Korean Iced Tea (Green Tea Soju cocktail)

 a bottle of green tea syrup, Korean soju bottle and lemon with cocktails
Korean Iced Tea cocktails with lemon slices
a bottle of green tea syrup, Korean soju bottle and lemon with cocktails

In Korea, soju is king

Koreans love to drink. I’ve seen Koreans throwback straight soju (Korean rice wine) at BBQ’s, on mountain climbing trips, while river rafting and during pretty much any other activity that expresses their love of the outdoors.  This includes passing out on the sidewalks – hey, it’s still outside.

Respect the soju

Any ex-pat who has lived in South Korea for an extended period of time has a story about drinking too much soju mixed with juice or some other sugary drink and either hugging a refrigerator crisper drawer (for puking in) whilst passing out on the floor or hallucinating that the CIA was coming to get them.  The next morning you consider giving up the spirit entirely but then you wait a couple of months and try it again because, like the Korean people, soju is resilient and that should be respected.

Soju cocktails all around

         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.
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

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



8 Comments Add yours

  1. mistimaan says:

    Nice post

  2. LH says:

    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. Natasha says:

      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.

  3. Anna says:

    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.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’ve never tried that before but that is an excellent idea! Give it a try and let me know how it turns out.

  4. Peyton says:

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

    1. Natasha says:

      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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