Korean beers, wines, liquors, and spirits — this article will be all about Korean Alcohol!
Korea is home to many interesting (and delicious!) alcoholic concoctions that make enjoying a night out drinking with friends anything but boring.
We’ll tell you all about the different kinds of Korean alcohol so you can give ’em a shot!
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- 1 Different types of alcoholic drinks in Korea
- 1.1 Korean Alcohol #1: Soju (소주)
- 1.1.1 Soju Alcohol content
- 1.2 Korean Alcohol #2: Bokbunja (복분자)
- 1.3 Korean Alcohol #3: Maeshilju (매실주)
- 1.4 Korean Alcohol #4: Korean Rice Wine/Makgeolli (막걸리)
- 1.5 Korean Alcohol #5: Dongdongju (동동주)
- 1.6 Korean Alcohol #6: Sansachun (산사춘)
- 1.7 Korean Alcohol #7: Cheongju (청주)
- 1.8 Korean Alcohol #8: Baekseju (백세주)
- 1.9 Korean Alcohol #9: Flower Wine (꽃 와인)
- 1.10 Korean Drink #10: Cocktails (칵테일)
- 1.10.1 Soju Bomb
- 1.11 Korean Drink #11: Korean Beer (맥주)
- 1.1 Korean Alcohol #1: Soju (소주)
- 2 Where to buy Korean Alcohol
- 2.1 Korean Bars
- 2.2 Korean Convenience Stores
Different types of alcoholic drinks in Korea
Some types of Korean alcohol are unlike anything that you’ve ever tasted before — whether it’s green plum wine or a soju bomb that incorporates dropping soju into a tall Korean beer, you’re in for a treat if you’re out drinking in Korea.
Contrary to popular belief, the citizens that live in South Korea consume twice the amount of alcohol as citizens of Russia, so you can bet that there’s a long, long list of delicious Korean alcohol for you to wet your whistle with. Whether you’re in the mood for a cocktail, a glass of wine, or a couple of cold Korean beers, there’s a Korean version of your favorite drink!
Put down the beer, and read on for a list of must-try Korean alcoholic beverages that you should incorporate into your next evening out! Bottoms up!
Korean Alcohol #1: Soju (소주)
It doesn’t get more Korean than soju, the quintessential Korean alcohol. That being said, Koreans aren’t the only ones who love soju – believe it or not, it’s the most widely consumed type of alcohol in the world!Soju is traditionally made from rice, but can also be made with alternative starches like wheat and sweet potatoes.
Unlike other clear alcoholic beverages like gin and vodka, soju is slightly sweet when you drink it neat due to sugar added during the distillation process. Even if you’re not a fan of drinking liquor neat, there’s a chance that you’ll find soju easy on the palate, and you may become a convert.
Soju Alcohol content
Soju pairs well with a wide variety of popular Korean dishes, so it is considered by many to be a staple for a great, well-rounded dinner. However, be careful before you pour your third or fourth glass – soju is commonly 19-25% alcohol, so it is a much higher proof than beer and wine. Don’t let that scare you away, though! The distinct, sharp taste of soju is famous for a reason.
Stop and pick up a bottle before your next dinner party, and you’ll see what all the buzz is about!
Korean Alcohol #2: Bokbunja (복분자)
Time for a quick wine lesson! As I’m sure you’re aware, wine is made from grapes, and the different flavors in different types of wine come from manipulating the fermenting process to enhance other properties of the grapes’ flavor. So, what would happen if you used a fruit like blackberries instead of grapes? A delicious beverage called bokbunja is what happens!
That being said, the similarities between bokbunja and wine stop there. Bokbunja has a much higher alcohol content than a standard glass of red or white wine – a glass of bokbunja averages 15-19% alcohol, and a glass of wine averages between 9-16%. Due to the high acidity of the blackberries, bokbunja is a delight to drink with lightly seasoned seafood dishes.
Bokbunja also has a less-known property that makes it a huge hit – it’s been linked to a rise in testosterone in men, making it a delicious aphrodisiac. Pick up a bottle of this tart Korean alcohol the next time you’re cooking fish, crab, or octopus for your date, and you’ll be in for a treat!
