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Have you tried Jinro Soju, the BEST-SELLING Spirit in the world? (Hint: Probably not!)

In the realm of spirits, few have managed to captivate and charm the global palate quite like Jinro Soju. This isn't just another alcoholic beverage; it's a cultural phenomenon, a trendsetter in the spirits world, and, most importantly, a testament to the rich heritage and evolving innovation of Korean distilling. 

Soju – The Essence of Korean Spirit

Soju, a clear, colorless distilled beverage, is much more than just a drink in Korea; it's a deep-seated cultural phenomenon. Originating in the 13th century, Soju was first distilled from rice, with traditional brewing methods brought over by the Mongols. The name "Soju" itself means "burned liquor," referring to the distillation process.

The Evolution of Soju Making

Traditional Soju is made through distilling alcohol from fermented grains. The process begins with the selection of high-quality grains such as rice, wheat, or barley. These grains are then cleaned, soaked, and cooked. A crucial ingredient, nuruk (a traditional Korean fermentation starter), is added to initiate the fermentation process, where the starches of the grains turn into sugars and then into alcohol.

Over time, Soju manufacturing has adapted, especially during the 1960s when rice shortages led to the usage of alternative starches like sweet potatoes and tapioca. This adaptation not only helped in preservation of rice but also introduced an array of flavors and textures to Soju, marking a new era in its production.

A Legacy Etched in Every Bottle

Jinro, established in 1924, has been leading the Korean soju scene while continuously revolutionizing the country's drinking culture. But what's truly staggering is its status as the world’s top-selling spirit brand for over two decades, surpassing giants like Bacardi and Johnnie Walker. This triumph reflects nearly a century of distilling artistry, harnessing Korea’s pristine natural ingredients: premium grains and spring water.

A Symphony of Flavors



Chamisul, the flagship variety, remains the classic. It's famously known for its cleanliness and purity, thanks to a special bamboo charcoal filtration process. This original flavor is perfect for those who appreciate the timeless taste of Soju.

Food Pairing: Chamisul pairs splendidly with grilled seafood, light chicken dishes, and fresh salads. Its cleanliness in taste cuts through the greasiness of fried foods like tempura or chicken katsu, providing a refreshing palate cleanser.
16.5% ALC./VOL.

Fruity Variations



Jinro’s Green Grape Soju, with its subtly sweet and tart profile, is excellent with spicy dishes. The crisp, fruity notes help balance the heat, making it a perfect match for spicy Korean chicken wings or a fiery Thai curry. It also pairs well with sushi and sashimi, complementing the freshness of the fish.
13% ALC./VOL.


The zesty, tangy flavor of Grapefruit Soju makes it a natural pair for seafood. Try it with ceviche, grilled shrimp, or a light fish taco to enhance the citrusy notes. It's also delightful with a simple salad dressed in vinaigrette, cutting through the acidity and refreshing the palate.
13% ALC./VOL.


The lightly sweet, mellow taste of Peach Soju is an ideal match for desserts and lighter meats. Pair it with a peach cobbler or a creamy cheesecake to enhance the dessert's sweetness. For a savory twist, serve it with grilled pork chops or a delicate roast chicken.
13% ALC./VOL.


Jinro’s Plum Soju complements Korean stews like kimchi jjigae or beef bulgogi beautifully. The fruitiness also pairs well with charcuterie and cheese, making it a great choice for a sophisticated appetizer spread.
13% ALC./VOL.


The sweet and aromatic Strawberry Soju is perfect for dessert pairings or as a delightful standalone treat. Enjoy it with chocolate fondue, a fresh fruit platter, or even a classic New York-style cheesecake. Its berry notes can also provide a delightful contrast to the savoriness of dishes like crispy duck or glazed ham.
13% ALC./VOL.

Savoring the Soju Experience

In Korea, drinking Soju is almost ritualistic, intertwined with customs of sharing and companionship. It's typically consumed straight, with a smooth swallow, often accompanied by a variety of Korean dishes – from savories like kimchi pancakes to barbecued meats. Pouring for others before self, using both hands to receive and give the glass, adds a layer of respect and bonding to the Soju-drinking experience.

Crafting Jinro Soju Cocktails

Jinro Soju isn't just for traditional consumption; its versatility makes it perfect for innovative cocktails. Here are two simple yet delightful Jinro cocktail recipes to try:

The Simple Soju Lemonade


  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Add the Jinro Chamisul Soju.
  3. Top with lemonade and stir gently.
  4. Garnish with lemon slices and a sprig of mint for a refreshing, easy-to-make drink.

Jinro Grapefruit Spritz


  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Pour Jinro Grapefruit Soju over the ice.
  3. Add the Prosecco and soda water.
  4. Stir gently to combine.
  5. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit. Enjoy this refreshing cocktail!

Jinro Soju in Pop Culture

Jinro Soju's presence in pop culture, particularly within Korean media, has significantly influenced its global popularity and recognition. Korean dramas (K-dramas), movies, and K-pop often feature Soju, not just as a beverage but as a cultural icon, depicting it as an integral part of Korean social and emotional life.

K-Dramas and Movies: In many popular K-dramas, key characters are often seen sharing Soju in times of celebration, sorrow, or deep conversation, reflecting its role in Korean social fabric. For instance, in shows like "Goblin" and "Descendants of the Sun," the characters bond over Soju, highlighting its role in fostering relationships and emotional connectivity. Movies like "Oldboy" and "The Handmaiden" have iconic scenes where Soju is featured, further cementing its place in contemporary Korean cinema.

Music and K-Pop: K-pop stars are often seen endorsing Soju brands, with Jinro Soju being one of the most popular. These endorsements and product placements in music videos showcase Soju as trendy and youthful, resonating with the global audience of these music sensations. BTS, BLACKPINK, and PSY, among others, have indirectly or directly influenced the perception and popularity of Soju through their global reach.

Soju fits perfectly into the American social fabric, appealing to a trend-seeking, flavor-loving audience. Its lower ABV makes it a popular choice for those seeking lighter, more sociable drinking experiences. Jinro, in particular, has gained significant traction in the U.S. Its range of flavors caters to diverse American palates, while its cultural roots provide a unique drinking experience.


Jinro Soju isn't only about its global sales; it's about the experiences and connections it fosters. Shop online here on our website, visit Pascale's Liquors at 7401 Oswego Road, Liverpool, NY, contact us at (315) 701-0781, or pascalesexperience@gmail.com for an authentic Soju experience or assistance with any of our other wide selection of spirits and wines.

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