Important names of beverages and drinks in Korean

Summer is here! 🌞 With the sun shining fiercely, it is more important than ever to stay hydrated! 💦 For your thirst for knowledge, here’s a new list covering refreshments in Korean language! 🤓 After all, we got food (vocabulary). 🍽 Now we need (to learn about) drinks! 🥛🧃🥤☕️🍵🥃🍸 [Btw, the lists you can find on this homepage cover Korean food vocabulary ranging from animal– to plant-based ingredients, even spices and food additives. If you haven’t learned the Korean alphabet yet, here is an introductory guide!]

Would you PLEASE notice how many different kinds of tea Korea has to offer? 🍵 Innumerable teas are created by steeping, boiling or simply mixing various ingredients with water. 🍊🍂🌼🌾 In fact, many teas are colloquially referred to as “water” (물 mul) in Korean! Those unsweetened teas are basically flavored water and help to quench the thirst just as well. And such teas are ever diversifying! For instance, you can cook dried radish or tangerine peels in water and call the result “tea”! Other kinds of tea, on the other hand, are more like dessert because they are very sweet and consist of fruit syrups or jam mixed with water!

Apart from that, coffee culture is quite big in South Korea! ☕️ There are countless caffeinated drinks! Accordingly, an entire section here is dedicated to words related to coffee! [Btw, coffee fairs are much larger than tea fairs!! And the cafe business is booming!]

Below vocabulary list provides the names of drinks in Korean language. 🗒🍵🇰🇷🇰🇵 What do you normally drink on a daily basis? Water? Juice? Tea? ❓ Also, is your favorite beverage mentioned in the list here? ❗️ If something needs to be included in this list, feel free to comment below or send me a message!

In this compilation of refreshments, words are sorted in categories featuring common soft drinks, other beverages typical for Korea, as well as teas, so-called Korean tea, coffee drinks and lastly alcohol. Additional vocabulary related to drinks is listed at the bottom.

Drinks are generally referred to as eumnyo 음료 or eumnyosu 음료수 in Korean. Even Bingsu (빙수), Korea’s famous shaved ice dessert, is considered to be a beverage! 🍧 Another curiosity about drinks in Korea is that most teas, coffee beverages and other drinks can be enjoyed hot as well as refreshingly cold! Order according to personal preference and season by adding either “a-iseu” (아이스) for ice cubes 🍵🧊 or “ttatteut-han” (따뜻한) for a hot drink 🍵♨️ to the name of your desired refreshment! Alcoholic beverages are collectively referred to as sul, but most names of liquors end on the syllable “ju” 주 which originates from the Sino-Korean character 酒 for “alcohol”. 🍶

Are you thirsty yet? Let’s dive in! 🍹💦

Bottled refreshments at a supermarket, Seoul 2021.

Names of beverages and alcoholic drinks in Korean

refreshments and alcohol 음료 및 주류 飮料 酒類 eumnyo mit juryu

💧 General refreshments and soft drinks 🍊🍋

  • beverages / drinks in general – 음료(수) 飮料(水) eumnyo(su)
  • soft drinks in general – 청량음료 淸凉飮料 cheongnyang eumnyo
  • 💧 water – 물 mul
    • 🚰 tap water – 수돗물 sudonmul
    • carbonated water, sparkling water – 탄산수 tansansu
    • 🧊 ice water – 얼음물 eoreum-mul
    • purified water – 정수 jeongsu
      • water purifier machine – 정수기 jeongsugi
    • drinking water, potable water – 식수 食水 siksu / 마실 물 masil mul
    • fresh drinking water / natural spring water – 생수 生水 saengsu / 샘물 saem mul
    • 🪨 mineral water – 광천수 鑛泉水 gwangcheonsu
    • 💊 water ascribed with healing properties – 약수 藥水 yaksu
  • 🍊 juice – 주스 juseu / 쥬스 jyuseu / 즙 汁 jeup
    • fresh fruit juice [usually more like a smoothie], freshly blended fruits – 생과일주스 saeng-gwa-il juseu
    • pure, cold-pressed juice 착즙(주스) 搾汁 chak-jeup (juseu)
    • fruit juice – 과즙 gwajeup
    • fruit concentrate – 농축과즙 nongchuk gwajeup
    • concentrated (fruit) extract – (과일) 농축액 (gwa-il) nongchugaek
    • juice of pressed arrowroot – 칡즙 chik-jeup
  • 🥤 smoothie – 스무디 seumudi
  • 🍋 lemonade, ade – 레모네이드 remone-ideu / 에이드 e-ideu
    • grapefruit ade – 자몽에이드 jamong e-ideu
    • green grape ade – 청포도에이드 cheongpodo e-ideu
  • 🥤 soda – 소다 soda
    • coke, cola – 콜라 kolla
    • Fanta (brand name) – 환타 hwanta
    • Korean Sprite-like soda – 사이다 sa-ida
  • ⚡ energy drink – 에너지 음료 eneoji eumnyo / 에너지 드링크 eneoji deuringkeu
    • Bacchus (brand name) – 박카스 bakkaseu
  • 🥤 shake – 쉐이크 swe-ikeu
    • milk shake – 밀크쉐이크 milkeu swe-ikeu
    • protein shake – 프로테인쉐이크 peurote-in swe-ikeu / 단백질쉐이크 danbaekjil swe-ikeu
  • 🥤 slushie, slush – 슬러쉬 seuleoswi