Korean Alcohol #3: Maeshilju (매실주)
Are you a fan of sweet dessert wines? If so, maeshilju is the drink for you! Maeshilju is a super sweet Korean alcohol made from green plums fermented with a sweetener, like light brown sugar or honey.
The alcohol percentage of this drink is sitting at a decent 14%, which means you’ll be able to enjoy a few glasses without falling over or running into walls. Still, if you drink much more than that, you may be in for a wild night (although there’s nothing wrong with a rough night or two once in a while!).
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Maeshilju doesn’t pair well with dinner because its sweetness can be overpowering, but a glass after a meal makes for a fantastic dessert. Break out some maeshilju the next time you’re hosting a dinner party and would like to bring the dining experience to a well-rounded finish for your friends or family. They won’t be disappointed!
Korean Alcohol #4: Korean Rice Wine/Makgeolli (막걸리)
Makgeolli is the original Korean alcohol – it’s much older than the other alcohols listed on this list. However, it’s still a favorite in Korean bars and restaurants for a good reason!
Makgeolli is a thick, sweet rice wine that is sweet and tangy with a touch of carbonation to pull the drink together. In recent years, makgeolli has started becoming popular with the younger crowd when paired with a fruit cocktail to make it slightly sweeter.
There are many different types of makgeolli available for purchase. Some renditions add additional flavors, while some versions pride themselves on using pure, organic ingredients for an all-around smooth and unbeatable taste (at a slightly higher price). Shop around and find the makgeolli that you prefer, and take part in a tradition almost as old as Korea itself!
Korean Alcohol #5: Dongdongju (동동주)
Dongdongju is a less popular (but still delicious!) variation of makgeolli. Makgeolli is made from rice, and as a result, is thick and can be full of sediment if it’s unfiltered. Dongdongju is its unfiltered cousin – your standard glass of dongdongju will have rice particles in the bottom of the glass, adding an interesting texture to an already exciting drink.
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Makgeolli has somewhere between a 6-8% alcohol content, so it’s similar to enjoying a beer or a glass of wine and isn’t considered heavy drinking. You can sip makgeolli throughout the evening and maintain a pleasant buzz without getting a hangover the following day.
Aside from the difference in thickness and texture resulting from the filtering, dongdongju has a very similar flavor profile to makgeolli, so if you’re a fan of makgeolli give dongdongju a try!
Korean Alcohol #6: Sansachun (산사춘)
Sansachun has been considered a “medicinal alcohol” for over 400 years. Supposedly, sansachun is the drink to pour when you’re stressed or anxious, as it’s supposed to calm the nerves and soothe the body. A type of alcohol that’s supposed to be good for you? Sign me up!
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Sansachun has long been attributed to various positive physical effects ranging from enhancing appetite if consumed before a meal to keeping hangovers at bay if you drink it during a night of heavy drinking.
There are stories with sansachun being associated with the improvement of more serious physical maladies ranging from nausea to heart disease, so there’s a lot of respect for this beverage throughout Korea.
If you mention an ache or pain you’ve been experiencing recently, don’t be surprised if you receive several recommendations to drink more sansachun!
Brewed from hawthorn berries, sansachun is slightly sour and is said to enhance appetite if it’s consumed before eating, which makes it a popular pre-dinner drink. Use sansachun to unwind the next time you’ve had a long day, and let us know what you think in the comments below!
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Korean Alcohol #7: Cheongju (청주)
Cheongju is literally “clear liquor” in Korean, and true to its name, it’s clear Korean rice wine. Think of it as a very mild, slightly sweet soju. The difference in taste comes from being fermented at least twice (rather than once). The difference in the fermentation process produces a mild, sweet beverage that appeals to many drinkers who find the taste of soju too intense and unpalatable.
Different regions in Korea produce different varieties of cheongju that are all slightly variant in taste and amazing for unique reasons. Nonsan, Gunsan, and Masan are three regions in particular that are known for their cheongju production.
Cheongju is considered very similar to Japanese sake, so if you’re a fan of sake, this drink will be your favorite when you’re in Korea next. Make sure you try cheongju from as many regions as possible so you can decide which one is your favorite!
If you gave soju a shot and didn’t know what all the fuss was about, try cheongju for a dialed back drinking experience that you’ll be sure to enjoy!
