These vibrant Cucumber Soju-Coolers are the perfect refreshing accompaniment to a spicy meal. Fresh mint, cucumber, lime, and just a touch of sweetness come together for the perfect summer drink. Word to the wise, it’s nearly impossible to have just one.
Considered Korea’s national alcohol, Soju, at its most basic, is a colorless, 20–24 percent alcohol-by-volume spirit. It’s neutral-tasting, like vodka, and is traditionally made from rice. But modern producers often use other starches, such as potatoes or tapioca.
FOR THE LIME SIMPLE SYRUP, HEAT:
FOR THE CUCUMBER-MINT JUICE, PURÉE:
FOR THE COOLER, COMBINE:
Test Kitchen Tip
Watch this video to see how to make these cocktails.
For the lime simple syrup, heat water, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan over medium until sugar dissolves. Set pan in a bowl of ice water to cool syrup. Once cool, stir in lime juice.
For the cucumber-mint juice, purée cucumbers and mint in a blender or food processor. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing to extract as much juice as possible; discard solids.
For the cooler, combine Soju, lime simple syrup, and cucumber-mint juice in a pitcher. Serve cooler in ice-filled glasses and top with a splash of club soda.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 16mg 0%
Carbs 12g 4%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.