Heavenly body inspired by the Hermit Kingdom.

Celestial libation: Kim Tonic, ginseng infusions and Bamboo Soju Bar

Heavenly body inspired by the Hermit Kingdom.

The Mr Kim Tonic cocktail at Bamboo Soju Bar, beside Saveurs de Coree Korean restaurant in Ju’er Hutong, just off Nanluguoxiang. Soju, tonic and more: it looks celestial here. Maybe Mr Kim Moons the World would be a better name.

Korean red vinegar drink made with Cornelius cherries...

I’m told one of the secrets of this tasty beverage is a splash of  red vinegar drink made with Cornelius ‘cherries’, which aren’t really cherries — they hail from the dogwood family — but nevertheless taste good in this recipe.

Bamboo Soju Bar in Ju'er Hutong just off Nanluguoxiang

Seating available at the bar or small tables make this a good spot for a drink pre-meal, post-meal or both. The restaurant next door has a courtyard that will be a nice spot to enjoy some bibimbap once spring has sprung. Both places are run by King-Tai Chow and Eun-Jung Yoo.

menu

The Bambooze list: What, no pots of lemon soju? Beer and other drinks are also available. I also recommend adding a cocktail called Juche that customers are forced to make themselves.

Three-year-old ginseng infused soju...

Three-year-old and five-year-old ginseng-infused soju is a mere rmb19 per shot.

Five-year-old ginseng infused soju

Chow arrived as I finished my Kim Tonic, so we tried a shot.

Looks clean but tastes dirty -- but in a good way.  Maybe earthy is a better word as that root flavor of ginseng wreally comes throuh.

It looks clean but tastes dirty — in a good way. Maybe earthy is a better word, with the rooty ginseng flavor big and enduring. Bonus: Ginseng is good for your health.

Seating available at the bar or small tables.