In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Make your next party an exciting one with Korean soju

It’s Korean Culture Week and HI Now host Kainoa Carlson and Rachel Pacarro are back in the kitchen to learn more about Korea’s number one spirit, soju!

Sponsored by Consulate General of the Republic of Korea

Traditional Korean soju started with rice and eventually moved to potatoes, sweet potatoes, and tapioca. Depending on the ingredients used, the alcohol content varies between 45% all thew ay down to 13%. Soju translates to ‘burnt liquor’ and was once the most popular drink in the world due to its affordability.

Erin Lee of Kukui Foods shows us a few drinking traditions in Korea. One tradition is to shake the bottle to create a small tornado before opening. When drinking with a group, always make sure to turn and drink away from elders around you. If you want to play a drinking game, Erin suggests playing Titanic. Pour beer into a glass cup. Place a shot glass in the beer and make sure it’s floating. Each player will take turns pouring soju into the shot glass until one person causes it to sink. That person must drink the glass!

Soju comes in all kinds of different flavors and sizes so head down to your nearest supermarket to try it out. Don’t forget to drink responsibly!