Category: Drinks & Cocktails

Fat Girl’s – Cocktail Pop Up!

Today I am having a drinks pop up event! I have been sharing my recipes with you for quite some time and now it’s time for me to give you the goods. The pop up is at Casablanca in Haebangchon. It has the best sandwiches in Seoul so if that’s not a reason to come then I don’t know what is. They also sell my hummus.


First I will be serving up my cucumber infused gin fresh and tasty it’s served with tonic in cute little cocktail bags for a mere 5,000 each.

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Also on the menu is mulled wine, it’s going to be cold out there, so this is just the boozy treat to warm you up on this cold hallows eve 5,000.

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Lastly I will be serving that British favourite Pimms! Full of fruity flavour and served in a cocktail to go bag for just 8,000. The only place in Seoul serving Pimms tonight!


So stop by before your Halloween parties tonight, starting at 5pm, I’ll be serving drinks until we are sold out.

Casablanca is located in Hae Bang Chon at 44-8  Yongsandong 2 -ga, Seoul, Korea. Take a train to Noksapyeong station (line 6). Walk straight out of exit 2 for about 200 meters and take the first left and walk straight along the road with all the kimchi pots. Casablanca is on the left a few doors up from Phillies. You can also call them on 02-797-8367 or check out their facebook page.


Cucumber Infused Gin


OK, so it’s happened, since the opening of Flower Gin, I have become a bit of a Gin slag. I’ve had more gin in the past 2 weeks than I have had in a lifetime. When having a browse of some gin based cocktails I came across Heston Blumenthal’s cucumber infused gin. I wanted it immediately, so I rushed right out to buy all the ingredients. Heston used his own lovely Waitrose earl grey gin to make it, but sadly we can’t buy it here. I would have used a bottle of Bombay Sapphire or some lovely Hendrick’s but it’s still 5 days until pay day so I used a bottom of the barrel bottle of cheap Combo gin. After a little more research though, I found this could be a plus as the cucumber will have more of a presence due to the lack of flavour the gin has. After consuming copious amounts, I can say without  a shadow of a doubt that cheap gin is the way forward, it was bloody gorgeous and as soon as I finish this bottle I shall be making another. Happy Ginning!


1 bottle of gin

3 cucumbers


Peel your cucumbers then roughly chop them. Put them into a jug with the gin and blend them until pulverized. Cover and refrigerate for about 24 hours. When the gin has infused strain off the cucumber though a sieve.

To make the gin and tonic, fill a tall glass with ice. you may notice from my picture that my ice cubes are nice and fancy. I chopped up some pieces of lemon and cucumber and form them into the ice cubes to make them extra pretty. Top with 50ml of gin and 150ml-200ml of tonic. Serve with a wedge of lemon and enjoy. Voilà cucumber infused gin!


Flower Gin – Hendrick’s Bar


Flower Gin is an awesome new bar in my area that unsurprisingly, sells flowers and gin. Now we all know that fat girl is a lover of vodka, but I don’t mind having a gin or two once in a while. I was a thrilled about this lovely new bar because my best friend Matt (gin connoisseur and out and out  lush) is absolutely mad for Hendricks gin. It’s always been his fave so we were very excited to go and have a couple of cocktails.

Although the bar is small, there were already a few people inside. You can get your cocktails to stay or to go. The gin and tonic (6,600) comes with a slice of cucumber, just like it should .There is also a small flower in every glass, what could be more perfect?


I had the gin and ginger (6,900) , which is a little bit milder than the tonic. It was served with lemon, cucumber ,and a flower and was absolutely divine.


They even have the famed Hendricks teacups and teapots, although they are just used for display. You can even pick up a bunch of flowers while you are here. There are also two adorable patio chairs outside as a little smoking area.


Flower Gin is located in Kyungnidan at 684 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan -Gu, Seoul. To get there come out of Noksapyeong station (line 6) exit 2 and walk straight down past the entrance leading to Hae bang chon and go over the pedestrian bridge  above the road. You will see Flower Gin as you exit the left hand set of stairs on the other side.




Being a Somerset girl I am particularly fond of Cider. But when I first arrived in Korea, I was rather dismayed to find that there was rather a lack of cider on the fair peninsula. I scoured the bars and finally found that they served it at The Wolfhound in Itaewon. It was on this night almost 5 years ago that I met my fiancé. If it wasn’t for cider, we probably never would have met. So it shall always have a special place in my heart for this reason alone.

Luckily for all you lovely cider lovers out there, things have moved on quite a lot in the past five years. This month I even wrote a piece about cider for Chips maps!!!  If you haven’t heard of Chip’s maps  you should run right out now and grab yourself a copy from your neighbourhood bar in Itaewon. It’s a fun, fantastic, and free magazine which has all the latest happenings in the Itaewon area. In the article  I gave my top 5, but I like to go the extra mile for you my dear fans so here are the top 10!