Korean Alcohol #8: Baekseju (백세주)
Baekseju is another Korean alcohol that has been around the block — the first mentions of baekseju go back to the seventeenth century, so drinkers in Korea have been enjoying it for quite some time! This alcohol is a favorite during celebrations and nights out in Korea because it goes through several stages of fermentation. Hence, it’s extra potent and will definitely ensure that you have a fun night.
Baekseju has a fascinating flavor profile — it is definitely not sweet, and it has a distinct nutty flavor that makes it pair well with meat-based meals. Although you can enjoy baekseju on its own, it is most commonly cut with soju. The flavors combine to make a delicious drink that is a staple among the Korean drinking crowd.
Due to its considerable potency, baekseju is a little bit more expensive than most alcohols you’ll find in a Korean convenience store. That being said, if you’re cutting it with soju, a bottle should last you a while! Pick up some baekseju the next time you’re making a hearty meat dish, or you have something fun to celebrate!
Korean Alcohol #9: Flower Wine (꽃 와인)
If you’ve checked out our article on non-alcoholic beverages, then you’re already aware that a popular Korean tea is made from chrysanthemum flowers, which is delicious as well as aesthetically pleasing. Flower wine is another Korean beverage that celebrates flowers because everything is better when made into an alcoholic beverage, right?
Different types of flower wine are made with various flower types ranging from azalea to chrysanthemum to peach blossoms. As a result, the flavor profile and the alcohol content can vary significantly between the different variations.
Regardless of which type of flower wine you end up going with, it’s a delicious beverage unique to Korean drinking culture — you’re unlikely to find this Korean alcohol in other parts of the country. Pick up a bottle when you’re in Seoul next and experience some flower power!
Korean Drink #10: Cocktails (칵테일)
Typically, Korean alcohols don’t need to be combined with a mixer — the mixing of flavors has already been done for you in the distillation process, which is why so many of these different types of alcohol are delicious straight out of the bottle.
That doesn’t mean that fans of Korean alcohol are opposed to trying new things, but rather than they believe mixing soda or juice with alcohol doesn’t let the drinker appreciate the alcohol for what it is. There’s something to be said for enjoying the purity of wine or liquor on its own!
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While this is the general approach to Korean alcohol, there is an exception to the rule. Soju can be mixed with a wide variety of mixers and be just as delicious as it is when you drink it neat. Whether you’re serving it mixed with chilled juice or a fizzy soda, soju’s flavor will complement the mixer and make an awesome cocktail that you’ll enjoy sipping all night.
If you’re feeling adventurous and want to get your night started right, consider ordering 소맥 (somaek) also commonly known as “Soju Bomb.” The term “somaek” is a combination of the words 소주(soju) and 맥주 (maekju) which is the Korean word for beer.
This involves dropping soju (served in a shot glass) into a tall and frosty beer. After dropping the soju, you’re meant to finish the drink as quickly as your stomach will allow you, so this drink is not for the faint of heart!
Seoul has recently had an influx of Western-influenced bars pop up, so if you find yourself craving a traditional Western drink, you won’t have too difficult of a time tracking it down.
Korean Drink #11: Korean Beer (맥주)
We already know what you’re thinking: “you can find beer anywhere! What makes Korean beer special?”
Korean Beer has been a crowd favorite in Korea since the first brewery popped up in 1933, so it’s been around for almost a century. Some of the big players in the Korean beers game are Oriental Brewery, Hite, and Cass, and you’re likely to find a wide selection, including some novelty beers depending on the bar you find yourself in.
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If you’re in a convenience store, you’ll be likely to find at least three or four different types of Korean beer. If you check out a large grocery store, you’ll find a wealth of imported beers from all over the world, so you’re not restricted to drinking only Korean beer the next time you visit.
For the most part, Korean beer has a couple of different things in common: they’re light-bodied, and there isn’t a whole lot of complexity to their flavor profiles. They don’t have the variety in style you’ll find in countries like Germany or the US.
But, that being said, there’s a time and a place for a frosty mug of ice-cold beer on a hot summer day, and if that’s what you’re in the mood for, then Korean beer has you covered! Grab a pint of Hite and hit the patio this summer.
Where to buy Korean Alcohol
If you find yourself in Korea on a trip (or live, if you’re lucky!), you’re probably thinking about where you can find all these different types of Korean alcohol because the rules are different from country to country.
