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Soju Lemon Drop Cocktail (소주 칵테일): Too Yummy Not To Share...:-) - Modern Pepper Video #21

Lemon Drop Cocktail (소주 칵테일) is one of my favorite cocktails! I love its refreshing tart taste from the freshly squeezed lemon juice, coupled with an ever so slight sweetness. AND every sip tastes even more refreshing...gulp, gulp, gulp...:-) I also love using Soju, instead of Vodka, to make this Lemon Drop Cocktail BECAUSE Soju is far less in alcohol. Vodka is usually at 80% alcohol proof. Soju, on the other hand, is usually in the teens (14-18% alcohol proof), depending on the manufacturer. I also love the taste of Soju for its clean aftertaste. AND, because of its less alcohol content, I can enjoy soju cocktails without getting too buzzed, too fast. No one enjoys getting hammered, especially when you are a mom and you have to wake up to little people in your house needing lots of TLC...LOL!

Looking for a quick cocktail recipe that you can make at home that is FULL of YUMMY REFRESHING FLAVORS of Fresh Lemon Taste??? Well, this is the perfect LEMON DROP COCKTAIL recipe (using Soju) for you to make at home and share with friends and family (adults-only)!

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You will find the following below:

- YouTube Video: Soju Lemon Drop Cocktail - Modern Pepper video #21

- links for cocktails gadgets

- Ingredient List

- Recipe Instruction

- Where to purchase Soju Chamisul Fresh in the Bay Area & Online retailers

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US legal drinking age is 21. Please drink responsibly.

YOUTUBE VIDEO #21: Soju Lemon Drop Cocktail

Below are all the cocktail gadgets you might consider in making this Soju Lemon Drop Cocktail:

(CLICK on the links below to view the item, NOT the pictures!)

Libbey 10-Ounce Preston Martini Glass, Clear, 4-Piece

Riedel Vinum XL Martini Glasses, Set of 2

Stainless Steel Boston Shaker: 2-piece Set: 18oz Unweighted & 28oz Weighted Professional Bartender Cocktail Shaker

Double Cocktail Jigger, Set of 3

RSVP Endurance Stainless Steel 3 Inch Conical Strainer

Hawthorne Cocktail Strainer - Stainless Steel Strainer for Professional Bartenders and Mixologist

OXO Good Grips Y Peeler - Vegetable/Zest Peeler

Top Rated Bellemain Premium Quality Stainless Steel Lemon Squeezer with Silicone Handles

Premium Parisian Cocktail Shaker Barware Set - Copper, 9 Piece

Master of Mixes Cocktail Essentials Premium Simple Syrup

Stirrings Simple Syrup 12 oz Bottle

Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bourbon Barrel Aged Cocktail Bitters - 59ml

Angostura Aromatic Cocktail Bitters - 16 Ounce Bottle

Scrappy's Bitters Exotic Bitters Mini Set, 4 ct, 0.5 oz (Lavender, Chocolate, Cardamom, and Grapefruit)


(Recipe for 1 Large Martini Glass Serving)

- 3 part Soju: Chamisul Fresh (1.5 oz pour x 3)

- 1 part fresh squeezed lemon juice (1.5 oz)

- 1 part simple syrup (1.5 oz)

- 1 dash of bitters (1 or 2 drops): optional

- Lemon zest peel (1 - 1.5 inch long)

- Ice cubes


Add a few cubes of ice to your martini glass and fill completely with water. Set this aside. In a large cocktail shaker, add the ingredients listed above (except for the lemon zest) and 4 - 6 cubes of ice. Place the smaller shaker into the large cocktail shaker (as shown in the video) and tap the end of the smaller shaker to secure its fitting into the large shaker. Holding the cocktail shakers with both hands, shake it (up and down motion) for 10-15 seconds. Tap the rim of the larger cocktail shaker on the edge of your kitchen counter to unlock/release the seal of the smaller shaker. Take a straw and taste the cocktail. If you wish to make it sweeter, add more simple syrup. If you wish to make it less strong, add some water. If you add more to the cocktail mixture, please place the smaller shaker back and shake it for another 10 seconds. Once you are satisfied with the taste of your cocktail, discard the water and the ice cubes in the martini glass. Place the cocktail strainer over the large cocktail shaker and pour the mixture into your martini glass, while pouring through the conical cocktail mesh strainer. (I use the conical cocktail mesh strainer to remove any lemon pulps. Having to taste lemon pulps in your cocktail sips might be less than ideal.) Using the vegetable peeler, slowly zig-zag from side to side to peel the lemon skin, instead of just pulling the peeler straight. The white part fo the lemon skin is bitter. So, it is ideal to remove the yellow part of the lemon skin only which is full of fragrant citrus oil. Roll up the lemon skin and gently twist it over your cocktail (as shown in the video). Then go around the rim of the cocktail glass with the lemon skin and up and down the stem of the glass. This is to perfume the cocktail with the lemon citrus oil so before you take your first sip, you can smell the refreshing fragrance of the lemon zest.

If you wish to add sugar around the rim of your martini glass, please follow the steps below:

On a plate (diameter must be slightly larger than the diameter of the martini glass), pour your sugar (white, brown or mixture of both). After you have chilled your martin glass and you are ready to pour the cocktail mixture, wet the rim of the martini glass with water. Then immediately, bury the rim into the plate of sugar. Let the rim hang out on the plate of sugar for 45 seconds or so. Then turn over the glass and pour your cocktail, and ENJOY! An alternative method if you are planning on making lots of these sugared rims for your party, once you add the sugar to the rim of the glass, place it in the freezer to harden the sugar around the rim. Once your guest arrives, you can pull out the sugared rimmed glass from the freezer and serve your lemon drop cocktail.

US legal drinking age is 21. Please drink responsibly.

Where to purchase Soju Chamisul Fresh in the Bay Area & Online retailers:

If you can make it to a Korean supermarket, you'll be able to purchase Soju at great prices. Most will also carry mega-size bottles that are great for big parties. And in my opinion, purchasing a six pack bottle is the most economical. Please see below for Korean markets in the bay area.

Now, if you don't live near Korean markets, you can order Soju from online retailers (check if you they ship to your state). Below are 2 online retailers that came up under Google search. (I have not ordered soju from online retailers.)


(Click on the hyperlinked names below)

San Francisco

- Woori Market

- First Korean Market

Unlike the mom-and-pop Korean markets in San Francisco, the markets outside of SF are GIANT size Korean supermarkets.

- Oakland: KP Asian Market

- Daly City: Kukje Supermarket

- Sunnyvale: Hangook Supermarket

- San Jose: H Mart

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