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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
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.
Hurray Hurray its Saturday, so once again and that means its time to celebrate with another cocktail! I do love a good old jug of Pimm’s. However my favourite jug sized drink is too often resigned to only the summer months. I picked up another bottle whilst I was travelling in Hong Kong and I’ve been in the mood for it ever since. Sadly I have not managed to find anywhere in Korea that sells it, but I shall keep up the hunt. I decided I would make a slightly different version which would be more satisfying during the winter month. Its also hard for me to get hold of mint in the winter, mainly because I have no sunlight in my flat and its -10 outside. So this concoction works perfectly.
250ml of Pimms
500mls of lemonade
300ml of ginger ale
2 baby oranges
A handful of frozen raspberries
A handful of ice
Chop up the lemons and baby oranges into pieces. Put them into a jug then add the Pimms, lemonade and ginger ale. Throw in the raspberries and stir. Add ice cubes and enjoy. Voilà how to get drunk, the English way.
My poor beloved boyfriend has been very poorly this week. At least he claims he is, personally I think he’s just milking a cold. However like any diligent girlfriend I have been taking wonderful care of him by making him a hot toddy each night before he goes to bed. We always have a large stock of whiskey in our house and I’m never without lemons so they’re pretty easy to whip up when your feeling a bit under the weather. I also had the cloves and cinnamon sticks left over from when I made my mulled wine, but if you don’t have them they are not strictly necessary.
50ml of whiskey (Jameson recommended)
200ml of boiling water
1/2 a lemon
1 tablespoon of honey (you could also use brown sugar)
1 cinnamon stick (optional)
5 cloves (optional)
Slice off a piece of the lemon and stud it with the cloves, then juice the rest of it and put the juice into the glass. Next add the honey and whiskey and stir. Pour in the hot water and stir until the honey has melted into the drink. Finally add the slice of lemon and stick of cinnamon. Drink until you are feeling much better. Repeat if necessary.
There is nothing more I love more than a Champagne cocktail. Christmas is a time to celebrate and I like to do that by drinking copious amounts of alcohol! Now I like to think of myself as a very classy lady, only the finest cocktails for me and on those very special occasions I really like to up the ante and splash out on a bit of bubbly. I’ve been drinking Kir Royals for many years now since the queen of class Mrs. Suzy Potter née Marson introduced me to them many years ago.
If you like these as much as I do then you may not be able to use real champagne every time but since you have the added crème de cassis there’s nothing wrong with using sparkling wine instead. Like I always say, there’s nought wrong with a bit of Asti Spumante. I even decided to treat myself to some champagne glasses this year, Daiso’s finest at 3,000 a glass. Sadly I only bought two, so we will have to celebrate two at a time in my house.
1 Bottle of Champagne (or the best you can afford)
1-2 tablespoons of Crème de cassis (I found mine in a a bottle shop in Dongdaemun)
Open your bubbly and pour into a glass (preferably a champagne glass.) Top with the creme de cassis and enjoy. Repeat until you feel like a very classy lady or until the Champagne bottle is empty.
‘Tis the season to be jolly, tra la la la la la la la la! Usually the most effective way to make me jolly, is to ply me with booze. So with that in mind, I though it was time to get stuck into the Christmas spirit quite literally and get some Christmas themed booze down my neck as soon as humanly possible. What’s more festive than a glass or 5 of mulled wine? Sourcing the ingredients for mulled wine can be a little tricky if you didn’t bring any from home, but it is certainly possible. The main thing is to get the wine, sugar, and oranges. Then just use whatever spices you can get hold of. They have quite a good selection in the foreign food mart in Itaewon. But various things can be found at Home-plus and E mart so don’t worry if you don’t have everything, just use whatever you can find. The wine is the main feature here.
2 bottles of red wine (nothing fancy here, time to break out the Carlo Rossi)
200g of white sugar
2 cinnamon sticks (Pinoy Mart, foreign food mart)
8 cloves (found at Bangsan market)
2 star anise (foreign food mart)
1 teaspoon of mixed all spice
1/2 teaspoon of Nutmeg
Pour a glass or two of wine into the saucepan along with the sugar and spices. Bring to boil for about 5- 10 minutes until it has thickened and formed a syrup. Once it has become syrupy, add the rest of the wine and continue to heat until it is simmering. Once it is simmering, reduce the heat to very low. Pour your wine into a glass and enjoy. Repeat until cheeks are rosy and you are full of festive joy and cheer. Merry Christmas!