Depending on where you’re staying, there will be many bars in Korea — Seoul, in particular where you can find different types of Korean alcohol. The city has a fantastic bar scene, but there are bars throughout the country that will have a unique Korean flair to them.
Seoul has been ranked the #1 city for partying in nightlife globally by many online polls, so you know you’re in for a good time if you’re staying in the country’s capital city. Whether you’re interested in dancing to EDM music or hanging out at a dive bar with plastic furniture and a huge patio, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Seoul.
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Korean Convenience Stores
If you’d instead pick up some alcohol for your hotel or apartment, you have many different options depending on what’s convenient.
You can stop by a grocery store if you need to pick up something for dinner as well as your soju, or you can swing by the convenience store that’s closest to you for a more limited selection of alcohol. Wherever you stop, the likelihood of them selling at least a couple of different types of alcohol is very high.
Getting to know the food and drink of a particular culture can be intimidating if you don’t have a point of reference. Hopefully, this list helps you navigate the Korean drinking scene and have some fun!
If you want an overview of the Korean language, here is an excellent place to start: https://www.90daykorean.com/korean/. And to jump right into learning here is a great guide: https://www.90daykorean.com/learn-korean/.
Do you have a favorite Korean liquor that wasn’t on this list? Be sure to tell us about it in the comments!
There are over 1000 alcoholic drinks in South Korea and most of them are made from rice.. There are six distinct flavors traditional Korean alcoholic drinks have.. They are usually from fermented rice and other ingredients such as herbs, flowers, and fruits.. These include milky rice wine (takju), clear rice wines (cheongju), flower wines, fruit wine (gwasil-ju), medicinal wines, and distilled liquor (soju).. Let’s get to know these traditional liquor Koreans are into.. Compared to other distilled beverages, soju is slightly sweet in taste because of the sugar added during the distillation process.. Aside from rice wines, some of the Korean traditional wines are also from flowers.. Makgeolli is another sweet alcoholic drink made from rice.. This rice wine is known to be the oldest traditional Korean rice wine.
While they will enjoy beer, wine, vodka and whiskey, the main attraction for drinking games is soju.. Basic Rules & Guidelines Bottle Cap – a good starter game Up & Down – this is perfect for right after Bottle Cap The Submarine (or Titanic) – a game of chicken involving alcohol The Spoon Game – ideal when everyone is already three sheets to the wind Babo – game involving the numbers one to five Chopsticks – guessing game about other players Sam-Yuk-Gu or 3-6-9 – a game that focuses on coordination and numbers Hello Cleopatra – the rules utilize a song King – Order-following game Secrets – Similar to “Telephone” Ttalgi (or Strawberry) – Clapping on beat that ascends and descends. Drinking games can start on hierarchy this way as well.. With the copious consumption of alcohol come singing and most drinking games incorporate some kind of song.. But none is more popular than the one sung to encourage people to drink upon losing the round of any given game.. Drink, Drink!술이 들어간다Sul-i deureogandaThe alcohol goes down쭉 쭉쭉쭉쭉쭉 쭉쭉쭉쭉jjuk jjuk jjuk jjuk jjukjjuk jjuk jjuk jjuk jjuk[this is the sound of glugging down alcohol]언제까지 어깨춤을Eonje-ggaji eoggae-chum-eulUntil when we are going to do추게할거야chugehal-geoyaThe dance of the shoulders내어깨를 봐!Nae eogge-rul bwa!Look at my shoulders!탈골됐잖아!Tal-gol dwaet-janh-a!They are dislocated!탈골!. As you will soon see, these drinking games can get out of hand.. Not only does it provide the best chances at winning, it also starts off a night of drinking games.. Whoever won the previous drinking game pours a tall glass with beer but only halfway.. The winner of the previous game starts it off by calling a number between one and five.. The next player then shows the same number of fingers the previous player called yet calls out a different number.. Another simple game, “Secrets” is similar to the American game of “Telephone.” The players sits around a table and the first person whispers a question into the ear of the person on their right.. If they guess the person correctly, then the person who’s the answer of the question must drink a shot of soju.. As you can see, even though the drinking games are simple in concept, they can become quite the smorgasbord once everyone has consumed copious amounts of soju.
