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For #ThirstyThursday this week, now roaming around South Korea, we’re having our first sips of the country’s national drink: soju!
This is an alcohol with origins of distilled rice, wheat, or barley. But today’s soju is usually just ethanol that’s been watered down to about 20%-35% alcohol and with some artificial flavoring thrown in for good measure. It’s cheap stuff found in the convenience stores and costs less than a can of beer. Sounds great, huh?
It’s drunk chilled, neat, and as a shot. We were a little scared to try. So how is it?
It tastes what you would expect watered down ethanol to taste like. It goes down harsh, but not too terribly offensive. It certainly helps to warm you up from the insides in this cold weather!
And the more we drink it, the more we think it’s okay-ish. Then again, perhaps ask us tomorrow what we think about soju. It’s notorious for producing horrible hangovers! Uh-oh. 🤤
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Hay, you give your car a shot too!
If you think that soju is rocket fuel, wait til you get to China and try baijiu! It's wayyyyy worse. I remember when I worked at a Korean school in Beijing and went out to dinner with the staff, the boss kept pouring my beers (in tiny glasses, as per usual). After a few I was already feeling quite buzzed, which I found strange since Chinese beer is so watered down. Took a look over at boss man, and noticed he was pouring a bit of soju in every glass along with the beer. That's a one-way ticket to drunk town!