Koreans are social eaters and fantastic drinkers, and I’ve done my best to keep up with them this week. Case in point—the Dos-a-Rita. Behold its unsubtle greatness. This drink, a mash up of Mexican beer and margarita, comes from a hip Korean-Mexican place called Vatos Urban Tacos. It’s wonderfully frosty and quite refreshing on a hot day, though not in the least bit Korean (but a fun detour nonetheless). If you’re looking for a special Cinco de Mayo idea, here you go!
On the subject of beer, this beer-coffee cocktail from a restaurant called Song’s Kitchen lifted me out of my early evening slump. I actually clapped when it came to the table because it looked just like an ice cream float. It tasted a wee bit more grown-up, though, and better than I thought it would—very cold, a bit creamy on the palate, with a nice bitter finish. Again, nice on a warm day.
Soju is everywhere here. It’s a distilled spirit made from rice, sweet potatoes, barley, or wheat, and it hails from Korea. People often compare it to vodka, though it’s sweeter and thicker. It’s becoming more popular in the U.S., so you may find it in your area. Be careful, though: It packs a high-octane wallop, and the cheaper brands can leave you with a wicked headache. This photo shows us enjoying it at a Seoul fish market with sashimi—a perfect pairing.