Watermelon Soju (Subak Soju)

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This is my favorite summer cocktail. The naturally sweet flavor of watermelon masks the alcoholic taste of soju, and the fun way it's served makes this cocktail a crowd pleaser at any party. It's also supersimple to make.

Makes8 cups



Total TimeUnder 30 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Type of DishAlcoholic Beverage


  • 1 large seedless watermelon
  • 1 (375-milliliter) bottle soju (Korean rice liquor)
  • 2 cups Sprite
  • Ice cubes


  1. Halve a watermelon. You can reserve the other half for a refill as your party progresses.

  2. Cut about a quarter-inch off of the bottom of your watermelon to make it flat.

  3. Hollow out the center of the watermelon half with a spoon and remove the seeds if there are any. Be careful not to scoop too close to the rind; keep a good 1-inch thick wall so you don't accidentally make a hole.

  4. Chill the scooped out flesh in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  5. Blend 3 cups watermelon with the soju, Sprite, and a cup of ice. Reserve some bite-size pieces.

  6. Pour the blended mixture back into the watermelon rind bowl and float a handful of ice cubes and bite-sized pieces of watermelon.


  1. A flat bottom makes the watermelon stable enough to stand on its own.

  2. This cocktail tastes so refreshing on a hot summer day that it's easy to gulp down. It's deceptively strong, so pace your drinking!


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