K-Culture:女生都愛喝的韓國果味燒酒Cocktail - HOKK fabrica

K-Culture:女生都愛喝的韓國果味燒酒Cocktail

HF Crewon May 29, 2015 at 10:33 am

What will soothe you in blue, or what will accompany you at happy moments? Koreans will agree with that soju is the best answer. As the world’s most-consumed and one of the cheapest alcohol, soju has been a long-time friend for Koreans. Some of you might be already familiar with this green bottled liquor since many Korean dramas and films feature drinking scenes where soju is, which evidences how soju closely relates with Koreans’ daily lives.

甚麼可以舒緩你的不快和在你快樂的時候陪伴你?韓國人必定會以燒酒作答案。作為世上最高消耗量和其中一種最平的酒,燒酒已經是韓國人的長期好友。有些人可能已經很熟悉這枝綠色酒瓶,因為很多韓國電視劇和電影中都會有喝燒酒的場景,這樣就可以證明韓國人和燒酒的關係有多密切。

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Photo via guim.co.uk

What is soju exactly?

Distilling alcohol from starch made of grain such as rice is the traditional way to get soju. Modern manufacturers simply replaced ingredients to cheaper ones, sweet potatoes for example. The common soju Koreans enjoy drinking is diluted alcohol with water and ethanol with about 20% alcohol by volume (ABV). Soju and its symbolic green bottle and bitter taste are now transforming to meet up with young 20s taste. Fruity soju is now catching heart of 20s female in Korea.

燒酒是由穀物,例如米,用傳統的蒸餾法提取的。現時的生產商以較便宜的材料去取代原本的材料,例如蕃薯。韓國人最常飲用的燒酒是以稀釋酒精混合水,而當中的乙醇以標準酒度計算是含20%。象徵燒酒的綠色玻璃瓶和那種苦澀的口味正隨著時代而改變到迎合年輕人口味,果味的燒酒俘虜了不少韓國年輕人的心。

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Photo via beer2day

Frankly speaking, the now existing soju, mostly containing 17% alcohol, is favored by men but rarely by female due to its bitter taste and high ABV. Hence, several eateries have been making sweeter versions of soju by adding fruity drinks and carbonated liquids. Due to the popular demand, soju manufacturers have now come up with a ready-to-serve cocktail soju, which does the sweetening process for you in advance. Hf will now introduce you to the trendiest types of fruity soju that are sweeping Korea.

老實說,現在的燒酒多數含有17%酒精,而因為那高濃度的酒精和苦澀味,所以多數只有男人喜歡,而女性就很少會喜歡。因此,幾間餐廳都把果汁和碳酸加進燒酒中,製成甜味燒酒。由於產品太受歡迎,所以燒酒生產商製作了一些現成的燒酒雞尾酒。Hf現在就為你介紹幾款在韓國最受歡迎的果汁燒酒。

From Soju to Soonhari

Lotte Beverage, one of the biggest soju providers in Korea, added Soonhari(순하리), which means ‘be soft,’ to its soju line called Cheoeumcheorum(처음처럼). Soonhari, like its name suggests, is a soft sweet cocktail soju low in alcohol, which is 14% ABV, with a natural citrus flavor which not only adds a fresh taste but also decreases unwanted alcoholic scents. Soonhari is a great hit in Korea that most shops are out of stocks.

樂天飲品是韓國其中一個最大的燒酒供應商,加入了意指溫和的Soonhari(순하리)入它生產的燒酒系列Cheoeumcheorum(처음처럼)當中。Soonhari就正如它名字的意思,是一種溫和帶甜的低酒精雞尾酒,它只包含14%酒精,具有天然柑桔香味,不但能添加一陣清新的味道,更減少了那不必要的酒精味。Soonhari已經成為韓國的新熱潮,很多商店亦已經賣斷市。

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Photos via huffpost.com

So far, Soonhari is the most popular cocktail soju, especially among young females. However, don’t be disappointed that there is only one manufactured cocktail soju at the moment. In fact, there are many other beverage brands that created, or, at least, in the process of launching cocktail soju lines with other flavors. Jinro Hite Beverage, manufacturer of the most popular soju brand Chamiseul(참이슬), launched kiwi soju cocktail. People say that it has a slight taste of kiwi at first and that its last sip is like a normal soju taste but sweeter. Zoeunday, another mega soju manufactuer, is on its way to show three types of cocktail soju – red, yellow and blue. Each tastes like pomegranate, citrus and blueberry. While the bottles maintain soju’s symbolic green color, the package will be redesigned by changing its barrelhead color and printing layouts on the outside.

到目前為止,Soonhari是最流行的雞尾酒燒酒,特別是在年輕女性圈子中。但不要因暫時只有一種雞尾酒燒酒而失望,事實上已經有很多飲品供應商正在研發或生產不同口味的雞尾酒燒酒。真露是最受歡迎的燒酒Chamiseul(참이슬)的生產商,已經推出了奇異果味的燒酒。嘗過的人都說入口時有奇異果味,但之後就會變成比較甜的普通燒酒味。Zoeunday亦是另一個大型的燒酒生產商,會推出三種新的雞尾酒口味,分別是紅色的石榴味、黃色的柑橘味和藍色的藍莓味。燒酒瓶將會維持象徵式的綠色,而瓶蓋和外在包裝紙則會重新設計。

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Soju used to be an evergreen liquor for a long time. Now its enlarged variations in tasty cocktail version are available for you. Try homemade soju cocktail and then compare it with Soonhari. Readymade soju cocktail is just realistic as the mixed one, but just much more enjoyable!

燒酒是一種長期受歡迎的飲品,而現在它更推出不同版本的美味燒酒供選擇。你亦可以嘗試自製燒酒雞尾酒再與Soonhari的作對比,現成的其實亦只是把不同口味混合在一起,只是比較方便享用。

How to Make Soju Cocktail?

編輯推薦,2款最適合夏天的soju cocktail,在家裡也可以動手做!

01 Soju Watermelon Cocktail

02 Soju Ginger Honey Cocktail

 

 

TEXT: SEONGMIN KIM
CHINESE TRANSLATION: LITTLEBUNNY
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