Soju is a popular Korean alcohol made from rice, wheat, and barley. It’s delicious in a variety of cocktails like soju martinis or Soju Bombs. However where can you buy it? This guide will help you find the best types of soju and where to buy them!
You can find soju at any Korean supermarket, and it comes in a variety of types. Find the one that suits your tastes: do you like sweet or dry? Do you want to drink straight or mixed with something else?
The most popular brands are Jinro (마일) for those who prefer their drinks on the sweeter side; Hite/Hiteqlo (힝젤), which is more common among Koreans than Westerners due to its lower price point.
If you’re not sure where to start, buy from major chains such as Lotte Mart (LOTTEMART) – they have stores all over Korea!
Budgets vary but a good place to start is with a $20-25 price range for a 750ml bottle.
You can buy a range of soju at any Korean supermarket, and it comes in a variety of types.
How Much Soju Should I Buy? | Budget varies depending on type.
If you’re looking for a cheap but delicious option, Jinro is the way to go.
A budget of around $20 or less will buy you 750ml bottle that provides about 12 servings.
This would be good if you want to share with friends over dinner or drinks on the weekend – it’ll last and stretch! More expensive options include Hite (하이데) which starts at ~$28 per 750ml; these are more niche brands so they may not always be available in your area but can make an excellent gift/choice for drinkers who know what they like.
There’s also been a trend recently where people have started making their own soju cocktails: mixers such as iced tea, club soda or Sprite give it a refreshing taste.
Have you ever had soju on the rocks? It’s quite popular in Korea and is basically when instead of drinking your beverage straight from the bottle like we do with beer, you put ice cubes into a glass before pouring in soju (expect to see different brands use slightly less alcohol).
This drink is called “bokkal soju” (볶음수, literally translated as ‘soju poured on ice’) and you can find it in convenience stores for about $0.50!
where to buy soju · there’s also been a trend recently where people have started making their own soju cocktails · this drink is called 탁수 맥주 which means “ice beer” · expect to see different brands use slightly less alcohol than the standard 40% ABV found in most other hard liquors like vodka or whiskey
The more expensive options include Hite which starts at ~$28 per 750ml; Jinro which starts at ~$28 per 750ml; and Chumsoo
these are all 40% ABV. 탁수맥주 is a drink where soju (40%) mixed with beer (60%).
Hite · Jinro · Chamsoe
Tinggwoli – 35% alcohol by volume (~$44 per 750mL) 꿀살이 사무다 – 27.25% alc./vol.(~$74 per 750mL). These two brands of soju are both distilled from rice wine, more like sake in style than the others listed here. They’re typically not served as standalone drinks but rather mixed with other drinks or served as a dessert.
Tinggwoli – 35% alcohol by volume (~$44 per 750mL)
Hangwoli – 40% alcohol by volume (~$30 per 500ml)
Gukgulmi 물향주 is made where barley and sweet potatoes are combined to create an unfiltered drink that’s fermented for eight months before being filtered and bottled. It has a flavor reminiscent of sherry or saki.
간후미술 요살이 매 – 35% alcohol by volume (~$38 per 750mL). This one is made up of water, rice wine and barley malt, making it pale in color with a slight taste that’s sweet without being cloying. It can be served on its own or mixed into other drinks (e.g., fruit punch) for flavor enhancement.
Jinro soju- There are two kinds: Jinro Special Clear Soju which is 33% alc./vol.(~$25 per 500ml), and the more popular Jinro Chamisul Soju at 40% alc/vol.