Recipe: Homemade Watermelon Soju (Subak-Soju)

With the implementation of new measures in Singapore, bars/pubs/entertainment venues are now closed. JJOYIS also advocates staying at home as much as possible but.. how to lim jiu every TGIF?


Make it yourself! 


Introducing to you homemade watermelon soju, a healthier yet tasty alcoholic beverage. (PSSS very easy too!)




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Homemade Watermelon Soju (Subak-soju)

What: Blended watermelon + Soju 
Suitable for: Anyone of legal age! 
Prep time: 20 minutes


Soju is a popular drink in Korea. To me, unflavoured Soju tastes just like vodka. Thus, feel free to swap Soju in this recipe with Vodka if you can't find Soju anywhere



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Ingredients needed:

1. A whole watermelon 
2. Korean soju (unflavoured)
*Both ingredients are readily available in most leading supermarkets/online*


Equipment needed:

1. Strainer
2. Blender



Directions

Step 1:  Cut the watermelon into half


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I have a huge watermelon so I chose to cut it into half. If you have a smaller one, you can simply cut the top of the watermelon off so you will get a bigger watermelon bowl.



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If your watermelon can't stand on its own, slice a small piece of melon skin off the bottom. Be careful not to cut too deep! You don't want to have a leaking watermelon bowl.




Step 2: Scoop out all the watermelon flesh and put it into the blender


Before this step, I made balls of watermelon flesh with a round spoon. 

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I like the burst of sweetness from the watermelon whenever I am drinking Watermelon Soju. Will add it in during the final step. 


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The rest/uglier watermelon balls go into the blender



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Chill the watermelon bowl and the watermelon balls while you move on to the next step. 




Step 3: Blend the watermelon


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I turned on the blender for about 30s. Stop the blender when you have a smooth texture. The timing can vary but it shouldn't take too long. 




Step 4: Strain the watermelon blend

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Set your strainer over a large bowl/pot.
Pour the mixture into a fine-mesh strainer to strain out all the 'foam'/residue.



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Use a spoon to speed up the process.
You can choose to discard the pulp or you can actually keep the pulp. It is edible and tastes really good after chilling!



Remove the foam in your bowl/pot that's floating on the watermelon juice to give it a nicer colour.




Step 5: Pour the Soju in

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Pour the soju in and mix generally. The ratio of soju to blended watermelon should be always 1:1.

I used the unflavoured soju because come on, the flavoured ones are AMAZING drinking it without any other mixtures. Any brand of original Soju is fine. 

If you can't find any Soju around, you can always substitute it with Vodka (unflavoured).




Step 5: Serve Watermelon Soju in a watermelon bowl

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Now it's time to pour the watermelon soju back into your watermelon bowl. There's really no reason for it to be served like that except it looks really nice. 



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Add some ice cubes and stir in the watermelon balls you have dug just now. 




Step 5: Enjoy!

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Now it's time to drink it!

Cold, sweet and refreshing with a tint of alcohol/soju taste to it. A great drink to enjoy especially during Summer!
Go easy though, it tastes so 'harmless' but you can get drunk on this easily.


The ratio of 1 part watermelon juice to 1 part soju is just an estimation. You can vary according to how you like it to taste.

Easy? 
Let me know how it went for you!


Cheers~






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