Quick, what the best selling liquor brand in the world? Stolichnaya? Johnnie Walker? Not even close. Unless you’ve spent a lot of time in Korea, you’d never guess Jinro. Brewed and distilled in South Korea, it is traditionally drunk straight up with meals.
Soju is an interesting liquor, as it has a specific exception in California and New York allowing it to be served with only a beer and wine license. Also, at 48 proof, it allows you to make a mixed drink an a cocktail glass that doesn’t knock you on your ass after a couple of them. For all it’s glory, the Martini is a drink you cannot take lightly.
Perfect, thought my wife, Miranda, for a little experimentation. Her creation: the Chick Korea follows.
2 oz soju
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz St Germain
1 oz Cherry Liqueur (homemade in this case)
Combine everything with ice in a cocktail shaker. Serve in a cocktail glass with a twist.
Frankly, I really liked it, not too sweet and the cherry lends it a little color while not overpowering the delicious elderberry.