5 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Jinro’s Soju

Article by Camille Dominique Javier

Drinking is part of almost any social event. Whether you’re hosting a party or going to one, why not add to the fun with these mixed drinks that everyone can enjoy? Add some variety to your roster of drinks by trying out new kinds of alcohol.

Soju is probably one of the more underrated kinds of alcohol out there, but it actually mixes well with different kinds of flavors and gives just the right kick. At 20% to 40% alcohol per volume, this beverage hails from Andong, Korea and has the neutral taste like vodka but also a slight aftertaste of vanilla and whipped cream, making it all the more versatile. It’s usually distilled from rice, but it was tweaked with alternatives like wheat, barley, and even sweet potatoes!

The earliest traces of soju dates back to the 13th century, making it one of Korea’s traditional (alcoholic) beverages. Given its dated presence in history, it’s interesting to know that drinking soju actually comes with proper etiquette that must be followed when being consumed, especially in Korea. Because drinking tends to be a communal practice in Korea as in everywhere else, it is considered rude to pour your own glass of soju when you’re drinking with anyone. Instead, hold your hands out and allow yourself to be served by the oldest one at the table. Soju is typically given as a gift in Korea, especially during big holidays towards the end of the year, making it the perfect drink to celebrate with!

Korea’s most popular soju brand is Jinro. Its versatility makes it perfect for mixing, whether you want your drink fruity or creamy. Fortunately, Jinro is widely available in the Philippines and even comes in flavored variants! Try your hand at some of these Korean-inspired mixes! Give it a shot (pun intended)!

5 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Jinro’s Soju

5. Subak Soju Slushie

Get the refreshing and cool taste of summer anytime you want with this fruity slushie! Subak is not only easy to make, but is also perfect for sharing!

What you’ll need: 

1 mini watermelon (ideally, seedless)

1 bottle of Jinro soju

Half a liter of Sprite (roughly 335ml)

How to make it: 

  1. Slice the top (roughly 1 to 1 and a half inch) off of the watermelon
  2. Scoop the watermelon meat out and remove the seeds
  3. Leave the watermelon in the refrigerator to cool while you make the slush.
  4. Place the watermelon meat in a blender and blend until your a smooth juice texture is achieved.
  5. Strain the watermelon juice into a pitcher or container.
  6. Mix in the watermelon juice with soju and sprite.
  7. Take out the watermelon and pour in the mix. Allow it to settle then freeze for 2 to 3 hours.
  8. Enjoy!

4. Energizer

Jumpstart any party with this energizing drink mix! This drink will leave your friends awake and shookt by how good it is.

What you’ll need: 

1/4 cup ice

1 shot Jinro soju

1/2 cup of an sweet energy drink of your choice (ideally Powerade or Gatorade)

1/2 cup of strong energy drink of your choice (e.g. Red Bull)

How to make it: 

  1. Get a large glass and put in some ice.
  2. Pour in both energy drinks. Stir.
  3. Add in a shot of Soju. Stir again.
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy!

3. Cojinganmek

Try saying this when you’ve had too much to drink. :p This tongue twister of a drink is actually pretty simple and easy to make, though. Cojinganmek is a Korean word that translates to: “The bad things come first, then the good things follow”. Despite its complicated-sounding name, it’s really just an equal part mix of cola, beer, and soju. It’s the perfect chill-numan drink that doesn’t hit too hard (although you’re free to spike it with more soju for a stronger hit).

What you’ll need: 


Any beer of your choice

1 bottle of Jinro Soju


How to make it: 

  1. Get a large pitcher. Fill in one-fourth of the container with ice.
  2. Measure an equal part of beer and cola.
  3. Add the cola followed by the beer. Stir well.
  4. Add one to two shots of Jinro soju, depending on the size of your container and how strong you prefer your drink.
  5. Stir well and serve immediately.

2. Soju Mule

Planning to unleash the beast? Maybe you just need the right kick? Check out this soju mix that’ll hit you with the right kind of wow!

What you’ll need: 

6 tbsp. Jinro (flavored, optional) Soju

1 tbsp. Lime Juice

1/4 cup Ginger beer (e.g. Smirnoff Mule)

How to make it: 

  1. Fill a cup of your choice with ice.
  2. Mix in soju and lime juice and give it a good stir.
  3. Make sure the soju and lime juice has settled before topping it off with the ginger beer.
  4. Stir lightly and add a lime or other fruit of your choice. Enjoy!

1. Korean Yogurt Soju

Bored of your usual fruity and creamy cocktail mixes? Feeling a little experimental? Don’t hesitate to try this soju yogurt mix that gives everyone’s favorite childhood drink an unexpected twist!

What you’ll need: 

6 tbsp. Jinro soju (flavored, optional)

6 tbsp. Sprite, 7-Up, or any lime-flavored soda

6 tbsp. Yakult or any yogurt drink of your choice

How to make it: 

  1. Fill a stainless steel shaker with ice.
  2. Pour in equal parts of the soju, yogurt drink, and soda.
  3. Shake well until all components are mixed and chilled.
  4. Pour into a glass and serve.

Bonus: Take it as a shot!

These 5 mixes not living up to your taste? When all else fails, take soju as it is – plain and simple! That way, you can taste and savor it in all of its glory. Enjoy!

Know any other mixes that work well with Jinro’s soju? Let us know in the comments!




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