Soju is a fun and affordable Korean alcoholic drink that’s gaining quite a bit of popularity around the world.
You are missing out if you’ve never had soju before. The clear, colorless, often odorless drink goes down quite easily compared to most other alcoholic drinks.
Soju’s original flavor is quite distinct and it also comes in many different fruit flavors that are equally delicious and addictive. Many people refer to it as tasting like slightly alcoholic fruit juice!
The 10 Best Soju Flavors
With so many fruity and fresh flavors out there, you might be feel a bit lost right? But don’t worry, to help you in your choice, we selected for you the 10 best soju flavours we recommend you to taste!
- Green Grape
- Green Apple
If you love strawberry flavored food and drinks, then strawberry soju will be right up your alley!
Unlike other flavors that taste nothing like their fruit counterpart, strawberry soju has a distinct berry smell to it, and the taste is as sweet and delicious as can be (some people might find it too sweet, but it’s exactly what you’d expect in a fruit flavored drink).
Don’t be fooled though, the alcoholic hit afterwards is still as potent as any other fruit-flavored soju bottle.
Cocktail idea: Smash a few strawberries up in a glass, pour two shots of soju in, pour two bottles of yakult in, fill it up with ice and mix it up!
Yoghurt is another unlikely candidate for the best flavor soju, but it has worked hard to earn its spot. It’s fairly new compared to the other fruit flavors, but seeing as how many people chose to drink their soju with Yakult, it seemed inevitable.
The yoghurt’s slight tang and subtle sweetness makes the perfect combination. If you love flavors but find the other fruity flavors a tad too sweet, this is the next best thing.
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Peach is arguably one of the most requested soju flavors, simply because it’s peach!
Peach is a universally loved flavor because of its sweet and addictive smell, and tangy and sweet taste. Peach flavored soju is almost like a peach Hi-Chew, except slightly alcoholic.
Peach soju pairs well with spicy food, so if you’re ordering spicy chicken, buldaejjigae, or ttaekbokki, this is the perfect choice.
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4. Green Grape
Green grape is precisely how you’d imagine it: sweet, with a faint grape smell and refreshing aftertaste.
It’s much-loved for its low sweet level and zero bitterness. Some people liken it to drinking grape juice with a tinge of alcohol.
It’s a great choice for those who like to drink wine, as it is slightly reminiscent of the scent.
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Plum is not a widely known flavor, but if we were to describe it, the taste would be somewhere between green grape, peach, and a little bit of apple. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect concoction?
The smell, however, is a different story. Try not to take a whiff of it as you drink it, because it’s a bit like a fruit-flavoured medicine!
To enhance the flavor of the plum, try and mix it with some yakult.
6. Green Apple
Green apple is definitely one of the best soju flavors. It has always been a fan-favorite fruit across multiple drink mediums, and it’s no different with soju. Green apple soju almost tastes like drinking candy.
The crisp, refreshing taste of the green apple makes taking a shot of soju quite pleasant. It’s not overly sweet, so it’s a good choice for everybody.
It’s a great base flavor to mix with other drinks.
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Lychee is not as widely available as other flavours, but if you come across it, definitely give it a shot!
Like its fresh counterpart, lychee soju has the most wonderful tropical fruit smell. Once you pop the lid open, it’s undeniable that it is lychee flavored, as the sweet and slightly floral scent fills your nose.
It’s definitely one of the fruitier flavors, so it’s a great option for those not wanting to go to heavy on the alcohol and prefer a lighter, sweeter drinking experience.
Grapefruit is a zesty flavor of soju that’s refreshing like a breeze on a hot summer day.
It’s the perfect choice for those who are avoiding the original flavor, like the citrus-y taste, and don’t want a drink that’s overly sweet. The level of sweetness actually perfectly balances out the alcoholic taste so you have the best of both worlds.
If you’re a particular fan of grapefruit, you will appreciate the slight bitter aftertaste, reminiscent of an actual grapefruit peel!
Yuzu is a citrus fruit that is native mainly in East Asia, so it’s common for people around the world to have never eaten the fruit or ever tried Yuzu-flavored things before.
However, it’s quite popular in Japan and Korea!
Imagine a mix of grapefruit, lemon, and lime – refreshing, light, and a little sour. Yuzu flavor soju tastes exactly like that.
Because of its clear and fresh taste, it’s able to cut through heavy dishes quite easily, and so is a popular soju flavor for when you’re eating meals such as Korean BBQ and stews.
Honeydew makes the list because of its addictive melon smell and sweet candy-like taste.
Imagine a Melona ice cream bar, but in liquid form, with the ability to get you just a little tipsy.
It’s relatively new to the market compared to traditional flavors like peach and green apple, so you won’t be able to get it everywhere. We definitely recommend giving it a go if you happen to come across it! It’s unique and will likely become a favorite.
This list of soju flavors contains some of the best, most highly rated flavors there are out there right now. However, there are still plenty of delicious flavors out there that haven’t made the cut, that are still worth a try.
Shoutout to watermelon soju flavor, which is amazing when blended with an actual watermelon for a slushy-type cocktail, or pineapple soju flavor, which is reminiscent of a pina colada.
Why not organise a night with your friends, try and get your hands on as many of these flavored bottles as you can, to do your own taste test? While you are at it, make sure to play some of these Korean drinking games!
You can also learn about soju etiquette in our complete guide about how to drink soju.