Check out these popular Korean beverages and you must try Korean soft drinks!. You can try mixing this syrup with water to make a refreshingly sweet soda or you can also add this syrup to hot warm water to make a calming sweet tea.. If you are looking for something refreshing and delicious just like an iced drink in a hot summer season then you should definitely try this green tea.. What are the most famous soft drinks in South Korea?. What is the most popular drink in South Korea?. So this was a list of some delicious and refreshing drinks to hop on this summer if you want to have a taste of Korean taste and tradition.. Korean’s have a lot of interesting flavors in their food that they incorporate into their drinks as well.. And with a lot of exotic fruits available in the country, you can see the flavors in the soft drinks as well.
Soju Banana Milk Milkis Bacchus Sikhye Dalgona Sujeonggwa Citron Tea Coffee Milk Chrysanthemum Tea Green Plum Tea Makgeolli Yumlu Barley Tea Cheongju Omija Tea Sungnyung Baekseju Corn Tea Dawn 808. There are flavored versions as well, including strawberry and banana.. The popularity of Milkis is such that you don’t need to go all the way to Korea to find it.. Sikhye is a sweet drink that’s often served cold, sometimes as a thirst quencher, and other times as something to accompany desserts.. The coffee part of the drink often relies on instant coffee, water, and sugar.. While you can make the drink with other types of coffee, those versions don’t end up as creamy.. This hot drink is a type of flower-based tea and is a popular option.. The fermentation gives the drink a sweet flavor and makes the rice wine easy to drink.. You just need to infuse it in hot water, just like you would with any other type of tea.. Did you know that you can make tea out of corn?
Let's take a look at where the Korean drinking culture has its origin, the types of drinks Korea offers, the 12 most popular drinks, and where to get them.. Korean drinking habits evolve a lot around going out while drinking and drinking alongside meals.. Now that we know more about the history of the drinking culture, let's look at the types of drinks consumed by South Koreans every day.. This sweet drink is one of the most popular alcoholic drinks in South Korea.. We're leaving the Korean soft drinks behind to welcome an energy drink into the ranking.
In this article we will deep dive into the Korean drinking culture as a whole and why South Koreans drink so much.. However, this has caused no slow down in drinking in Korea as most Koreans take the taxi after a heavy night of drinking.. In order to fully understand Korean drinking culture, you will need to drink in Korea which is why it is critical to know some of the rules.. It is a common rule in Korea that the first shot or drink you drink it all.. Korean drinking games are a part of Korean drinking culture.. When drinking in Korea, you will most likely play a Korean drinking game.
Whether you’re looking for something warm, something sweet, or something that’ll fill you up, read through our list below to figure out which Korean drink is perfect for you!. Banana milk is one of the most popular beverages on this list by far – nearly one million bottles of banana milk are sold per day in South Korea!. Pick up a banana milk the next time you see it so that you understand what all of the fuss is about!. Sikhye is a traditional Korean rice drink that’s as sweet as it is traditional – so sweet, in fact, that it’s often served as a dessert!. Pick up a couple of packages of coffee milk the next time you have a long week ahead of you (or if you need some extra energy to explore Seoul) – just remember to throw the packages out when you’re done playing with them!. You can find milkis in eclectic grocery stores around the world, so you don’t even have to wait until your next trip to Korea to try this Korean drink!. Be sure to let us know what you think of your first milkis experience in the comments below.. While it can be enjoyed on its own or with honey as a sweetener, omija tea can also be flavored with mung beans or flowers to turn it into a variety of punches.. According to traditional Korean medicine, omija tea may even help restore the liver over time!
But thankfully, Korea has some of the best hangover drinks and has perfected the formula to get you through the night and have you feeling great in the morning.. Many Koreans use these drinks before or after a night out to help them metabolize the alcohol (mostly soju).. These drinks include ingredients such as Korean pear juice, red ginseng, and raisin extract, just to name a few.. This might be the most popular hangover drink in Korea .. It was one of the first hangover drinks made in Korea.. One before drinking, one while you are drinking, and one before you go to bed.. The most expensive hangover drink in Korea is the 808 Dawn, sold for 5,500 won.. Some feel the drink does nothing, and those feel it is the best hangover drink in Korea.. It is recommended to drink 808 Dawn before drinking.. This is why many Koreans drink Oriental Raisin Tea, which has existed for a very long time in Korea.. Again unlike the other drink, this hangover drink focuses on hydrating the body so you can have it with you and drink it throughout the night.. If your boss wants to drink, you will be drinking that night.. Drinking is not only a part of Korean working culture but Korean culture as a whole.
