Apple Soju Cocktail Recipe

I’m not a big drinker — if I have too much (read: more than one drink) — I turn an embarrassing shade of tomato and promptly pass out. Nonetheless, sometimes I come across drinks that I really like. The apple soju cocktail is one of them.

While doing a search online for Momofuku recipes, I ran across a recipe for apple soju cocktails on It was originally printed the October 2007 issue of Gourmet. It’s a super simple recipe and even though I thought the soju would taste overwhelmingly strong, after adding the apples, it was light, refreshing and just a touch sweet. It’s the perfect summer cocktail.

Apple Soju Cocktail Recipe

makes 4 drinks

1/2 a Pink Lady apple
1 cup soju
2.5 cups chilled tonic water
4 lime wedges

Cut the apple into matchsticks then put in small pitcher and stir in soju. Let macerate, covered and chilled, at least 30 minutes.

Fill glasses with ice and strain about 1/4 cup soju into each glass and add some apple pieces and a wedge of lime. Top off the drinks with the tonic water and enjoy!

23 Comments add yours

  1. yum, can’t wait to try this! beautiful photos too!

    It’s super refreshing!

    steph on May 27th, 2010 at 7:28 pm
  2. that looks so yummy and refreshing!

    Thanks! It was really refreshing thanks to the lime.

    steph on May 28th, 2010 at 12:05 pm
  3. Beautiful. This is the one I love to drink in the summer afternoon!

    A pitcher of apple soju on summer afternoon would be awesome!

    steph on May 28th, 2010 at 12:05 pm
  4. Does it have much of an apple-ly taste to since you let the Apple sit inside the Soju?
    It sounds interesting if it does have an apple taste to it.

    How much did your bottle of Soju run you where you live? I saw some online but they were all $30+ a bottle.

    It did have an apple taste to it! It was light, but you could definitely taste the apple. The soju we got was about $12.

    steph on May 28th, 2010 at 12:12 pm
  5. sigh. i LOVE chu-hai/soju cocktails. sometimes i make my own infusions, but this is easier!

    It’s a pretty easy drink to make!

    steph on May 28th, 2010 at 12:12 pm
  6. Thanks! It was really refreshing thanks to the lime.

    I’m glad you liked it! Lime adds a little freshness to everything!

    steph on June 3rd, 2010 at 8:59 am
  7. oh my yum. i just want to pack that into a thermos and head to the beach.

    Hahaha, that’s an excellent idea, I might have to do that!

    steph on June 5th, 2010 at 8:59 am
  8. I loved this!! So refreshing and light. Thanks for sharing

    Thanks! I checked out your post, the lime flavoured sparkling water is a nice touch!

    steph on June 9th, 2010 at 9:28 am
  9. hi where did you get the lovely glass from ?
    thank you. sarah

    It’s from Crate and Barrel.

    thank you. will check it out now :)

    No problem! Hope you find it!

    steph on June 23rd, 2010 at 12:12 pm
    sarah on June 20th, 2010 at 12:33 pm
    steph on June 16th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    thank you!!

    sarah on September 22nd, 2010 at 7:20 am
  10. One of my favorite Soju cocktails is on TY KU’s website and is under 100 calories! It’s 1.5 oz. TY KU Soju
    2 oz. Pineapple Juice
    Splash of Vermouth
    Splash of Agave Nectar.
    It is sooo refreshing and all my friends love it when i make it for them! I highly recommend trying it.

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