⚠️ For quick learning and easy remembering: Here’s a slideshow illustrating the vocabulary! 👇 More images will be added soon!

🥛 Other drinks 🧃🥤

  • 🥛 milk – 우유 牛乳 uyu
  • 🥜 soy milk – 두유 豆乳 duyu
  • 🌾 oat milk – 오트밀크 oteu milkeu / 귀리음료 gwiri eumnyo
  • 🌰 almond milk – 아몬드밀크 amondeu milkeu / 아몬드유 amondeu yu
  • 🍚 rice milk – 라이스밀크 raiseu milkeu / 쌀음료 ssal eumnyo
  • 🥥 coconut milk – 코코넛 밀크 kokoneot milkeu
  • 🥥 coconut water – 코코넛 워터 kokoneot woteo
  • 🍫 chocolate milk – 초코라떼 choko ratte / 쇼콜라 syokolla / 초콜릿우유 chokollit uyu
    • 🍫 hot chocolate – 핫초코 hat choko / 초코라떼 choko ratte / 쇼콜라 (쇼) syokolla (syo) / 초콜릿우유 chokollit uyu
  • 🍠 sweet potato latte – 고구마라떼 goguma ratte
  • 🎃 pumpkin latte – 호박라떼 hobak ratte
  • 🌿 mugwort latte – 쑥라떼 ssuk ratte
  • 🍓 strawberry latte – 딸기라떼 ttalgi ratte
  • Sujeonggwa, Korean cinnamon (tea) drink (aka persimmon punch) – 수정과 水正果 sujeong-gwa
  • 🍉 Hwachae, Korean fruit punch – 화채 花菜 hwachae
  • 🍚 Sikhye, Korean rice drink – 식혜 食醯 sikhye
  • 🍚 scorched rice water – 숭늉 sungnyung
  • 🌾 Misu, nutritious drink made from mixed grains – 미수 misu / 미숫가루 misutgaru
    • mixed grain powder – 미숫가루 misutgaru
  • 🌾 Seonsik, nutritious drink made from mixed grains, beans, oil seeds (sometimes dried fruits, vegetables and seaweed), traditionally consumed during Zen meditation in Buddhism – 선식 禪食 seonsik
  • 🍧 bingsu, shaved ice dessert – 빙수 bingsu

⚠️ For quick learning and easy remembering: Here’s a slideshow illustrating the vocabulary! 👇 More images will be added soon!

