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

Main article: Korean wine

Daepo, a branded yakju
Daepo, a branded yakju
Persimmon wine from Daegu
Persimmon wine from Daegu


Main articles: Beer in North Korea and Beer in South Korea

Non-alcoholic drinks


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 According to historical documents regarding Korean cuisine, almost 200 items of eumcheongnyu are found.[1][2][3] Eumcheongnyu can be divided into the categories of cha (차 tea), tang (탕 boiled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


Main article: Hwachae



This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (September 2011)

See also


  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)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Eumcheongnyu (Traditional Non-Alcoholic Beverages)". Visit Seoul. Archived from the original on 2012-01-18. 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)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Vita 500 Nudges Past Bacchus. Korea Times 11 May 2005
  7. ^ Cyworld Named Hit Product of the Year Archived 2008-07-04 at the Wayback Machine Chosun Ilbo December 15, 2004