A yogurt cocktail might sound crazy if you're new to soju, but yogurt soju is popular in Korea and all over Asia. You'll find it in private homes and prominently displayed on bar menus. This Korean yogurt cocktail is made with soju and Asian yogurt.
This simple recipe for a yogurt soju cocktail adds tart flavor via lemon-lime soda (either Sprite or 7 Up works fine). Other recipes include fruit juice instead of, or in addition to, the soda (grapefruit juice is popular for its tart flavor). You can purchase flavored soju (peach, blueberry, and pomegranate flavors are popular) to use in this cocktail, as well.
Don't be afraid to experiment to see what combinations you like best, as it's difficult to make a bad Korean yogurt soju cocktail.
- 3 ounces soju
- 3 ounces Asian yogurt drink (plain or flavored)
- 3 ounces lemon-lime soda (Sprite or 7 Up are popular or fruit juice)
- Into a stainless-steel cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour equal parts soju, yogurt drink, and soda.
- Shake until ingredients are thoroughly chilled.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy.
What Is Soju?
Soju is a common, highly potent alcohol in Korea. It's made by fermenting and then distilling a mixture that contains mainly rice and a blend of wheat, barley, and even sweet potatoes, and is clear and mainly tasteless, much like vodka.
More About Asian Yogurt
This recipe uses an Asian-style yogurt drink that is a milk-based drink. It is watery compared to American yogurt, somewhat similar to kefir.
You can try an American yogurt drink if you don't have access to the Korean yogurt, as long as it's not too thick. You can use the plain (regular) flavor, but people do use the peach, strawberry, orange, melon, lychee, mango, and other fruit varieties as well.
Any of these flavors can be used to make your yogurt soju cocktail. In fact, there are numerous variations on the basic recipe, some of which include fruit-based garnishes.
Let the Drinker Beware
Both yogurt and soju go well with the fiery aspects of Korean cuisine, so it makes sense that they'd be mixed into a cocktail by Koreans.
But be careful, as the most common complaint about yogurt soju is that it's so easy to drink, you're drunk before you know it.