1. My top place has to go to Bulmers Pear. I was always a fan of this one at home, so I was thrilled to finally find it here. For me it is the best pear cider available in Korea an always quenches my thirst. Available at Bonny’s in cans for 7,000 won.


2. Magners – Magners is finally available in draft form in various bars around Seoul. They even have their own bar at the IFC Mall in Yuiedo.  It’s by far and away the nicest cider available on draft. The cheapest price in Itaewon is at the Bull and Barrel where it costs a mere 8,000 a pint.


3. Hunters Gold – You may have discovered by now that I have a bit of a sweet tooth. I prefer my cider slightly sweeter too. So I love this South African offering. It also comes in a dry variety for those who don’t  like it quite so sweet. Available at Phillies, Bonny’s, Scrooges and Braai Republic for around 6,000 a bottle.


4. Savannah Dry – I tried this for the first time, on my cider crawl and was pleasantly surprised. One of my favourite bar tenders recommended drinking it with a slice of lemon and it was such a delight. Available at Braai Republic and that amazing little bottleshop in the alley behind the Hamilton Hotel.


5. Monteith’s – In particular I am a fan of the berry one, but they also have crushed pear and apple. A nice little trio of ciders hailing from New Zealand. I was stoked to see these in my local convenience mart in HBC and at Bonny’s for around 5,000.


6. Sommersby – I wasn’t overly keen on this when I first tried it. It had a very artificial sweet apply taste. I decided to pour it over the ice that had accompanied it and found that it tasted a lot better. I wont get into the cider with ice debate, but if it makes it taste better then why the hell not. At Reilly’s and The Wolfhound for 6,500.


7. Strongbow – At home I have been known to enjoy a bow or two. No it’s nothing compared to some of the local ciders we get back in the west country but its consistently good. You can even pick these up in Homeplus for about 3,000 now so it’s always worth keeping a few in the fridge.

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8. Bulmers Original is pretty much available in bottles all over Itaewon. Costing around 9,000 a bottle, it’s still worth every penny to quench that summer thirst.

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9. Magners pear. You may have guessed by now, that I am somewhat fond of pear cider and I sure do like the Magners one. This one is at The Wolfhound for 7,000.


10. Rock Creek – I had to have this on the list, even though it isn’t all that special now that other ciders are available. It was the original and is served at various bars all over the country. It filled that cider hole in my heart for a long time and for that I am very grateful.


For all you cider lovers out there, you may also be interested to know that down at the Wolfhound they have cider Sunday, where they knock off a 1,000 won off of everyone one of their six ciders. If that’s not a reason for a few pints then I don’t know what is.

Hillside Pub and Bistro

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I discovered this little gem a couple of months ago now, but have only just got around to sharing it with you. Located at the bottom of Itaewon, Hillside Pub & Bistro has a lovely little patio rooftop which is the perfect place to drink a few too many cocktails on a sunny afternoon.

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Drinking can really take it out of you, so to keep up our stamina we decided to try some of the food too. Our first choice was the Bacon Cheese Burger (12,000), Accompanied by potato wedges and coleslaw, this certainly hit the spot.


We also ordered a Chicken Cesar Salad (13,000) in an attempt to be somewhat healthy. A bed of salad leaves with a  large juicy chicken breast, there was plenty to go around. It wasn’t an authentic Cesar salad by any means, but it was nice and well made.


Since I ordered a salad I rewarded myself with an order of onion rings (7,000). These tasted as good as they looked. Nice and crispy with a lovely tartar sauce dip on the side.


The food was all nice enough, and will hit the spot if your hungry and in the mood for pub grub. However the star attraction for me is the drinks. They have a very long list of cocktails which is more than enough to keep me happy. They have my new summer  favourite, the Lynchberg Lemonade, as well as  all the old favourites  like my beloved June Bug. There are  plenty of beers at decent prices to keep the boys happy too.


Hillside Pub & Bistro is located on the hill just overlooking the bottom of Itaewon (Macdonalds end), at 57-28 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there, take a train to  Itaewon Station (line 6) and come out of  exit 1. Walk straight for about four minutes. When you reach KEB bank on your right, you can see a road just past veering up the hill parallel to the main road’s sidewalk. Hillside Pub & Bistro is just at the top of the hill on the right. You can call them  on 070-4136-2208.

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Soju Pop Cocktail


Summer is here, and things are hotting up. We all need to cool off and also make sure we are still getting our daily soju allowance. Enter the Soju Pop Cocktail. Recommended to me by one of my good friends this was too good for me not to share, even if I can’t really take much credit for it. It’s the perfect drink to refresh you on a hot Summer’s day when you’re sat outside your local convenience store. Choose your favourite ice-lolly ( I used a strawberry and apple 스그류), grab a bottle of cider and a bottle of Soju, and you’re ready to make delightful summer drink. If you are a classy kinda drunk like me, feel free to replace the soju with your favourite flavoured vodka.


