If you are planning to visit Korea, do not miss out on the variety of beverages they have. Apart from food, Korea does have many drinks to quench your thirst.
Being a fruit lover, I like to explore everything that has fruits in it. From fruity snacks to drinks, I reach out to everything.
Luckily, Korean fruits are really amazing and people of that country prepare many drinks with them. Apart from fruits, they experiment with grains a lot, you will find many Korean drinks with grains in them.
Today, I will share 10 Korean drinks that are a must try. Trust me, you’ll fall in love country after having these drinks.
Korean banana milk (Bananamat uyu)
Banana flavoured milk is one of the most popular South Korean milk beverages. If you look for milk in Korea, people will offer you this beverage instead.
After all, it is one of the most sold Korean beverages. The flavour of banana is really mild, which makes it appealing.
While drinking it, you won’t just get a mouthful of banana but a savoury flavour will hit your tongue. Korean banana milk is a must try beverage and you can easily find it at any convenience store.
This is a Korean soft drink which has milk and yogurt flavour. Milkis has carbonated water, sugar, corn syrup and milk in it.
Well, I know milk and carbonated water doesn’t sound very appealing. But you gotta try it, because it’s too delicious to just pass on.
Additionally, you can find milks in many flavours such as orange and peach.
Buckwheat tea (Memilcha)
Buckwheat tea is a filling beverage, and many people think it has many health advantages.
Roasted kernels are simply steeped in hot or cold water to prepare it. As an alternative, tea bags may be used.
The resulting beverage has a yellowish or light brown tint and tastes nutty and earthy with notes of sweetness and mild bitterness.
Basically, it is popular in Japan, but people in Korea love this tea too.
Omija tea, according to conventional Korean medicine, may aid in liver restoration!
Basically, this Korean tea is prepared with omija berry. Honey is added as a sweetener and this beverage is garnished with flowers.
Further, there are many variations of this tea that you can try in which flowers are incorporated.
To acquire a sense of the distinct flavour profile of the omija fruit, I advise you to try the traditional omija tea before attempting one of its variants.
Green Plum Tea
If you are planning to visit Korea during summer, hotels will greet you with this amazing plum tea.
Basically, green plum or maesil is available in Korea at the start of summer. You can easily find them in the fruit market and they even have maesil syrup.
While there are a few other ways to make green plum tea, the fermentation process, which turns the plums into a rich, sugary maesil syrup, is the most widely used.
In short, Korean green plum tea is a must try and make sure you bring that syrup home. You can mix it with soda and sparkling water to make a variety of drinks.
Korean Corn Tea
Now this sounds weired, right? Don’t give me that look, I am not including this here to get that look from you.
Korean corn tea is prepared from dried kernels of corn.
In essence, you might say it looks like corn soup but it tastes totally different.
Moreover, the popularity of this drink is because of its benefits not flavour.
Let me tell you a secret, corn tea can help you lose some pounds.
Korean Green Tea(Nokcha)
If you are not up for experimenting with your drinks and want to stick to the classics, try Korean green tea.
Unlike the drinks mentioned above, it is not a fun drink. Traditionally, it has its value and is beneficial.
Also, Koreans do sell amazing green tea ice creams that you can try.
I will suggest you to get your hands on everything you can find with green tea flavours in it.
Finally, don’t forget to bring back a pack of green tea leaves on your way back.
There are many non-alcoholic Korean fruit punches and they come under the term, Hwachae.
Basically, these drinks are prepared by soaking various fruits and flowers into honeyed water.
Subak-Hwachae is the most popular among them, it is a watermelon fruit punch.
All in all, Korean fruit punches are a must try and I hope you’ll find the one that tingles your tastebuds.
If you have a sweet tooth, you can try Sikhye in Korean. It is a sweet rice drink that will feel like heaven on your tongue.
Essentially, barley malt powder, beer, sugar, rice, and occasionally pine nuts are used to prepare it.
Sikhye is offered as a medicinal drink because it has dietary fibre and antioxidants.
Trust me, any Korean drink list is incomplete without Sungnyung on it. It is one of the most popular Korean beverage.
In short, it is prepared by drizzling water or tea over the crispy coating of rice that remains on the pan’s bottom after the rice has finished cooking.
Many people find the idea of this beverage weird but Koreans believe that it promotes digestion.
After looking at all these Korean drinks, I hope you are more excited to visit that country.
Feel free to try these drinks and order them in your country from Amazon.
If you are wondering, where can I buy Korean drinks in my country, don’t think too hard. You can find most of them in online stores.
Additionally, there are Asian super markets in most of the countries where Korean drinks are available in packed form.