Korean Iced Tea (Soju Cocktail)

A Delicious Soju cocktail

         This cocktail is modeled after the hotel bar green tea martinis which my husband and I drank in celebration of our engagement.  However, instead of vodka or gin, I’m using Soju as a nod to my time spent in South Korea and because there just aren’t many cocktails centered around Korean alcohol.  If you can’t find it, no worries-just substitute vodka and make a martini.  This cocktail goes well with Korean fried chicken, any kind of barbeque and KTV (karaoke).  Just be careful of where you end up later after one too many cocktails.
Korean Iced Tea cocktails with lemon slices
a bottle of green tea syrup, Korean soju bottle and lemon with cocktails

What is soju?

Soju is the preferred alcoholic drink of choice for Koreans.  It can best be described as part rice wine as it is traditionally made from rice and part vodka with its high percentage of alcohol and neutral taste.  This alcohol can be found anywhere and everywhere in South Korea and no meal or outdoor excursion is complete without it.

I’ve seen Koreans throwback straight soju while feasting on some delicious Korean BBQs.  People imbibe on the spirit whilst out on weekend mountain climbing trips, river rafting and in pretty much any other activity that expresses their love of the outdoors.  This includes passing out on the sidewalks.  Hey, it’s still outside and yes, that does happen a lot…

Any ex-pat who has lived in South Korea for an extended period of time has a story about drinking too much soju.   They either wake up on the floor hugging a refrigerator crisper drawer (for puking in) or regale you with stories about hallucinating that the CIA was coming to get them.   What can I say?  It has that effect on people.
a bottle of green tea syrup, Korean soju bottle and lemon with cocktails
You are welcome to use any kind and flavor of Korean Soju that you like. It all tastes good over ice with green tea syrup and fresh lemon.
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Korean Iced Tea with lemon slices

Korean Iced Tea

  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes


A delicious and refreshing soju cocktail made with green tea syrup and a squeeze of lemon. It just might become your new favorite boozy iced tea! #cocktails #recipes #drinks #tea #soju #lemon


Korean Iced Tea
  • 1 part green tea syrup **(recipe down below)
  • 2 parts soju
  • ice
  • lemon slices
Green tea syrup
    • 4 tea bags of jasmine green tea
    • 0.5L (a little over 2 cups) water
    • 100g (about 1/2 cup) sugar


Korean Iced Tea
  1. Combine 1 part green tea syrup with 2 parts of soju.  Stir thoroughly and add ice. Garnish with lemon slices.  건배! (geonbae!)
Green Tea Syrup
  1. Combine the ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan and let simmer for 10 min.
  2. Run through a sieve and let cool.
  3. Cover and refrigerate after making.


  1. The green tea syrup can be used for cocktails (alcoholic and nonalcoholic), drizzled over fruit or shaved ice and other desserts.
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: boiling
  • Cuisine: Korean

Keywords: Soju, green tea, lemon, cocktails, drinks, alcohol

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a bottle of green tea syrup, Korean Soju bottle and lemon with cocktails


Author: Natasha

I'm just a busy expat mom who has a psychological need to feed people. I enjoy learning about new cultures, (especially the food) and enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and spices

7 thoughts

  1. Super yummy, thanks! Only got ahold of some soju because someone had ordered a bottle from the liquor store and flaked out. It’s really good.

    1. Thanks! So glad you liked it. Soju was something we always had on hand in South Korea but if you can’t easily get it, just substitute vodka and make a green tea martini.

  2. Is it possible to make the green tea syrup with bottled green tea? I don’t have tea bags at the moment so I was looking for an alternative.

  3. This article is hilarious and such a great recipe! Going to test it out tonight & I have high hopes!

    1. Thanks! Let me know how it turns out. Also, let me know if you pass out anywhere interesting (like a sidewalk). 🙂

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