Meet Tales Attaché: Taeeun Yoon From Seoul, South Korea
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And now, a guest post from Tales Attaché Taeeun Yoon of Seoul, South Korea...
"Seoul drinkers love to enjoy a cocktail with a local theme. Seoul bartenders are trying to create craft cocktails while sourcing local ingredients. These days, in Seoul, a lot of people love to drink cocktails made with local ingredients and a backstory. Here's a few local ingredients we like to use: Hanrabong (mandarin orange from Jeju Island), Makguelri (Korean rice wine), premium soju, daechu (Korean jujubes), and ginseng."
"At the Charles H. bar in the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul, they created the "Jeju Cooler" with Hanrabong and Hwayo (rice-based premium soju) during the last summer season. Lorenzo Antinori, the head bartender of Charles H. bar, recently created the "Magkolli Colada." It’s a twist on the traditional Piña Colada made with Korean rice wine [pictured above]."
"At Alice, a speakeasy bar in fashionable Gangnam, we created a cocktail inspired by the local chicken soup we call 'Samgyetang.' Generally, Samgyetang is made with local botanicals like ginseng, daechu, gingko nut, and pepper, and served in a stone pot. One of lead bartenders at Alice, Demie Kim, created this cocktail with a smoky-style, single malt Scotch whisky, daechu-infused red vermouth, and dried ginseng."