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Korean Cocktail Celebrates the Lunar New Year (Dog)

February 19, 2018

Target Healthy Eating

Year of the Dog, Cocktail made with Vodka, only available in Korea (ROK); ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Year of the Dog
Graphic credit: Fanghong - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

We bring you a Korean vodka cocktail to celebrate the New Year with! We raise our glasses to The Republic of Korea, the host country for this year's winter Olympics. We also give a toast to Mr. and Mrs. Yong Joong Kim, who brought the vodka back from Korea. We give Cheers, to all of our wonderful Asian employees who contribute daily to the feeling of community at THI. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Ingredients: For two delicious Korean vodka cocktails

3 jiggers of Korean vodka

1 cup of ruby red Tropicana grapefruit juice

3 jiggers of Frangelico

3 jiggers Ginger liqueur

1 teaspoon Campari in each glass, after all else is poured in

2 Martini picks (1 per glass)

6 Cocktail cherries, 3 on each pick (per glass)

1 Cara Cara orange, 1 circle cut in half, half per glass

2 spears watermelon (1 per glass)

2 spears cantaloupe (optional) - 1 per glass

This rare vodka, brought back from Korea, enabled us to create an exclusive (with copyright) Korean Cocktail recipe that we share with you. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Above are the 4 basic alcoholic ingredients needed for this vodka cocktail: Absolut Korean (spiced) vodka, Canton Ginger Liqueur, Frangelico Liqueur, and after the above mixture is shaken with ice & with gusto, 1 teaspoon of Campari is gently dropped on the surface of the drink. I learned this secret from a friendly Italian master bartender, now Maitre D' ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
You never want to use those bright red totally chemical cocktail cherries. Instead, shop around for slightly more expensive real cherries in their own syrup or sometimes infused in brandy, cognac or (above) bourbon. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
After trying out several brands of juice (orange and grapefruit) plus some fizzy citrus, we settled on the above ruby red with pulp. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Cut your fruit, before you do anything else. Cara cara oranges were used because they have peak flavor right now and because their color is really beautiful, as you can see above. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


1. Decide what fruit you want to use, then do all the cutting and slicing needed. This is a fun chance to be creative, in the shapes and lengths you make of the fruit.

2. Put all the fruit in each cocktail glass, so you're free to arrange it any way you want. If you do this after the drink is poured, it's much harder.

3. In a cocktail shaker, add all the ingredients except for the Campari

4. Shake vigorously.

5. Take cover off shaker and add as many ice cubes as will fit. Shake again with gusto

6. Pour the mixture, through the strainer, into each glass, about 1 inch from the top of the glass rim.

7. Pour a small amount of Campari into a small glass or measuring cup.

8. Place the drink in front of the lucky person about to take a sip. Now dip a teaspoon into the Campari, fill it, and carefully drop the Campari onto the surface of the drink. DO NOT STIR. WAIT until the Campari drops through the rest of the drink and falls to the bottom. The result will be remarkable layers of color, this small amount of Campari adds to the already delicious Korean vodka drink

9. Okay, now sip, smile and be happy in the moment, as life's struts and frets, fade away.

Enjoy!! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

In this photo you can see the layers of color in this delicious Korean cocktail. The Campari is the heaviest liquid, hence, when you carefully drip the one teaspoon, or a tiny bit more of Campari over the top of the mixed cocktail, it finds its way to the very bottom of the glass.

Serve cheesy appetizers with this cocktail. Also, crackers and green and red seedless grapes. And try cutting sweet potatoes and butternut squash into cubes, put on rimmed baking sheet, pour some extra virgin olive oil over the veggies and bake at 375 degrees, until crisp. Serve with toothpicks.

We wish all of our readers a Happy Lunar New Year.  If you are not familiar with the beautiful crossover voice from Kazakhstan, Dimash Kudaibergenov, here he is singing one of his most popular songs: SOS of an Earthly Being in Distress

Dimash Kudaibergenov: Opera 2

Dimash Kudaibergenov: Adagio

Have a great week everyone!

From Our Table to Yours

Bon Appetit!

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