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Korean Drinks

From watermelon punch to the Korean tea ceremony, you will find Korean drink recipes, information, and traditions here.

Sparkling Ginger Cocktail Recipe
Ginger has a nice bite, which makes it an interesting addition to cocktails. Try this ginger cocktail, which is sparkling, refreshing and aromatic.

Korean Plum Wine (Maesil Ju) Recipe
Maesil Ju is a traditional Korean liqueur made out of green maesil plums. Sometimes also called plum wine, this liqueur is sweet, tart and refreshing on ice in the summer. There are also Chinese and Japanese versions of this liquor or wine, but the Korean “plum wine” is made with soju and honey.

How to Make Persimmon Wine
Persimmons are one of the sweetest fruits in the world when fully ripe and they make a fine, fruity wine. In wine making, patience is always needed: you're not going to make a delicious wine in a month. But with good, ripe persimmons, you can make a delicious wine at home in less than 6 months.

Persimmon Champagne Cocktail Recipe
Persimmons are a delicious autumn-winter fruit that are good fresh or dried and cooked into meals or desserts. A recipe for a persimmon champagne cocktail and some facts about persimmons in Korea.

How to Make Ginseng Tea (Insam Cha)
Koreans love ginseng because of the strong connection between food and medicine. Ginseng is a restorative and gives a boost to health and vitality. This ginseng tea is zesty, aromatic and warms you from the inside.

Roasted Rice Tea Recipe (Sungyung)
A popular Korean grain "tea", Sungyung is just well-roasted rice steeped in hot water. It has a nutty, smoky flavor.

How to Make Soy Milk
An easy way to make soy milk at home.

Profile of Makkoli
A profile of the oldest Korean alcoholic drink, Makkoli (makgeolli).

Korean Cinnamon and Persimmon Punch (Soo Jung Gwa) Recipe
A refreshing, slightly spicy Korean drink that is good both hot and cold, Soo Jung Gwa can also be served as a dessert drink.

Roasted Corn Tea Recipe (Oksoosoo Cha)
Korean Roasted Corn Tea (Oksoosoo Cha or Oksusu Cha) is a mild, light tea that can be enjoyed with meals or by itself. It's considered good for digestion and intestinal health.

Types of Korean Anju (Drinking Snacks)
In Korea, drinking alcohol and eating go hand in hand: alcohol is almost always served and enjoyed with snacks or side dishes called "Anju". These dishes are often savory and/or spicy like spicy fried chicken or squid, but nuts and fruit are also popular anju. It is a requirement to order anju with drinks at many Korean bars, clubs, and karaoke places.

Apple Soju Cocktail
This refreshing apple soju cocktail is simple to mix for even the sloppiest bartender. Light and smooth, you can serve it in a martini glass with apple slices as garnish. If you want to do it up like a Korean bar, hollow out an apple to use as a cocktail glass.

Wine Pairings for Korean Food
Korean food is notoriously hard to pair with wines, since there are so many different types of flavors in your average Korean meal. Find out how to pair wine with your Korean dinner.

Sour Soju Shot
A soju shooter that is tart, crisp, and too easy to drink.

Yogurt Soju Cocktail Recipe
A yogurt cocktail might sound crazy, but yogurt soju is popular in Korea and all over Asia. Both yogurt and soju go well with the fiery aspects of Korean cuisine, so it makes sense that they'd be mixed by Koreans. But be careful, as the most common complaint about yogurt soju is that it's so easy to drink that you're drunk before you know it.

Profile of the Korean Liquor Soju, the most popular alcohol in Korea today and a drink of growing popularity in the West.

Korean Ginger Tea (Saengang Cha)
This sweet Korean ginger tea is served chilled as a refresher on a hot summer day or brewed with cinnamon and served warm as a natural cold remedy.

Korean Barley Tea (Bori Cha)
This light, nutty tea is served year-round with Korean food. Healthy and mild, it can be served hot, warm, or cold.

Korean Cocktails, Teas, and Drinks
A list of restorative, refreshing, and delicious Korean drinks to enjoy and make. Some of these are traditional Korean teas and others are contemporary cocktails and new takes on old classics. Cheers!

Korean Watermelon Punch
A refreshing drink for the summertime, this is best made with Korean rice brandy (soju). The addition of lemon-lime soda is a modern twist, and the recipe is still delicious without the brandy for a non-alcoholic drink.

Korean Tea Ceremony
The late Mi Hee Kim is credited with reviving the 2000 year old Korean tea ceremony, which even predates the more famous Japanese one. Her foundation now works to preserve the Korean tea tradition, and you can learn about the ancient ceremonies including the everyday, scholarly, and guest versions. With step-by-step photos, you can recreate these tea ceremonies at home for special occasions.

Yuja Tea (Yuzu Citron Tea) Recipe
Korean Yuja Cha (Yuzu Tea) is deliciously sweet and tart and full of Vitamin C. Very popular in the winter and as a cold and flu remedy, it is very easy to make at home if you can find fresh citron. If you cannot find fresh yuja, then many Asian groceries and almost all Korean markets will sell the Yuja Chung (Citron Tea Marmalade).

Yuja Champagne Cocktail Recipe
Yuja, the Korean citron fruit, has a zingy tart flavor that combines elements of mandarin oranges, lemons, and grapefruits. Although yuja chung, the Korean yuzu marmalade, is traditionally used for making hot tea, it can add vitality and contemporary glamour to mixed drink cocktails.

History, Types, and Medicinal Uses of Korean Teas
An overview and short history of teas in Korean culture. This useful list also gives the medicinal uses of teas as they are used in Korean culture as herbal remedies for improving skin tone, liver function, digestion, and for healing colds and flu.

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