Cojinganmek (구징안픽) is the cocktail of Korean goddesses.
It’s disgustingly good and far too easy to throw back too many before you realize what one shot of soju, one shot of beer and a shot of coke can do to your liver.
This lovely cocktail is just as much fun to make as it is to drink too. (Here in South Korea, I love getting to play bartender pouring a round for everyone as most drinks are served by the bottle.)
In a small beer glass, place one shot glass. Fill the shot glass about three-quarters full with Coke or Pepsi, both are commonly referred to as cola in the ROK.
Place a second shot glass in the first glass of coke. Fill it about three-quarters full with your favorite soju. Currently I have a preference for “original,” but the choice is yours. Generally the bar will be stocked with more than one kind of soju, all you have to do is ask to try out the local variations.
Finally top the glass with a shot of beer. The glass should be fairly full and layered in light brown, clear and dark brown liquids going down. It’s a surprisingly fancy lookin’ drink for less than 7,000 won a round.
Now it’s time to discover just why this drink is called cojinganmek or first bad things then good things come.
Pound that bad boy down. The first sip of beer and soju is tough to take. It’s harsh on the throat and rough going down. You will definitely feel the booze in your belly.
Then magically the cola hits. Sweet, cool and refreshing. A surprisingly perfect finish to a mekju overload.
This is without doubt my favorite and cheapest cocktail for a night out in South Korea.
Thanks, Brian and Jamie, for introducing the sweet awesomeness to me.