Though one might expect the world’s top-selling liquor brand to be a mass-produced Russian vodka or American whiskey, South Korea’s Jinro soju actually nabs the booze blue ribbon. Distilled from sweet potatoes or fermented rice, modern soju – available at Total Wine and other spirit retailers – generally clocks in at 20-25 percent ABV, making it a sturdy but subtle base for mixed drinks.
A nod to the original Korean hip-hop band, ROK’s Drunken Tiger introduces soju to Scottsdale in the same way its namesake popularized rap overseas. Start by pouring a thin layer of guava syrup on the bottom of an ice-filled rock glass. In a shaker tin, combine 11⁄2 oz. soju and 1 oz. Makgeolli unfiltered rice wine with 1⁄2 oz. each orange, grapefruit and pineapple juices. Shake hard and strain into the chilled glass for a potent drink that’s full of Seoul.
ROK Social House
7419 E. Indian Place, Ste B, Scottsdale
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