Korean Mojito Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Korean Mojito is a refreshing twist on the classic Cuban Mojito, incorporating Korean flavors like soju and Asian pear. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a fusion of flavors and a touch of Asian flair.

  • Originated in South Korea
  • Popular among young adults and tourists
  • A great choice for summer parties and gatherings

How Korean Mojito Tastes?

The Korean Mojito has a crisp, refreshing taste with a balance of sweet, sour, and slightly bitter flavors. The soju adds a smooth, clean finish, while the Asian pear provides a subtle sweetness and fruity undertone.

Interesting facts about Korean Mojito

  • The Korean Mojito is a fusion of Cuban and Korean flavors, making it a unique and interesting cocktail choice.
  • Soju, a Korean distilled spirit, is the main alcohol in this cocktail, replacing the traditional rum.
  • Asian pear, also known as Korean pear, adds a distinct sweetness and texture to the drink.


  • Soju: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Fresh lime juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Simple syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Mint leaves: 6-8
  • Asian pear: 0.5
  • Soda water: Top
  • Garnish: Mint Sprig and Asian Pear Slice


The soju provides the alcoholic kick and smoothness that characterizes the Korean Mojito. If you use more than 2oz, you might overpower the delicate flavors of the other ingredients. Less, and you could end up with a mocktail!

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Fresh Lime Juice

Fresh lime juice adds the necessary tartness and zing to the cocktail. Not enough lime juice will make the drink flat, while too much can make it too sour. It's the citrus bridge that balances the garden of mint and the sweetness of the pear.

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Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is the sweet whisper pulling all the contrasting flavors into sweet harmony. A good cocktail should flirt with your taste buds, not drown them in sugar! Too much will spoil the soju's chance to shine, too little and the tartness of lime may be too bold.

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Mint Leaves

Mint leaves are like the crowd waving at the start of a race, they signal the freshness and start of a great cocktail experience. Crushing the life out of them is a no-no; a gentle muddle is enough to bring out their flavor without making it taste like toothpaste.

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Asian Pear

The Asian pear is the secret twist that sets this Mojito apart. It provides a sweet, floral note that carries the drink to exotic places. No pear, no party—it's what gives this Mojito its Korean passport!

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Soda Water

The soda water is the effervescent energy that brings life to the ingredients. It stretches the flavors across your palate like a fizzy red carpet. Without it, you're just sipping a flat fruit salad in a cup.

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Finally, the garnish of mint sprig and Asian pear slice is the cocktail's suit and tie. They're not just there to look pretty; they whisper a preview of the flavors to come with every sip.

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Recipe. How to make Korean Mojito Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves and Asian pear.
  2. Add soju, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
  4. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Top with soda water.
  6. Garnish with a mint sprig and an Asian pear slice.

Pro Tips

  • Use a muddler to gently press the mint leaves and Asian pear to release their flavors, but avoid over-muddling, which can make the drink bitter.
  • Adjust the simple syrup amount to your preferred sweetness level.

Perfect Pairings

Korean Mojito Pairings

The Korean Mojito's bright and fresh profile makes it versatile for pairing. Here are some ideal pairings:

  • Appetizers: Fresh spring rolls, kimchi pancakes, or shrimp tempura.
  • Main Courses: Grilled meats like bulgogi or galbi, light fish dishes, or stir-fried noodles.
  • Desserts: Green tea ice cream or fruit-based desserts like a pear tart.
  • Snacks: Roasted seaweed or salted nuts.

Food Pairing Tip: The crispness of the cocktail complements spicy and rich flavors, so don't hesitate to serve it with Korean barbeque or spicy tofu stew.

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What you could change in Korean Mojito

  • Rum can be used instead of soju for a more traditional Mojito flavor.
  • Regular pear can be used if Asian pear is not available, but the flavor and texture may differ slightly.

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And of course - twists🍹

Soju Mojito with Ginger

  • Replace Asian pear: with 2-3 slices of fresh ginger, muddled.
  • New ingredient: Add a dash of Angostura bitters.

The ginger will give the drink a lively, warm kick that contrasts with the mint's coolness. The bitters bring depth and complexity to the party. It's like inviting a philosopher and a dancer to dance together—unexpected but beautiful.

Cucumber Korean Mojito

  • Add to ingredients: 3-4 slices of cucumber.
  • New technique: Muddle cucumber with mint and pear.

This twist is like a spa day in a glass. The cucumber melds with the mint and pear to create a rejuvenating beverage that feels both cleansing and indulgent. You'll feel refreshed after each sip—ready to take on the world, or at least the next round of appetizers.

Spicy Korean Mojito

  • New ingredient: A small slice of jalapeño or Korean chili, seeds removed.
  • Adjust: Slightly increase the simple syrup to balance the heat.

This version brings a dragon's breath to the Korean Mojito, a burst of heat tamed by the sweetness of the pear and the soju's smoothness. It's a cocktail that challenges you to a delicious duel—will you accept the challenge?

In case you forgot basics how to make Korean Mojito

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Korean Mojito

What other garnishes work well with a Korean Mojito?

Aside from a mint sprig and Asian pear slice, you can also try adding a splash of color and flavor with a slice of lime or lemon.

Where did soju originate?

Soju originated from Korea and is traditionally made from rice, wheat, or barley. It's a popular spirit in many Asian countries.

Can I make Korean Mojito in batches for a large gathering?

Yes, you can multiply the amounts of the ingredients as per the number of servings. However, make sure to taste the mix for balance of flavors before serving.

What can be a suitable non-alcoholic substitute for soju in a Korean Mojito?

Non-alcoholic distilled spirits designed to mimic the flavor of soju can be used, or you can consider using a mix of white grape juice and lime juice as a substitute.

What is the significance of muddling in cocktail preparation?

Muddling allows the flavors from solid ingredients like fruits and herbs to infuse into the cocktail. It's an essential step in preparing cocktails like Mojitos.

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