List of Korean drinks

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This list of Korean drinks includes drinks, traditional or modern, which are distinctive to or closely identified with Korea. Brands and companies are South Korean unless noted.

Alcoholic drinks[edit]

Daepo, a branded yakju
Persimmon wine from Daegu


Non-alcoholic drinks[edit]


All Korean traditional non-alcoholic drinks are referred to as "eumcheongnyu" (음청류 ). According to historical documents regarding Korean cuisine, almost 200 items of eumcheongnyu are found.[1][2][3] Eumcheongnyu can be divided into the categories

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, and galsu have almost disappeared in the present.[4][5]


A more extensive list can be found in: Korean tea, See also: Korean tea ceremony


  • Hwachae is a group of Korean traditional drinks made with fruits, flower petals, and honey, or sugar.


  • Ogamcha, a drink with alder, licorice, chaga and ginseng
  • Sikhye, a malt drink
  • Solhinun, a pine bud drink made by Lotte
  • Sujeonggwa, a persimmon and cinnamon drink


  • 2% fruit flavored water; peach, lemon, apple, grape and pomegranate
  • 815 Cola (discontinued and relaunched in 2014)
  • Achimhatsal, rice milk
  • Bacchus-F[6]
  • Banana Flavored Milk
  • Chilsung Cider, a clear carbonated sugar soda (not lemon-lime like Sprite)
  • Duyu, soymilk
  • McCOL, a barley-made cola
  • Milkis, a creamy soda
  • Sac Sac, a Mandarin orange-flavored drink (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 [7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 백운화 (April 1996). 제 3 주제 전통 음청류의 산업화 현황과 전망 (in Korean). 인제식품과학 FORUM: 75~95. Archived from the original on June 8, 2008. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Eumcheongnyu (Traditional Non-Alcoholic Beverages)". Visit Seoul. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
  3. ^ "20 delicious Korean drinks". CNN Travel. 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2013-04-24.
  4. ^ "Introduction of Eumcheongryu". Korea Agro-Fisheries Trade Corporation. Archived from the original on 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2008-05-22.
  5. ^ 손경희 (April 1996). 제 1 주제 한국 전통 음청류의 역사적 고찰 (in Korean). 인제식품과학 FORUM: 7~23. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Vita 500 Nudges Past Bacchus. Korea Times 11 May 2005
  7. ^ Cyworld Named Hit Product of the Year Chosun Ilbo December 15, 2004

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