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Soju • Dry
Soju Bomb

Don't judge a Bomb by its cover. The Soju Bomb (aka Somaek) resembles its cousin, the Sake Bomb, when the is shot posed on chopsticks above a glass (or lined up in an epic Seoul Train). But the difference in flavor and ABV is significant. Soju packs a bigger punch than sake, coming in at two to three times the proof. It's also paired with feathery light Korean beer (local favorites are Cass Fresh and Hite), which requires a very specific ratio of spirit to brew: three parts soju to seven parts beer, to be exact. Achieve this perfect formula, and you'll experience the puzzling chemistry that makes the drink so popular. The combination brings out the sweetness of the beer, smooths the grainy edges of the soju, and makes the tall glass oh-so easy to slam down.

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1.5 oz soju
3.5 oz Korean Beer


  • Pour beer into pint glass.
  • Pour soju into shot glass.
  • Perch two chopsticks on the top of the pint glass and rest the shot on top.
  • Slam your hands on either side of the glass to drop in the shot, then drink.