SuJeongGwa is a Korean traditional beverage made with mainly cinnamon sticks, ginger, and sugar. Koreans usually drink this beverage as a dessert. Koreans drink it a lot during the holidays. When you look at the ingredients, it has some healthy qualities. It tastes good both hot or cold, but I prefer it cold with ice cubes. Once you make it, you can keep it in the refrigerator quite a long time. If you invite some people over for a Korean meal, this can be a good beverage for your meal.
Yield: 9 Cups
Short Korean Lesson
- GyePi (계피) = Cinnamon
- SaengGang (생강) = Ginger
- 10 Cups Water
- About 12 Cinnamon Sticks (1¾ oz.)
- About ⅓ Cup Ginger (1¾ oz.)
- ½ Cup Sugar
- ½ Cup Dark Brown Sugar
- Some Dried Persimmons
- Some Pine Nuts (to Garnish)
Wash about 12 cinnamon sticks.
Slice about ⅓ cup of ginger.
In a pan, add 5 cups of water and the cinnamon sticks. Boil the cinnamon sticks and ginger separately on medium-high. If you do not want a strong cinnamon or ginger flavor, you can cut the amount, but just make sure it is a 1:1 ratio. The reason I boil the ginger and cinnamon sticks separately is to help keep the flavors from combining in the final product.
In another pan, add 5 cups of water and the ginger. Once they start to boil, reduce the temperature to medium-low, and boil for about 30 minutes. Keep them covered.
Drain the cinnamon sticks and ginger and get rid of the small pieces to make the tea clear. If you have a coffee filter, use it.
Add ½ cup of sugar and ½ cup of dark brown sugar to the tea. Boil for 5 more minutes, so the sugar dissolves.
Substitute white sugar for the brown sugar if you want a different color. I used both white sugar and brown sugar, to get a darker color, better taste, and to make it little healthier. It’s your choice.
Remove the stems of the dried persimmons. If you don’t have them, you can skip them.
Remove the tops of the pine nuts.
You can drink it hot or cold. If you want it cold, keep it in the refrigerator before serving. Put 1 dried persimmon in SuJeongGwa for at least one hour before you drink it. That is so the persimmon will become soft. Drop some pine nuts on top when you serve it. If you want a cold drink, you can add some ice cubes also. Enjoy this Korean dessert drink.