Growing up partying and celebrating with my family, Bacardi rum was something we always had. I didn't start drinking rum until I was in my early twenties, but I quickly became a fan. While salsa music was drilling through the speakers, we'd take shots of burning rum. And during Christmases, we'd have coquito -- a Puerto Rican eggnog made with 151 Bacardi (flammable rum). This rums has about 75% alcohol by volume. If you want to compare, soju usually has about 20% alcohol by volume. Yeah, our eggnogs are that strong.
When I was visiting NYC not so long ago, I discovered soju -- a coveted Korean alcohol that'll put you on your ass faster than you can count to omg-I-forgot-my-numbers. While I was walking through Koreatown, I decided to pick up a bottle of soju. I had heard so much about it. I had heard about how it cost just a bit over a dollar in Korea, but of course in New York City, it was about 10 bucks for a small green bottle of the stuff.
When I took my first sip, I was pleasantly surprised as to how light and smooth it was.
When I took a shot of the soju, it reminded me of vodka -- but easier to drink. It went down easy. So, I kept taking back-to-back shots of the stuff. Before I realized, I was waddling drunk in Times Square.
It was like a whispering tipsy tease -- but then it punched the drunk in me after just a couple of hours.
Soju is like this dainty smooth liquor, that comes in a sweet little green bottle -- but that sweet b*tch can get you passed out drunk at the train station. Not saying that was me, but that totally could have been.
As a Puerto Rican who grew up on a plethora of Latin liquors like Bacardi, Patron, and the coveted Nicaraguan rum called Flor De Caña, I thought I could handle anything. I was wrong. Soju, as a proud Latina who can handle most liquors, you have made me rethink my alcohol tolerance. You're a tough cookie.