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Sujeonggwa, a traditional Korean drink, also referred to as Korean cinnamon punch, is highly popular for its refreshing taste and health benefits. It is prepared with cinnamon, ginger, and brown sugar which offer their unique properties to make it taste delicious.
Sujeonggwa is actually a versatile drink because it can be enjoyed as a cold punch and a hot tea, it works both ways guys! Adding garnishing ingredients such as pine nuts or jujubes gives it a nutty flavor with a chewy texture, which feels amazing.
Summer is here, and you might be in search of a perfect refreshing drink, right? Well, Sujeonggwa can revive your summer days like anything! However, it can also be served as a hot tea, which can be really comforting in the winter. Let’s not wait any further and jump straight into the recipe!
How To Make Sujeonggwa (Korean Cinnamon Tea)
Sujeonggwa (Korean cinnamon tea) Recipe
- Large Saucepan
- 70 g Cinnamon Sticks About 2.5 ounces -Rinsed Properly
- 100 g Ginger About 3.5 ounces – Peeled & Thinly Chopped
- 2 & ½ Cup Brown Sugar Raw Sugar Or Honey – Optional
- 22 Cups Of Water
- Dried Persimmon Optional
- Pine Nuts Optional
- Dried Jujube Optional
- Take a large saucepan and add 11 cups of water & ginger into it. Close the lid and let it boil on medium heat for 30 – 40 minutes.
- At the same time, take another large saucepan, and add 11 cups of water & cinnamon sticks into it. Now, close the lid to let it boil for 30 – 40 minutes.
- After 30 – 40 minutes, you need to take another large saucepan. This should be large enough to contain combined boiled water from the other two saucepans.
- Next, drain the cinnamon & ginger using a sieve and add both the boiled to the third saucepan. Add brown sugar and allow it to boil for 10 – 20 minutes on medium to high heat. The sugar should completely dissolve in the water.
- Let it cool down for some time before serving. Or you can cool it down by placing it in your refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes.
- When you feel it’s cool enough, you can garnish it with jujubes, pine nuts, or dried persimmon. Serve it and enjoy this unique yet delicious drink.
- It is guessed to boil ginger and cinnamon sticks in different saucepans so that their flavor comes out individually to slice up the drink. If they are boiled together, their flavors might get muddled or diluted which leads to low aromatic flavor and a failure of their medicinal properties.
- You can adjust the quantity of brown sugar in accordance with your taste.
- You can use white sugar in case brown sugar is not available.
- For a more refreshing & cold punch experience, try adding a few ice cubes to the Korean cinnamon punch.
- If you use dried persimmon for garnishing your dessert drink, then it is suggested to soak it in the drink for 40 – 60 minutes beforehand to make it soft and infuse its flavor into the drink.
- To store Sujeonggwa, let the drink cool down and then, pour it into an airtight container. You can keep your drink in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.
Health Benefits of Korean Cinnamon Tea
1. Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-Microbial
Cinnamon as the main ingredient in sujeonggwa has a lot of health benefits to offer. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, and it is believed that it helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
2. Solves Digestive Problems
Another key ingredient in sujeonggwa is ginger, which has anti-inflammatory as well as anti-nausea properties, which is a highly popular home remedy for upset stomachs or digestive issues.
3. Prevents Hypertension & Improves Cholesterol Levels
Pine nuts, used for garnishing in Sujeonggwa, are full of unsaturated fats (good fats), which help to prevent hypertension and improve cholesterol levels.
4. Boosts Immunity
Dried persimmon in Sujeonggwa is full of vitamin C and iron, which helps to boost immunity against anemia and colds.
Sujeonggwa is just the right drink you are looking for as it is not too spicy and strong. It has a wonderful flavor & aroma of ginger and cinnamon. I understand that sweetness is fairly subjective, and that’s why you are most welcome to add sugar according to your preference. In the end, let me know about your experience with this aromatic tea in the comment section below!
What does Sujeonggwa taste like?
It contains a sweet & spicy flavor which is just perfect for any occasion.
Is Sujeonggwa good for you?
Sujwonggwa is fully loaded with amazing health benefits. It helps to prevent colds and is a great digestive aid! It is packed with antioxidants and possesses anti-microbial & anti-inflammatory properties.
What Is Sujeonggwa Called In English?
Sujeonggwa is known as Korean Cinnamon Punch in English.