List of Korean beverages
This is a list of Korean beverages. It includes beverages, traditional or modern, which are distinctive to or closely identified with Korea. Brands and companies are South Korean unless noted.
- Soju (sweet potato or rice liquor)
- Jinro (brand of soju)
- Cheongju (rice wine)
- Insamju (medicinal wine; made from ginseng)
- Oriental Brewery (brands include OB and Cass)
- Hite (other products include Black Beer Stout)
- Taedonggang a North Korean beer resembling ale; produced since 2002
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All Korean traditional non-alcoholic beverages are referred to as "eumcheongnyu" (음청류 飮淸類). According to historical documents regarding Korean cuisine, almos 200 items of eumcheongnyu are found. Eumcheongnyu can be divided into the groups of cha (차 tea), tang (탕 boiled water), jang (장 fermented grain juice with sour taste), suksu (숙수), galsu (갈수 thirst water), hwachae (화채 fruit punch), sikhye (식혜 sweet rice drink), sujeonggwa (수정과 persimmon drink), milsu or kkulmul (밀수, 꿀물 honeyed water), jeup (즙 juice) and milk by their ingredient materials and preparation methods. Among the eumcheongnyu, cha, hwachae, sikhye, and sujeonggwa are still widely favored and consumed, however, tang, jang, suksu, galsu are almost disappeared in the present.
- Green tea (녹차 [nokcha]), a staple of tea culture across East Asia.
- Boricha, made from barley.
- Oksusu cha, made from boiled roasted corn kernels.
- Sungnyung made from boiled toasted rice
- Yulmu cha, made from the yulmu (율무) grain, or Job's Tears.
- Maxim, a freeze dried coffee that includes cream and sugar.
- Hwachae is a group of Korean traditional beverages made with fruits, flower petals, and honey, or sugar.
- Sikhye, a malt drink.
- Solhinun, a pine bud drink made by Lotte.
- Sujeonggwa, a persimmon drink.
- Ogamcha, a drink with alder, licorice, chaga and ginseng.
- 2% Fruit flavored water. Peach, Lemon, Apple, Grape and Pomegranate.
- 815 Cola (discontinued)
- Chilsung Cider, a clear carbonated sugar soda (not lemon-lime like Sprite)
- Milkis, a Creamy Soda.
- Dooyoo, a soybean/milk drink.
- McCOL, a barley-made cola
- Sac Sac, a Mandarin orange flavored beverage (not pure juice) with bits of pulp found in small aluminum cans with a peel-off tab
- Vita 500 an energy drink launched in 2001 
- Banana Milk
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- Cyworld Named Hit Product of the Year Chosun Ilbo December 15, 2004
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