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Sikhye (식혜, Sweet rice drink)

Sikhye is a traditional sweet Korean beverage served after a meal or during teatime. It is sometimes called dansul or gamju, but these terms can also refer to other beverages containing alcohol. Sikhye is made from cooked rice and barley malt powder. In days past, the drink accompanied meals because it was believed to aid digestion. In wintertime, sikhye was garnished with a few pine nuts to prevent the drinker from gulping the cold beverage too fast and giving him or herself a stomachache. Today, sikhye is served as a dessert in many restaurants, and it is readily available in cans or plastic bottles in grocery stores and convenience stores. Sikhye is often made at home as part of holiday celebrations and has become a favorite thirst-quencher at jjimjilbangs.

* Recipe: Pour malt water into a pot containing steamed glutinous rice, and leave it to ferment. After it is fermented, remove the rice and rinse it in cold water. Boil with sugar and ginger, and set aside to cool. Pour some of the drink into a cup, add some rice sugar, and top it off with pine nuts.

Purchasing Information
Sikhye is available in cans or plastic bottles at supermarkets, convenience stores, and local markets.
Sujeonggwa (수정과, Persimmon punch)

Sujeonggwa is a sweet and pungent traditional drink that is customarily used as a palate cleanser. Usually made on New Year’s Day (January 1 by the lunar calendar), Sujeonggwa is made using dried sweet persimmons, cinnamon, and ginger. The ingredients combine to produce a fragrant aromatic drink that is said to warm the body and even cure hangovers. Together with sikhye, sujeonggwa has long been a favorite traditional beverage of the Korean people, and can easily be found in retail stores in cans or plastic bottles. It is also often served as a dessert in traditional Korean restaurants.

* Recipe: Simmer ginger and cinnamon sticks and then add sugar or honey. Garnish with dried persimmon and pine nuts.

Purchasing Information
Sujeonggwa can be purchased in cans or plastic bottles at your local supermarket.
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