Soju Makgeolli / North Korea


Are there cocktails in North Korea too? Of course. I recommend the Suju Makgeolli Cocktail. With two Korean ingredients and very tasty and delicious. You can also mix the cocktail well at home, you don’t have to travel to North Korea.


  • 2 shots Soju
  • 3 shots Makgeolli
  • ice cubes
  • apple slices


  1. Fill the glass with ice.
  2. Add 2 shots Soju and 3 shots Makgeolli.
  3. Stir for 20 seconds.
  4. Garnish with apple slices and serve with a straw.


Soju is a spirit from Korea. The most important raw ingredient is rice, almost always in combination with other foods containing carbohydrates such as potatoes, wheat or barley. Soju is clear and typically has an alcohol content of 20%. It has been distilled since at least the 14th century. The name literally means brandy.


Makgeolli is a naturally cloudy alcoholic drink from Korea with an alcohol content of mostly 5–8%, in some cases up to 13%. It is made from rice with the addition of water, nuruk (wheat or rice cultures) and yeast, is only roughly filtered and therefore milky-white and has a mild, slightly sour and sweet taste. Sometimes variants with additional ingredients such as corn or fruit are offered. Compared to many other types of alcohol, makgeolli is high in protein and contains fewer calories. Thanks to the lactic acid bacteria and yeast, the drink is also enriched with vitamins and some carbonic acid.