From distilled liquors, wines, teas, and punches, drinking in Korea is valued with a long tradition.. The most popular Korean alcoholic drink is soju.. Along with Soju and Makgeoli, beer is one of the most popular alcoholic drinks in Korea.. This traditional liquor is made from glutinous rice, yeast, and a 100 day fermentation period.. Literally “100 year old” alcohol, Baekseju is an herbal wine made from rice like Cheongju and Makgeoli.. Sikhye is a sweet cold drink made from cooked rice and malted barley.. Barley tea isn’t particularly a traditional Korean drink, but it’s popular in East Asia.. It can be hot or cold, and is often sold in bottled form or in tea bags.
Soju is the national drink of choice and it makes sense considering how cheap it is and how much Koreans, in general, drink.. Really just go to 7-11, GS 25, CU, grocery stores or any mom and pop shop to find it as well as restaurants etc.. So the lesson, besides improving your parenting skills, is drink the 100 year wine to stay young forever or otherwise your father who looks fifty years your junior will beat you senseless.. Really just go to 7-11, GS 25, CU, grocery stores or any mom and pop shop to find it as well as restaurants etc.. Really just go to 7-11, GS 25, CU, grocery stores or any mom and pop shop to find it as well as restaurants etc.. Really just go to 7-11, GS 25, CU, grocery stores or any mom and pop shop to find it as well as restaurants etc.. Really just go to 7-11, GS 25, CU, grocery stores or any mom and pop shop to find it as well as restaurants etc.. Then you drink from one, and quickly balance out the drink from your other and then drink from the second and do the same so both stay relatively equal.. Really just go to 7-11, GS 25, CU, grocery stores or any mom and pop shop to find it as well as restaurants and then make it yourself!
Ice 2 shots of soju 2 shots of Korean yogurt or original flavoured Yakult/Vitagen Chilsung cider or Sprite. Pour 2 shots of soju into a glass filled with ice.. Ice 2 shots of soju Chilsung cider or Sprite Screw bar (strawberry-flavoured) Lemon slices (optional) Mint leaves (optional). Pour 2 shots of soju into a glass filled with ice.. Place a shot glass inside a beer glass and fill the shot glass till ½ full with Coca Cola.. Stack another shot glass on top of the first shot glass and fill this one with soju till ½ full.. Ice 2 shots of soju 1 shot of Red Bull 1 shot of Gatorade. Ice 2 shots of soju 2 shots of black coffee Sugar syrup (optional). Add an equal amount of soju and coffee into a glass half-filled with ice, and mix well.. Pour 1 to 2 shots of soju , depending on your liking, into a glass ¼ filled with ice.. Nutritionists recommend having 2 servings of fruits daily, so after you’re done with a glass of pear soju , move on to a refreshing glass of watermelon soju .. Ice 2 shots of soju ¼ cup of grated watermelon Chilsung cider or Sprite Mint leaves (optional)
Here are 21 awesome drinking games Koreans play to get the night started.. The sequel is started by the person who won the first game (the one who didn’t have to drink).. One person chooses a comrade, and that person points to the person they want to drink.. If two people shout the same number at the same time, they both drink and the game restarts.. Or the last person who shouts a number must drink and the game starts over.. As the games heat up and people get a few drinks in them, it’s not uncommon for the group to start chanting, “random game”, followed by someone’s name to let them choose the game they want.. After each person gets a horse number, the game starts.. You take turns calling out your number and then the number of the person you want to “attack”.. The first player starts by tapping their drink once, which passes the turn on to the player to their right.
Korean people have been distilling alcohol for over 1,000 years and it is embedded deeply in the culture.. Known as the “common people’s drink,” soju is almost always consumed as a shot.. Dongdongju is a very young wine.. It’s sometimes distilled, which makes it a spirit, and medicinal herbs or spices can be added to the mix, which changes the flavor dramatically.. Some varieties are made with glutinous or black rice, and flowers or spices can be added, which transforms a yakju into a gwasilju or gahyangju.. Leading academics would teach their young colleagues to respect their elders and to drink politely.. It’s quite common, when Koreans meet, to ask the other person’s age.. These bomb drinks are usually prepared yourself by ordering a bottle of soju and a glass of beer and mixing to your preference.
