Soju Bomb Cocktail Recipe

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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 Soju Bomb, also known as Somaek, is a popular Korean cocktail that combines soju and beer. It is believed to have originated in South Korea in the 1990s and quickly gained popularity among young adults. The name 'Soju Bomb' comes from the way the drink is typically served - with a shot glass of soju dropped into a glass of beer, creating a 'bomb' effect.

  • Origin: South Korea
  • Popular among young adults
  • Named after the 'bomb' effect created when the shot glass is dropped into the beer

How Soju Bomb Tastes?

The Soju Bomb has a unique taste that is a combination of the crisp, refreshing flavor of beer and the smooth, slightly sweet taste of soju. It is light, fizzy, and easy to drink, making it a popular choice for social gatherings and parties.

Interesting facts about Soju Bomb

  • The Soju Bomb is sometimes called Somaek, which is a combination of the words 'soju' and 'maekju' (Korean for beer)
  • It is common to play drinking games with Soju Bombs in South Korea
  • Soju is the most consumed liquor in the world, with South Korea being the largest consumer


  • Soju: 1 shot
  • Beer: 1 glass


The heart of the Soju Bomb, soju is a clear Korean spirit traditionally made from rice. It adds a smooth and slightly sweet base that, when dropped into the beer, creates a fizzy and fun explosion of taste. Using just a shot keeps the drink potent but not overwhelming. Without the soju, well, you'd just have a lonely glass of beer.

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Beer is the fizzy backdrop that soju stars against. It's typically a light-bodied lager that complements the soju rather than competing with it. Pouring half a glass prevents an overly aggressive overflow when you drop in the soju shot. You could substitute it with ale or another type of beer for different flavor profiles, but that might change the dynamics of the 'bomb' part of the cocktail.

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Recipe. How to make Soju Bomb Drink

  1. Fill a shot glass with soju
  2. Pour beer into a glass, filling it about halfway
  3. Carefully drop the shot glass of soju into the beer glass
  4. Enjoy the Soju Bomb!

Pro Tips

  • Use a light, crisp beer for the best flavor combination
  • Drop the shot glass from a low height to avoid splashing
  • Drink the Soju Bomb quickly after dropping the shot glass to enjoy the full 'bomb' effect

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Korean BBQ: The savory and sometimes spicy flavors of Korean BBQ would be cut nicely by the crispness of the Soju Bomb.
  • Fried Chicken: A classic pairing, the bubbles in the beer help to cleanse the palate between bites of crispy, greasy goodness.
  • Kimchi Pancakes: The effervescence of the cocktail lands perfectly alongside the tangy and savory notes of kimchi pancakes.

Drink Pairings

  • Water: To stay hydrated while enjoying Soju Bombs, alternating with water is a smart choice.
  • Green Tea: A non-alcoholic option that complements the flavors of soju and beer without overwhelming the palate.

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What you could change in Soju Bomb

If soju is not available, you can substitute it with another clear liquor, such as vodka or sake.

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Apple Soju Bomb

  • Soju
  • Beer
  • A splash of apple juice

This twist adds a fruity note to the classic bomb. The apple juice brings a touch of sweetness and tartness, creating a more complex flavor profile. It also adds a slight hint of autumn to every sip.

Spicy Soju Bomb

  • Soju infused with chili peppers
  • Beer

Kick things up a notch with chili-infused soju. It brings a spicy twist to the mix that pairs wonderfully with the bubbly beer. Be ready for the heat and the enhanced buzz!

Soju Bomb Float

  • Soju
  • Beer
  • A scoop of lemon or lime sorbet

Drop a scoop of sorbet into your beer for a cooling effect and an additional layer of tangy flavor. The sorbet slowly melts into the beer, adding a refreshing citrus note to the cocktail while giving your taste buds an icy treat.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Soju Bomb

What type of beer should I use for making a Soju Bomb?

While the choice of beer is up to your preference, a light, lager-style beer traditionally works the best for Soju Bomb.

Is it necessary to consume Soju Bomb quickly?

Yes, to enjoy the full 'bomb' effect, it's recommended to drink Soju Bomb quickly after the soju shot is dropped into the beer.

What is Korea's drinking culture like?

Korea's drinking culture is quite social and involves many drinking games, toasts, and group cheers, often involving cocktails like Soju Bombs.

What does Soju taste like?

Soju has a smooth, slightly sweet taste. It has been described as somewhat similar to vodka but sweeter and less harsh.

Can I mix Soju with any other drinks?

Yes, Soju is a versatile spirit. Besides beer, you can mix it with various non-alcoholic drinks or other cocktails.

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