What Even is Soju?

First things first though, for those of you who have yet to be enlightened, let me introduce you to the wonder that is soju: soju is an alcohol of Korean origin that's clear, colorless, and starch-based. So, basically a lot like vodka, but with around half the alcohol percentage — and minus all the bad memories. In fact, regular soju tastes pretty much like diluted vodka. 

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Flavored soju however, is amazing. It's basically alcoholic fruit juice, and for those of you who are anything like me and have the tastebuds of a 5 year old, I promise you won't want to get drunk off anything else from now on.

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The Process

To come up with this ranking of the best soju flavors, I went to two liquor stores in Koreatown and grabbed a bottle of every single soju flavor available. I came back home with a total of 9 flavors (from L-R in above image): Pomegranate, Peach (Good Day), Peach (Chum Churum), Grapefruit, Citrus, Pineapple, Green Grape, Apple and Blueberry. I put some friends to a blind taste test of all the best soju flavors and here's what we got: 

The Results

9. Pomegranate

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This came dead last because we think it tastes like alcoholic cough syrup. 

8. Blueberry

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Not really a fan of this one because it has a bad aftertaste and tastes more like blueberry-flavored gum or toothpaste than actual blueberries.

7. Citrus

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Probably the one with the strongest alcohol flavor out of all the others, so if you like that, you might like this one more than we do. Being citrus-flavored, it has a slightly bitter aftertaste, but is quite refreshing.

6. Grapefruit

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Grapefruit is definitely better than we thought it would be. We thought it would be quite bitter but it's a lot more fruity than we expected.

5. Pineapple

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Smells and tastes fine, but slightly artificial. Definitely not bad though, a solid middle.

4. Peach (Good Day)

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There were two peach flavors in our roundup and this one has a stronger alcoholic-bitterness than the other, hence the lower placement. Still really good though.

3. Apple

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Starting off our top 3 now! We love this one, it's very smooth, and tastes and smells a lot like the actual fruit.

2. Peach (Chum Churum)

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Probably the sweetest out of all them, which really helps to mask the flavor of alcohol. In our opinion, the Good Day Peach (#4) tastes like flavored alcohol whereas the Chum Churum Peach (#2) tastes like alcohol-infused juice, which is why we like it better.

And our absolute favorite:

1. Green Grape

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We all agree this was our definite favorite! It tastes like a grape gummy candy, and we can see ourselves drinking this as a chaser for other, worse tasting alcohols.


Despite the fact that some flavors ranked lower than others, I'd still gladly take any flavored soju over most other alcohols any day. Flavored soju goes really well with savory bar foods and also makes for a pretty great chaser (tbh). 

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#SpoonTip: try mixing different flavors together and making your own flavored-soju cocktail concoctions, because why not? 

(Also: can someone please make a melon flavored soju and a lychee flavored soju? Just a suggestion..)