The iced Americano
Theiced Americano, which is actually an iced coffee (yes, it sounds less good right away), is not strictly speaking Korean. It seems to have been invented in Algeria, and Americans are heavy consumers of this coffee. But the point is, you can't approach South Korea without talking about iced Americano! Koreans are fans of it and consume it especially in the morning, when going to work. You can order this super refreshing drink at any Korean coffee shop. There are even ready-made sticks that you can buy at the supermarket. Of course, this coffee is (over) consumed throughout the summer by our Korean friends.
You should probably be familiar with this drink if you've ever been to a Korean restaurant or grocery store. We find it in a yellow can a little garish. It's about a traditional korean drink served as dessert. It is credited with digestive and anti-hangover virtues.
There are several versions that differ by region, but the base is malt and rice. I advise you to taste the Sikhye homemade and served in the restaurants. It is much more subtle than the industrial version.
The Subak hwachae
Hwachae means a fruit or flower punch… but without alcohol! It's a ultra refreshing drink which is enormously consumed during hot weather. The best known version is the watermelon version (수박). Its realization is very simple. You can add a few ice cubes to it for something even cooler.
This korean drink, which looks more like a kind of soda-glazed fruit, is usually enjoyed with friends. We meet around a watermelon, sitting on the floor or on the porch of a traditional Korean house.
This is a punch again, but totally different from the one I previously mentioned. The Sujeonggwa is a ancestral dessert drink composed of cinnamon and ginger, quite sweet. Formerly very commonly consumed, this korean drink is now used during celebrations. Nevertheless, it is consumed throughout the summer, and in particular for its virtues that promote good digestion.
It is now easily found in Asian grocery stores and Korean restaurants.
In addition, soju is now available in many flavors: lemon, watermelon, strawberry, yogurt ... There is something for everyone, as long as you like this alcohol! What also makes soju so “legendary” are the drinks that we use to taste it. You see it in (almost) all movies and dramas, and it would almost go to our heads.
If you didn't know it yet, Koreans are crazy about beer too. And since they love soju, beer and drinking, they thought it might be fun to combine these two alcoholic drinks! They thus invented the somaek (so from soju, maek from maekju - beer), a cocktail that is regularly seen in Korean series and films. Seemingly simple to make, you have to find the right balance between the two alcohols to prepare the perfect cocktail.
Makgeolli is a fermented rice alcohol with a mild, slightly sweet flavor and is a bit effervescent. It is often consumed when eating pajeons but also when tasting bingsus. It is drunk very cold and very easily. Although it is not a strong alcohol, it is quite treacherous because it is drunk really very quickly. In addition, it is now also available in various flavors.