🍵 Tea 🍂🌼

  • 🍵 tea – 차 cha
  • tea ceremony – 다도 茶道 dado
  • 🍃 teas made from Camelia sinensis
    • tea plant (Camelia sinensis) – 차나무 cha namutea leaves – 찻잎 channip
    • 🍵 black tea, Chin. hóng chá 紅茶 – 홍차 hongchaearl grey tea – 얼그레이차 eolgeure-i cha
    • 🍵 green tea, Chin. lǜchá 綠茶 / 绿茶 – 녹차 nokcha
      • jasmine tea, Chin. mòlì huāchá 茉莉花茶 – 재스민차 jaeseumin cha / 자스민티 jaseumin ti
      • green tea with roasted rice, Jap. genmai cha 玄米茶 – 현미녹차 hyeonmi nokcha
      • green tea powder, Jap. matcha 抹茶 – 녹차가루 nokcha garu / 말차 malcha
      • green tea latte, matcha latte – 녹차라떼 nokcha ratte / 마차라떼 macha ratte / 그린티라떼 geurinti ratte / 말차라떼 malcha ratte
      • roasted green tea, Jap. hōjicha (焙じ茶 / ほうじ茶) – 호지차 hojicha
    • 🍵 white tea, Chin. bái chá 白茶 – 백차 baekcha
    • 🍵 yellow tea, Chin. huáng chá 黄茶 – 황차 hwangcha
    • 🍵 pu erh tea, Chin. pǔ’ěr chá 普洱 – 보이차 bo-icha
    • 🍵 oolong tea, Chin. wūlóng chá 烏龍茶 – 오롱차 orongcha
  • 🌿 herbal tea – 허브차 heobeu cha
    • mint tea – 민트차 minteu cha
    • chamomile tea – 캐모마일차 kaemoma-il cha
    • hibiscus tea – 히비스커스차 hibiseukeoseu cha
  • 🌼 flower tea – 꽃차 kkot cha
    • chrysanthemum tea – 국화차
    • rose flower tea – 장미꽃차 jangmikkot cha
  • 🍎 fruit tea – 과일차 gwa-il cha
  • 🍂 rooibos tea – 로이보스차 ro-iboseu cha
  • 🧉 mate tea – 마테차 mate cha
  • 🧊 ice tea – 아이스티 a-iseuti
  • 🥛 milk tea – 밀크티 milkeuti
  • 🥤 bubble tea – 버블티 beobeulti
  • kombucha – 콤부차 kombucha
  • chai tea, masala chai – 마살라차이 masalla cha-i / 차이라떼 cha-i ratte

⚠️ For quick learning and easy remembering: Here’s a slideshow illustrating the vocabulary! 👇 More images will be added soon!

🍵 Korean Tea 🇰🇷🇰🇵

  • 🇰🇷 Korean tea in general – 전통차 jeontong cha [literally “traditional tea”]
  • 🌾 roasted barley tea – 보리차 bori cha
  • 🌽 roasted corn tea – 옥수수차 oksusu cha
    • (corn) tea with corn silk – 옥수수수염차 oksusu suyeom cha
  • 🌾 buckwheat tea – 메밀차 memil cha
  • 🍚 black rice tea – 흑미차 heungmi cha
  • 🍚 tea made from scorched rice – 누룽지차 nurungji cha
  • 🌾 tea made from Job’s tears (Coix lacryma-jobi), adlay tea – 율무차 yulmu cha
  • 🍇 tea made from oriental raisins (Hovenia dulcis) – 헛개차 heotgae cha / 헛개수 heotgae su
  • 🥔 tea made from roots of Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum odoratum) – 둥굴레차 dunggulle cha
  • 🥔 tea made from roots of angelica (Angelica gigas or Angelica acutiloba) – 당귀차 dang-gwi cha
  • 🥔 topinambur tea, tea made from roots of Jerusalem artichoke – 돼지감자차 dwaeji gamja cha
  • 🌿 tea made from sicklepod (Senna tora) – 결명자차 決明子 gyeolmyeongja cha
  • 🌿 tea made from Chinese bushclover (Lespedeza cuneata) – 야관문차 yagwanmun cha
  • 🥕 tea made from burdock roots (Arctium lappa) – 우엉차 u-eong cha
  • 🥕 tea made from balloon flower roots (Platycodon grandiflorus) 도라지차 doraji cha
  • 🥕 tea made from dried radish – 무말랭이차 mumallaengi cha
  • 🥒 tea made from bitter melon (Momordica charantia) – 여주차 yeoju cha
  • 🥒 tea made from noni (Morinda citrifolia) – 노니차 noni cha
  • 🍊 tea made from tangerine peels – 귤껍질차 gyul-kkeopjil cha
  • 🥜 tea made from sword beans – 작두콩차 jakdukong cha
  • 🍫 tea made from cacao nibs – 카카오닙스차 kakaonipseu cha
  • 🍀 lotus leaf tea – 연잎차 yeonip cha
  • 🍅 persimmon leaf tea – 감잎차 gamnip cha
  • 🌲 pine needle tea – 솔잎차 sollip cha
  • 🥕 ginseng tea – 인삼차 insam cha
  • 🥕 ginger tea – 생강차 saeng-gang cha
  • 🍒 jujube tea – 대추차 daechu cha
  • 🍐 quince tea – 모과차 mogwa cha
  • 🍒 five-flavor berry tea – 오미자차 omija cha
  • 🍇 mulberry tea – 오디차 odi cha
  • 🍑 Maesil tea, sweet drink made from fruits of Prunus mume – 매실차 maesil cha
  • 🍊 Yuja tea, sweet drink made from fruits of Citrus junos – 유자차 yuja cha
  • 🍋 lemon tea – 레몬차 remon cha
  • cinnamon tea – 계피차 gyepi cha
  • ☕️ Ssanghwa tea, Korean medicinal tea – 쌍화차 雙和茶 ssanghwa cha / 쌍화탕 雙和湯 ssanghwa tang