However, there are way more Korean alcoholic drinks than just the two mentioned above!. With the exception of makgeolli and beer, alcoholic drinks are commonly served in small shot-glass sizes.. To many first-time drinkers, soju tends to have a very ‘alcoholic’ flavour even at 19-25% abv (vodka is 40%; wine is 12%).. Chamisul (Jinro) is the most popular soju brand, although there are others like Chum Churrum (Lotte) which makes softer soju with a lower abv (18%), and luxury soju brands from the city of Andong made using age-old recipes (abv 20-40%).. Beer brands of Korea (via Wikipedia). All Korean restaurants will definitely serve another popular social lubricant: beer!
South Korea is one of the largest markets for alcoholic drinks in the world.. Korean non-alcoholic beverages will refresh the body and mind.. In 1974, Binggrae, which is the most popular flavored-milk brand, created Bananamat uyu as a nutritional snack that enabled the general public to taste bananas while drinking more milk for their health.. Bacchus is a South Korean energy drink that was first introduced to the market in 1963.. You can easily grab a bottle of Bacchus in a convenience store.. It is a shake made from a powder of various healthy ingredients, such as nuts, beans, and grains.. Nurungji, scorched rice (or crunchy rice), is a commonly used ingredient in Korea.. Would you like to try this drink?. If the taste of plain soju is too strong for you, you can go with flavored soju, which would be a lot easier to try.. Makgeolli is the oldest alcoholic drink in Korea, and as of late, it has become one of the most popular.. It is a traditional Korean rice wine that is made from various grains, but mostly rice.. Insamju is a ginseng liquor.
El Colador is one of the traditional Mexican alcoholic drinks made with tequila, lime juice, and agave syrup.. Vampiro is one of the famous Mexican alcoholic drinks made with tequila, tomato juice, and hot sauce.. Tequila Sunrise is a classic Mexican alcoholic drink with tequila, orange juice, and grenadine syrup.. This refreshing drink is made with fresh grapefruit juice, lime juice, and tequila, and it’s garnished with a grapefruit wedge.. Mezcal is one of the Mexican alcoholic drinks that has a smoky flavor and is often served with lime and salt.. Tepache is one of the types of Mexican alcoholic drink that is made from fermented pineapple.. Matador is a tequila-based drink that is perfect for those who want to enjoy the taste of Mexican alcoholic drinks.
Korean drinks are on the rise.. Drinking Korean liquors has become a cultural trend.. So what are some of the must-drink Korean alcohols?. Omegi rice cake made of mixed grains is boiled in water, and is then mixed with nuruk before it’s fermented.. They’re produced by distilling fermented drink for elevated alcohol.. Lee Jimin, who studies drinking culture, loves drinks, food and people.
While this may be indicative of Korea's long-standing love affair with alcohol, there are close to 200 types of traditional teas, juices, and grain drinks associated with the latter group, known as eumcheongnyu (음청류).. Winnowing that list down to 20 drinks required many tasting panels and difficult decisions, but nevertheless, here is our list of the top 20 most interesting and delicious Korean drinks:. In Korea, the berry is normally turned into a tea that can be consumed by itself or mixed with honey, flower petals, mung bean powder, and other things to create a variety of different Korean punches called hwachae (화채).. Korean citron tea, also known as yuzu, is made with yuzu fruit and hot water.. As you might expect from a tea made from flower petals, the tea has a delicate, flowery taste with a sweetness that can be brought out with a spoonful of sugar.. Koreans will often ferment the plums with sugar and make a batch of maesil syrup, essentially a plum concentrate, that they can store and use as a refreshing beverage in the summer or a tea in the winter.. Corn tea can be made with the dried corn silk or with dried and roasted corn kernels or a combination thereof.. Sometimes, as is the case with Sky Barley (하늘 보리), the mass-produced version of this tea, the roasted barley seed is mixed with corn, toasted brown rice, and chicory as a way of lightening the flavor.