300ml of lemonade/cider/sprite (UK/ROK/USA)

100ml of Soju (or vodka)

1 ice lolly (Popsicle)


Take one large glass, a 1 pint beer glass pilfered from your local bar works perfectly. Add the soju and top up with lemonade. Unwrap your chosen ice lolly and put it into your drink, and keep stirring until the ice lolly has melted off the stick. Drink and enjoy. Repeat if necessary. Voilà the Soju Pop Cocktail. Sweet Summer salvation.

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Pearberry Vojito

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Today is Gay Pride in Seoul, a chance to celebrate equality and freedom for all.  So in honour of all my wonderful gay friends I designed this fabulous drink. It’s perfect for  Summer-time drinking. Fresh and fruity just like me and exactly what you need on a hot Summer’s day. It goes down a treat. Not that I ever need much of an excuse to get a bit more cock(tail) in my mouth. But if you can’t do it on gay pride, when can you?


50ml Pear Absolut

2 tablespoons of mixed berries

1 tablespoon of simple syrup

crushed ice

100-200mls of soda water

A few mint leaves (optional)

A wedge of Lemon (optional)


In a tall glass muddle together the vodka, berries, and simple syrup. Fill the glass with crushed ice and then top up with soda water. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and a sprig of mint. Voilà the pearberry vojito!

Strawberry Lemonade


This weekend I shall be celebrating my 19th  29th birthday. My first thought was to have a good old cry about the fact that I shall no longer be young and hot and that all my party days are behind me. However, I decided that instead I should celebrate the last year of my twenties by getting really drunk and having as much fun as possible. Enter the strawberry lemonade. It’s so good I have decided it shall be my signature party cocktail. It tastes just heavenly without being too sweet and it’s just perfect now the sunshine is well and truly out. I made mine with fresh strawberries since they are in season but you can always make it with frozen ones in the winter months to come.


250ml of Absolute citron

500g of Strawberries

6 tablespoons of Country Time lemonade powder (foreign food market/homeplus)

1 litre of Sprite


Sliced lemon and strawberries


Put the strawberries, vodka, and lemonade powder in a blender and blend until smooth. Top up with the sprite and stir. Serve over ice with a wedge or two of lemon. Drink until all birthday blues have been banished, but stop before you have difficulty standing up or have vomited all over your new dress. Happy birthday to me!

June Bug


Anyone that knows me well, or has at least met me in a drunken haze in the pub, knows how much I love a June Bug. So what better post to bring you in honour of St Patrick’s Day than this green goddess of a drink. Sweet and tasty just like me, no one can resist its lime green charm.


50ml of midori

50ml of malibu

25ml of babana liquor

150ml of pinaplle juice

A squeeze of lemon juice (and a wedge for decoration)


This makes 2 drinks or one Fat Girl sized one. Put the Midori, Malibu, Banana liquor, pineapple juice, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and shake. Pour into a tall glass filled with ice and top with a wedge of lemon. Voilà the perfect St Patrick’s Day themed beverage. Beats green beer any day of the week . Happy hangovers everyone!

Homemade Frappuccino


I love frappuccinos!. I think you all know about my penchant for vodoffee by now. Which is Vodka added to a frappuccino. But I also enjoy the regular kind. I could drink two of these babies a day, possibly even more. However, allowing myself to get so fat that I would be unable to leave the house would be somewhat restrictive on my life. So I limit myself to one a week. Sometimes two if I have been a very good girl.

These amazingly delicious drinks, along with being calorie filled are also rather expensive. If I was in the habit of having one daily then it would be a very costly affair. I tried making my own at home but despite my wealth of ingredients they just didn’t come out quite right. Luckily for you I have now found the secret ingredient! You add a pinch of xanthan gum which stops the milk and ice separating . This recipe is for my favourite flavour mocha, but play around with flavoured syrups to make different versions. If you use syrup then you can remove the sugar.


A double  shot of espresso (you can also use 2 teaspoons of instant dissolved in a little hot water)

200ml of milk

8-10 ice cubes

1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

2-3 tablespoons of sugar (you could also do sweetener)

A pinch of xanthan gum (buy it on iHERB about $5)

Whipped cream (optional)


Make the espresso and pour it into your blender. Top with the  ice, milk, cocoa powder, sugar  and xanthan gum. Blend for about 30 seconds or until all the ice has been crushed. Pour the mixture back into your recycled  plastic cup and top with cream if desired. Then go about your day with your super cool and homemade frappuccino.