⚠️ For quick learning and easy remembering: Here’s a slideshow illustrating the vocabulary! 👇 More images will be added soon!

☕️ Coffee ☕️☕️

  • coffee – 커피 keopi
    • coffee bean, seed of Coffea plant – 커피빈 keopibin / 원두 原豆 wondu
  • ☕️ coffee americano – 아메리카노 amerikano
    • 🧊 iced americano – 아이스 아메리카노 a-iseu amerikano
  • 🥛 cafe latte – (카페) 라떼 (kape) ratte (sometimes: 라테 rate)
    • vanilla latte – 바닐라 라떼 banilla ratte
    • caramel latte – 카라멜 라떼 karamel ratte
    • latte with condensed milk – 연유라떼 yeonyu ratte
    • soy latte – 두유라떼 duyu ratte
  • ☕️ cappuccino – 카푸치노 kapuchino
  • cafe macchiato – 마키아토 makiato / 마끼아또 makkiatto
  • cafe mocha – 카페모카 kape moka
  • filter coffee – 필터 커피 pilteo keopi / 핸드드립 커피 haendeu deurip keopi
  • cold brew coffee – 콜드 브류 koldeu beuryu / 콜드 브루 koldeu beuru / 더치커피 deochi keopi
  • espresso – 에스프레소 eseupeureso
    • shot (of espresso) – (에스프레소) 샷 (eseupeureso) syat [shat]
    • 🍨 affogato (espresso with ice cream) – 아포가토 apogato
  • ⚫ short black – 숏블랙 syot beulaek
  • ⚫ long black – 롱블랙 rong beulaek
  • ⚪ flat white – 플랫화이트 peullaet hwa-iteu
  • Einspänner, strong coffee with whipped cream – (카페) 아인슈패너 (kape) a-insyupaeneo (also 아인슈페너 a-insyupeneo) / 비엔나 커피 bi-enna keopi
  • 🥤 frappe – 프라페 peurape
  • 🥤 frappuccino – 프라푸치노 peurapuchino
  • instant coffee – 인스턴트 커피 inseuteonteu keopi
  • instant coffee with cream and/or sugar – 믹스커피 mikseu keopi
  • 💊 capsule coffee – 캡슐 커피 kaepsyul keopi
  • 🚫 caffeine free, decaffeinated – 디카페인 dikape-in

⚠️ For quick learning and easy remembering: Here’s a slideshow illustrating the vocabulary! 👇 More images will be added soon!

