There’s a place in LA that serves Soju and Sake fruit cocktails and after I tried a few, I knew I wanted to make some! Soju is a Korean distilled beverage made from wheat, rice or barley. And of course Sake is made from fermented rice and originally from Japan. I personally prefer unfiltered Sake as it’s a little smoother and sweeter! These make ahead Soju and Sake cocktails are a fun way to serve drinks when entertaining. Technically you can make any type of shaken cocktail, store it in the fridge, then pass them out when guests arrive. The great thing about using these 8oz jars with lids is that you can easily shake it up right before you serve! The mess of preparing the cocktails is already cleaned and you can focus on entertaining your guests! These are both great cocktail options for anyone who doesn’t like hard spirits like Vodka, Gin, etc. To create an easy and somewhat healthier version of a hard liquor cocktail, we’re just using fresh juice and soju or sake. They taste amazing! Below are two versions that I personally love. One is a pineapple juice, ginger and turmeric with unfiltered sake and the other is a fresh watermelon juice, lime and soju. Both Soju and Sake cocktails should be drank cold!
Pineapple Ginger Sake Cocktail (makes 5 8oz cocktails)
6 cups pineapple juice (fresh or store bought)
6 large chunks of fresh ginger, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons turmeric spice
1 bottle unfiltered Sake (1 1/4 oz for each cocktail)
If you know you’ll be making these a few days ahead of time, I would toss the ginger into a bottle with 6 cups pineapple juice and let it infuse that way. Then add in the turmeric and shake. If you’re doing it quickly, heat the pineapple juice, ginger and turmeric in a large pan and bring to a boil, whisking. Simmer for about 20 minutes, then let it cool back to room temp.
To make the cocktail, pour 2/3 cups juice into each 8oz glass jar. Then add in 1 1/4 oz unfiltered sake. Close the lid and shake. Then store in the refrigerator until cold before you serve.
Watermelon Lime Soju Cocktail (makes 5 8oz cocktails)
1 medium watermelon
2 1/2 limes
1 bottle Soju
Cut the watermelon in half and scoop out the inside into a blender. Blend on high until it’s liquid. Strain through a mess strainer into a bowl with a spout. Then add in fresh lime juice from 2 1/2 limes.
Pour 2/3 cup juice into each 8oz glass jar. Add in 1 1/4 oz (or more if you want!) Soju and shake. Store in the fridge until cold and then serve!