Makgeolli Cocktail File – Cherry Mak & Tonic

And that’s exactly what it is!  When browsing through the fresh food section of the supermarket, we noticed the first fresh cherries on the shelves.  So we thought, why not chop them up and put them in a makgeolli cocktail?  The result was a surprisingly delicious treat!  The bitter sweetness of the fresh cherries mixed so well with the sour makgeolli, and the tonic just gave it that edge.   After giving it a good pulse in the blender with some ice, a nice foamy head topped off a pretty awesome cocktail.

Cherry Mak & Tonic

Ingredients:

1 cup of Baedari (배다리) Makgeolli

1 handful of fresh cherries chopped

A splash of tonic water

A few ice cubes

Method:

Pour the makgeolli into the blender with the chopped cherries.  Give it a pulse first and taste for sweetness, adding more cherries if needed.  Add the splash of tonic with the ice cubes and give it another pulse.  Pour into a chilled glass and enjoy!

Note:  The kind of makgeolli will change the flavor of your cocktail.  For this recipe we used a thicker, more sour makgeolli to pair with the bitter sweet cherries.

Have you tried the Cherry Mak & Tonic?  Had different results?  Comment below and tell us what you think!

 

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Makgeolli Cocktail File – The Makmosa

Got something to celebrate? Why not try our take on the Mimosa! We happened to have some champagne and orange juice in the fridge, so naturally we thought of throwing in a bit of makgeolli for good measure. We mixed equal parts for our cocktail, but it was a little heavy on the OJ flavor. We suggest holding back a little on the orange juice for a more balanced flavor

IngredientsMakgeolli Cocktail - The Makmosa

Makgeolli
Champagne
Orange Juice

Method
Mix equal parts of all ingredients into a chilled glass….enjoy 🙂

Remember: The key to all makgeolli cocktails is the type of makgeolli, and the flavor will change according to which makgeolli you choose. We used light, fresh and sour makgeolli. This kind of cocktail will work best with the light & fresh kinds of makgeolli.

Have you tried this recipe? Had different results? Tell us what you think!

Makgeolli Cocktail File – The Makquiri

We turned our experiments towards the blended ices range of cocktails, and the first thing that came to mind was the daiquiri! For this cocktail we tried using frozen makgeolli and fresh makgeolli with ice, and without a doubt frozen had the best result.

Makquiri
Ingredients:
1 Cup of Frozen Makgeolli
1 Handful of sliced fresh strawberries
4 Tablespoons of ‘I’m Real’ strawberry puree/juice
1 Tablespoon of simple sugar syrup
1 Shot of white rum
3 Squirts of lime juice
4 Ice cubes

Method:
Place the strawberries in the blender, and add the rum, sugar syrup and lime juice. Fill the blender with ‘I’m Real’ Strawberry juice until it just covers the strawberries. Add 1 cup of frozen makgeolli, and top it off with a few splashes of fresh makgeolli. If you have a small blender, blend first and then add 4 ice cubes and blend again. If your blender can handle it, add the ice cubes and blend it all in one go. Pour into chilled martini glasses and garnish with fresh strawberries, and enjoy!

*Note: If you’re trying this without using frozen makgeolli, add more
‘I’m Real’ for stronger flavor. When we tried this using just ice and makgeolli, it was a little more watered down than the original.

Remember: The key to all makgeolli cocktails is the type of makgeolli, and the flavor will change according to which makgeolli you choose. We used a fresh bean makgeolli, which is a light, slightly sour and carbonated makgeolli. This kind of cocktail will work best with the light & fresh kinds of makgeolli.

Have you tried this recipe? Had different results? Tell us what you think!

Makgeolli Cocktail File – Apple Cider Mak

This week’s makgeolli cocktail is based on the idea of a long, hard day and that feeling of something cold and bubbly at the end of it. Makgeolli is regularly mixed with what is called ‘cider’ in Korea, which is really more like sprite and is non-alcoholic. This cocktail uses alcoholic apple cider as the mixer which ups the carbonation and gives it a fruity twist. The result was a light, fresh and slightly sweet beverage that was dangerously easy to knock back.

Apple Cider Mak
Ingredients:
Baedari Makgeolli (배다리 막걸리)
Crushed Apple Cider

Mix equal parts makgeolli and apple cider in a chilled glass, enjoy!

Remember: The key to all makgeolli cocktails is the type of makgeolli, and the flavor will change according to which makgeolli you choose. We used Baedari makgeolli, which is a light, slightly sour and carbonated makgeolli. This kind of cocktail will work best with the light & fresh kinds of makgeolli.

Have you tried this recipe? Had different results? Tell us what you think!

Makgeolli Cocktail File – The Berry Brunch

The next installment in our Makgeolli Cocktail experiments is something that was inspired by….dare we say it….breakfast! There are a number of fruit makgeolli cocktails available in bars these days, but we haven’t come across any using fresh fruit as yet. This cocktail came out thick and smoothie like, and the added shot of hard liquor could be further experimented with. Again the trick is to have frozen fruit on hand to get that iced chill and frothy finish.
Makgeolli Cocktail Berry Brunch

Ingredients:
1 large frozen strawberry
1 small handful frozen blueberries
1 cup of Geumjeong sanseong (금정산성) or other light, sweetish makgeolli
1/2 shot of gin

Place berries, makgeolli and gin in a blender and mix until there are no chunks of fruit left. Enjoy!

Remember: The key to all makgeolli cocktails is the type of makgeolli, and the flavor will change according to which makgeolli you choose. This worked with a very well known makgeolli that has a light, slightly citrus taste. A lighter, more balanced makgeolli goes well with the sweetness of the fruit.

Have you tried this recipe? Had different results? Tell us what you think!

Makgeolli Cocktail File – Shandy Mak

Our second installment of the Makgeolli Cocktail Files saw us playing around with some classic beer cocktail recipes. Makgeolli is arguably more closely related to beer than wine, so we decided to see how it stands up to the ‘Shandygaff’.

Makgeolli Cocktail Shandy Mak
Ingredients
1/2 Cup of Berry Makgeolli (오미자 막걸리)
1/2 Cup of Ginger Ale
A dash of Grenadine

In a chilled glass, pour in the makgeolli then the ginger ale. Using the back of a spoon, pour the grenadine gently into the glass. It will separate nicely for a visual effect, but stir it up before drinking!

Remember: The key to all makgeolli cocktails is the type of makgeolli, and the flavor will change according to which makgeolli you choose. We enjoyed this sweeter kind (found at places like Hyundai Department Store) as it balanced well with the ginger ale and was a fresh, drinkable cocktail.

Have you tried this recipe? Had different results? Tell us what you think!

Makgeolli Cocktail File – The Banana Makeoccinno

Introducing….the Makgeolli Cocktail Files!!

We love experimenting with all the different ways to enjoy makgeolli, so each week we are going to come up with a mak cocktail experiment and share our…ehem…research 🙂

The idea for this cocktail came out of nowhere last year, and we were really surprised at how great it turned out. So well in fact, that we have made it many times since! The trick is to freeze the banana, and have really strong coffee on hand.

Banana Makeoccino

Ingredients
1 Frozen banana
1 Cup of Deodeok Makgeolli (or any other store mak available)
3 Tbs of strong coffee

Method
Cut up the frozen banana and put in the blender with a cup of the chosen makgeolli. Chill the coffee (the stronger brewed the better), and add to the mixture. Blend it all together until you get the frothy top. Serve in a tall glass with a sprig of mint….and enjoy 😉

Did you try this recipe? What did you think? Share your thoughts and results with us!