The Complexity of Traditional Korean Alcohol Baekseju

Bekseju, a traditional Korean rice , has been around for centuries and is stil enjoyed by many today. The origins of this can be traced back to the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) when it was first brewed by Buddhist monks. Over time, the recipe for bekseju has evolved and now consists of fermented grains, fruits, and medicinal herbs.

The result is a clear yellowish-brown alcoholic beverage with an ABV of around 15%. Bekseju has a distinct flavor that is all its own; it's sweet yet earthy and slightly spicy. It also has a unique aroma that some say smells like cheese!

This drink can be enjoyed on its own or mixed with to create a potent cocktail known as “baesang.” This combination gives the drinkers a smooth and mellow experience with hints of sweetness and spice. For those looking for something stronger, there are variations of baekseju that have higher content, such as cheongju which has an ABV of 20%.

Due to its potency, baekseju tends to be on the pricier side compared to other Korean liquors. However, if you can afford it, this beverage will give you an unforgettable experience that you won't soon forget!

Baekseju is also often served during special occasions such as weddings or ancestral memorial services in Korea. Its long history makes it one of the most beloved drinks in the country and is sure to bring good luck to those who partake in it! So if you ever find yourself in Korea or have access to this unique beverage, don't hesitate to give it a try – you won't regret it!

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Drinking Baekseju: A Guide

Baekseju is best enjoyed when cut with soju. To make the perfect baekseju, begin by pouring one part baekseju and two parts soju into a shot glass. If desired, you can add a little bit of ice to chill the drink. Once ready, raise your glass and make a toast before taking your first sip. Baekseju is quite strong, so it's best to savor it slowly and enjoy the complex flavors that come with each sip.

What Is the Taste of Bekseju?

Baekseju has a mellow and lightly sweet flavor, with a hint of ginseng. It is smooth and easy to drink, with subtle notes of herbs and spices. It pairs well with spicy dishes, as it helps to balance out the flavors. The aftertaste is slightly dry, but overall it is an enjoyable beverage to enjoy.

Popular Alcoholic Drinks in Korea

Soju is the most famous alcoholic beverage in Korea. It is a clear liquor distilled from various starches, including wheat, glutinous rice, barley, or sweet potato. Soju has been strongly associated with Korean drinking culture and is often consumed with meals and during social gatherings. It is similar to and the beverage shochu in terms of its distillation process and taste. Different brands of soju vary in strength; some brands are as low as 17% alcohol by volume while others are as high as 45% ABV. Soju is an integral part of Korean culture and remains a popular choice among drinkers today.


Baekseju is a traditional Korean liquor that has been enjoyed for centuries. It is made with a variety of ingredients such as ginseng, cheonggukjang, and honey, resulting in a unique flavor profile that combines sweetness with an earthy spiciness. Baekseju can be enjoyed on its own or cut with soju for a delicious and potent drink that is popular among the Korean drinking crowd. It is more expensive than most alcohols found in convenience stores due to its higher alcohol content. The flavors of baekseju also pair well with other alcoholic beverages such as shochu and makkoli, making it a versatile spirit that can be enjoyed in many diffeent ways.

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