This emerald beverage, which looks like something from a mad scientist's beaker, is listed on Ramen House Raijin's menu as "Green Tea Hai." If you're not familiar with soju and think this is a healthy drink, I'm sorry to disappoint you. It's not the kind of green tea Zen monks would drink between meditation sessions or something weight-loss enthusiasts would sip throughout the day to rev up their metabolism. But it's a fabulous drink, nonetheless! This cocktail is a blend of green tea, soju (a vodka-like rice liquor), and probably either simple syrup or agave nectar. The ratio between green tea and alcohol, I think, is perfect. The green tea flavor is still at the forefront, while the soju gives it a smooth liquor aftertaste. Mildly alcoholic and very refreshing, this green tea with a twist is great for lightweight drinkers like myself or non-drinkers who'd like to get a little adventurous without embarrassing themselves. (But in case you try this and somehow get totally wasted, please don't send me a hex. I'm taking no responsibility for your zero alcohol tolerance or reckless imbibing. Drink responsibly, people!)
And did I mention you can find this at Raijin? Now don't get this place confused with Ryujin, another ramen house a crosswalk away from it. I know that could be difficult. They both start with an "r" and end with "jin." They both look somewhat nondescript from the outside. And there's even a gregarious waiter who alternates between the two restaurants! I, too, haunt these ramen shops. And yes, I see the said waiter a lot, yet his exuberant attitude has never ceased to amaze me. It's in his face, his cadence, his mannerism. He must really enjoy seeing people eat ramen. Or.....maybe he looks so happy because he drinks lots of this green tea cocktail. Nah, I don't think it's the latter. He just loves us ramen eaters.