🍶 Alcohol 🍾🍹

  • alcohol, liquor in general – 술 sul
  • kinds of alcoholic beverage in general – 주류 酒類 juryu
  • 🇰🇷 Korean spirits – 전통주 傳統酒 jeontong ju [literally “traditional alcohol”]
    • 🍶 Soju, Korean distilled spirit – 소주 soju
      • fruit-flavored Soju – 과일소주 gwa-il soju
    • 🍶 milky rice wine – 탁주 濁酒 takju
      • Makgeolli, Korean rice wine – 막걸리 makgeolli
      • Dongdongju, Korean rice wine with rice grains – 동동주 dongdongju
    • 🍶 clear rice wine, Cheongju – 청주 淸酒 cheongju / 맑은술 malgeun sul / 약주 藥酒 yakju
      • beopju – 법주 法酒 beopju
      • 🍶 Cheongha (brand name) – 청하 cheongha
    • 🍓 Korean blackberry wine – 복분자주 覆盆子酒 bokbunja ju
    • 🍑 Maesil wine – 매실주 梅實酒 maesil ju
    • aromatized spirits (often based on Soju) – 담금주 damgeum ju
      • 🌿 yellow-colored herb liquor Baekseju (brand name) – 백세주 百歳酒 baekseju
      • 🍎 hawthorn liquor – 산사춘 sansachun
      • 🌸 liquor flavored with Jindallae blossoms (진달래; Korean rhododendron) – 두견주 杜鵑酒 dugyeonju
  • 🍺 beer – 맥주 麥酒 maekju
    • draft beer, draught beer – 생맥주 生麥酒 saeng maekju
    • lager (beer), bottom-fermenting beer – 라거 rageo / 하면발효맥주 下面醱酵麥酒 hamyeon-barhyo maekju
    • ale (beer), top-fermenting beer – 에일 e-il / 상면발효맥주 上面醱酵麥酒 sangmyeon-barhyo maekju
    • 🟤 dark beer, black beer, Ger.🇩🇪 Schwarzbier – 흑맥주 heung-maekju
    • 🟡 wheat beer, Ger.🇩🇪 Weizenbier, Hefeweizen, Weißbier – 밀맥주 mil-maekju / 백맥주 白麥酒 baeng-maekju
    • rye beer – 호밀맥주 homil-maekju
  • 🍷 wine – 포도주 podoju / 와인 wa-in
    • ❤️ red wine – 적포도주 jeok-podoju / 레드 와인 redeu wa-in
    • 🤍 white wine – 백포도주 baek-podoju / 화이트 와인 hwa-iteu wa-in
    • 💗 rose wine – 로제 와인 roje wa-in
    • ♨️ mulled wine, Fr.🇫🇷 vin chaud, Ger.🇩🇪 Glühwein – 뱅쇼 baengsyo
  • 🍾 sparkling wine – 스파클링 와인 seupakeulling wa-in
  • 🍾 champagne – 샴페인 syampe-in
  • 🍏 cider, cidre – 사과주 沙果酒 sagwaju
  • 🥃 Western liquors – 양주 yangju
    • whiskey – 위스키 wiseuki
    • rum – 럼 reom
    • vodka – 보드카 bodeuka
    • cognac – 코냑 konyak / 꼬냑 kkonyak
    • gin – 진 jin
    • tequila – 테킬라 tekilla
  • 🍹 cocktail – 칵테일 kakte-il
    • 💣 bomb shot, drop shot – 폭탄주 poktanju
    • 🍻 mix of Soju and beer – 소맥 somaek
  • liquor shot – 샷 syat
  • alcohol content, alcohol percentage – 알코올 도수 度數 alkool dosu / 알코올 농도 濃度 alkool nongdo
    • 4% alcohol – 4도 sado
    • 40% alcohol – 40도 sasipdo
  • 🚫 alcohol free – 무알코올 無alcohol mu-alko-ol (sometimes 무알콜 mu-alkol)
  • 🍟 food enjoyed while drinking – 안주 anju

⚠️ For quick learning and easy remembering: Here’s a slideshow illustrating the vocabulary! 👇 More images will be added soon!

🧊 Additions to drinks

  • 🧊 ice cubes – 얼음 eoreum
    • rock ice cubes – 돌얼음 dol eoreum
  • sweeteners
    • 🍬 syrup – 시럽 sireop
      • caramel syrup – 카라멜시럽 karamel sireop
      • hazelnut syrup – 헤이즐넛시럽 heijeulneot sireop
      • vanilla syrup – 바닐라시럽 banilla sireop
      • 🍫 chocolate syrup – 초코시럽 choko sireop / 초콜릿시럽 chokollit sireop
    • 🍬 sugar – 살탕 seoltang
    • 🍯 honey – 꿀 kkul
  • topping – 토핑 toping
    • 🍦 cream – 크림 keurim
      • fresh dairy cream – 생크림 saeng keurim
      • whipped cream – 휘핑크림 hwiping keurim
    • 🍫 cocoa powder – 코코아가루 kokoa garu
    • cinnamon powder – 계피가루 gyepi garu
    • 🍋 lemon slice – 레몬조각 remon jogak
  • 🧋 tapioca pearls – 타피오카펄 tapi-oka peol
  • 🥥 nata de coco, coconut gel – 나타드코코 nata deu koko

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✍️ Work is still in progress! This list will be expanded gradually! ✍️

📝 Any questions, comments, vocabulary suggestions and language feedback are welcome! 🤗

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