Only in Korea – Korean Booze!

South Korea is known to have a drinking culture that can be seen in many aspects of adult life. From social gatherings to business dinners, the majority of meals are consumed with alcohol. With boozy drinks being served with many (if not most) dinners, anyone living or visiting Korea will have ample opportunities to give the more common alcoholic beverages. With a population of only 50 million people, it might come as a surprise that the Korean beverage “soju” is actually the world’s highest selling alcohol by volume, but anyone who’s been to Korea will probably be less skeptical.

While living in South Korea we have become both willingly and unfortunately accustomed to this country’s drinking culture. From work-funded drinking excursions to a casual night out with friends, it’s been a rollercoaster of both pleasure and pain. Regardless of settings, however, we’ve grown accustomed to this nation’s unofficial national drinks of choice. Some are seasonal while others require an acquired taste to get through the evening. Many of these drinks are to be found in all corners of Korea, and although some require a test of courage, some of these Korean alcohols have grown on us!

After much taste testing for science, we thought it was time to look at some of the more common alcoholic drinks Korea has to offer: beer, soju, and makgeolli. While sciencing the hell out of the local grocery stores, marts, and 7-Elebuns, we’ve consumed enough to consider ourselves wobbly experts on the subject and the beverages at hand. While some are better than others, we wanted to put our toes in the water on this subject, avoiding the depths of each rabbit hole and just skim the surface. Without further adieu: we would like to start by introducing everyone, uninitiated, to the wonderful and quirky world of Korean booze!

Be sure to check out our YouTube channel for more videos of life in Korea and our other adventures abroad.

2016-08-01T00:59:54+00:00 By |Culture, Korea, Only in Korea, Videos|5 Comments


  1. Megan Indoe March 17, 2016 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Love your guys new set up! You do look like you guys have your own studio meow! I can’t do the special twister effect with the soju either 🙁 The grapefruit flavor of soju is our favorite of the flavored ju’s, although we refuse to drink thanks to the sugary migrane you get a few hours later. We haven’t tried the peach water yet, but it sounds dangerous! But, I have to agree mak is my favorite Korean alcohol too 🙂

  2. Ali April 3, 2016 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    The “Red” soju is pomegranate. It’s pretty good– tastes like cherry kool-aid. They also have pineapple now.

    • Hedgers Abroad April 4, 2016 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Yeah! We recently tried these and they do taste pretty good. Not sure if it was just us though, but the flavored sojus seemed to give us the most wicked headaches! I think we will just be sticking to the plain stuff for now haha

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