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FOOD & DRINK

FOOD & DRINK

Frankensoju

Frankensoju

Frankensoju By Lisa Pollack

The sanitizing effect soju has on your taste buds is anything but appealing. It may make it a helpful stand-in for counter cleaner when you’re in a pinch, but as far as consumption the flavor isn’t exactly ideal to Western tastebuds. Starting with myself, and then looking to friends, I came up with a few ways to breathe new life into the nectar we all love to hate.

Sally Phillips - England Accessory: frozen milk tiara.

Wash Your Mouth Out With Soju (Kahlua Soju) Sally’s infatuation with milk came to a breaking point when it dominated her Korean lesson one day. The high point was learning how to order her next low-fat latte, but the low point was mixing up the vowels in the office the next day. The addition of Kahlua soju to her milk has proven effective for stifling the resultant flashbacks. -Heat 360 ml of coffee and 200 g of sugar on the stove just until dissolved. -Cool, then add a 360-ml bottle of soju and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or half a teaspoon of vanilla powder. -Mix equal parts Kahlua, soju and milk.

Lisa Pollack - USA Accessory: re-purposed denim bow.

Leah Galitzdorfer - USA

Sweet Strawberry Blonde (Soju Strawberry Lemonade) Since the obvious cocktail counterpart for my ginger complexion comes with a bit of a reputation (a red-headed slut), the daunting feat of soju Jagermeister was most likely a blessing in disguise. This gem surfaced as a tasteful alternative, and surely is more refreshing than a walk of shame. -In a glass, muddle three lemon slices, one strawberry and one tablespoon of sugar. -Add one shot of soju and top it off with sparkling water and ice.

Accessory: (this one wasn’t really made, just sewed onto back of shirt) python embroidered patch.

Sneak Attack (Fire-roasted Chile Mango Martini) Leah recently made quite the impression on her new soccer team. After an attempt to buy sugar left her with a bagful of salt, her frustration slipped out on an unsuspecting opponent. Deserving of a whistle, the assault led her teammates to reevaluate. Impressionably sultry and a little bit sweet, like Leah, don’t underestimate the punch that creeps up on you. -Char one chili over the stove, then halve it and put in 360 ml of soju. Let it infuse overnight. -Shake one shot of soju, 100 ml of mango juice and a shot of sparkling water with ice until chilled. -Serve up

Jeannette New - England Accessory: ice top hat w/ soju bottle shards and green tea jelly.

Johanna Wooden - USA Accessory: Jindo dog hair hat

Green Bling (Aloe Juice Cocktail) Jeannette is currently on a mission to create and wear a Korea-inspired accessory every day. Through this endeavor, she finds this cocktail serves double duty. For stress relief, the juices cleverly disguise the soju. In terms of meeting her quota, the residual chunks of aloe left on her front teeth provide a Korean (and sustainable!) alternative to a 14-karat grill. -1 shot of soju. -1 shot of white Vitamin Water. -Finish with aloe juice and ice.

“I pass no judgment if you’ve had to sneak a peek at your ARC card to remember your middle name the morning after a soju-fueled fiesta.” 22

June 2012 - Groove Korea Magazine

The Hair of the Jindo (Wasabi Bloody Mary) I pass no judgment if you’ve had to sneak a peek at your ARC card to remember your middle name the morning after a soju-fueled fiesta. The hangover is wicked and the cures are sparing. I’ve got just what you need. This tried and true method will have you back in the game in no tim: In a glass, mix two pinches of “beksul” seasoning, half a teaspoon of wasabi paste, and one tablespoon of lemon juice. Make your own sugar-less tomato juice by mixing one part tomato paste with four parts water, then fill the glass two-thirds full. Add three shakes of Tabasco, one teaspoon of Worcestershire, and a splash of Guinness. Serve in a saltrimmed glass over ice. Garnish with celery, pickled peppers and kimchi.

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