Cinnamon Cha

수정과, SuJeongGwa

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

Video Instructions

Main Ingredients

  • 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. 😉


  1. Sophia L says

    Hi Aeri, I liked this tea a lot! I could feel my body warmed up after I drank this tea. I will try date & ginger cha when I get dried dates. I know that there are various kinds of healthy drinks in Korea. It would be great if you could share more of those recipes. Again, thank you so much for great recipes and video instructions! You are AWESOME!

    • says

      hi Sophia L,
      It seems like you are interested in healthy eating..that’s great. Yes. I will think of more healthy tea recipes for you. Thanks :)

  2. Joon Lee says

    Oh my gosh I have wanted to know how to make this for the longest time! Thanks for making such a clear recipe and instructions on how to make this!

  3. Claudia says

    It tastes good to me. 😛

    This is delicious warming tea with great flavour.

    I have just starting my adventure with Korean cuisine and I hope it will take as long as possible.

    Thank you for recipe.
    Greetings from Poland!

  4. Jules says

    Thank you for this recipe. Had a can of SuJeongGwa for lunch one day and I was intrigued, it was a mellow sweet drink with cinnamon scent. I tried the recipe and this version has a slight bitterness missing in the canned drink. Not a bad thing, it just takes a bit of getting used to. It definitely taste better the next day and I enjoy it better cold because the sweetness comes through more strongly.

    I gave a cup to a Srilankan colleague who eats cinnamon stick for snack sometimes and he mentioned that the slightly bitter aftertaste came from the cinnamon, I assumed the canned variety used cinnamon flavoring to eliminate the bitterness. He also recommended leaving the cinnamon stick to steep overnight for a stronger cinnamon flavor (did I mention he eat cinnamon sticks for snacks?), I might try that next.

    I couldn’t get my hands on dried persimmons or pine nuts in the weekend. So, definitely will be making this drink again. Thank you!

  5. lucia says

    Hi Aeri,
    You make me fallingin love with korean food. Just last week I had korean meal, and the restaurant offer “korean peah punch” and I’m loving it. I just wondering if it is possible for you to post the recipe, because I haven’t been able to find the recipe in the internet and youtube.
    thanks for posting these yummy recipe

  6. Lauren says

    I am an aodpted Korean, and for years tried to figure out how to make korean dishes. I happened to run across your youtube videos. Thank You! you have helped me taste and remember food that I had when I was younger. I still have a list of your recipes that I need to try, and can’t wait. Your website is the only site I go to for Korean recipes.

    • says

      hi Ashleigh,
      yes.. they give it extra flavor..but it is okay if you skip try them without pine nuts and persimmons.. it will still taste good.

  7. Cristina Pascual says

    I just finished making this and boy does it taste good! I’m glad I have a new drink healthy drink to enjoy. The kitchen smelled so good while I was making it. Even my sister got intrigued. I’m bringing some to work tomorrow. I can’t wait for my friends to taste this. Thanks very much! (I made some adjustments though, used 1 cup of ginger because the 1/3 cup was a lacking. I think it’s bcoz of the type of ginger I used). I wish I could get a hold of persimmon so I’d know how the tea would taste with it.

    • says

      hi Cristina Pascual,
      ^^ thanks…. I’m happy for you.
      If you have a korean grocery store.. try to find it in frozen section.. the persimmon gives good flavor and texture to the tea.. thanks

  8. touchthesky18 says

    this looks delicious. Out of curiousity, do you happen to have the recipe for sikhye? i’ve had that at a couple of times in restraurants and i’m interested in learning how to make it. Thanks!

  9. LADY KIM says

    I tried this & my mother-in-law complimented me because i was able to get the right taste. AT PAK- the beverage you are asking to Ms. Aeri is called 식혜 sik hyae. i don’t know how to cook it though but the aunt of my husband cooks it very well.

  10. Pak says

    do you know another kind of drink?
    i went to a korean restaurant and they gave me a particular drink. It was cold. It was grayish/brownish. It had rice on the bottom. It was really sweet and tasty. Do you know how to make it and what is it called?

  11. Cy says

    Dear Aeri,

    i am so sorry for sending this sooo late after u posted up this one..
    ( i tried this, not bad.. but it is not what i was looking for.)

    i just wonder if u know the one beverage which uses ginseng and it is really sweet and clear yellowish colour? and there was some reddish orangey small seed in it. ( i think it is a kind of herb ?)

    and i heard it is designed for older generations..

    i just wonder if u happen to know about it, cause i was searching for it like mad since i tasted it in a korean restaurant in Malaysia. ( yes, i am a malaysian =] )

    i am so sorry for the unconvinience caused.
    and thanks.. =]=]


    • says

      Hi, Cy
      Oh~~ don’t feel sorry.. I’m very appreciate on your message. I don’t like this drink as I mentioned…haha.. not the recipe..I just don’t like the taste for this. sorry..but be honest, I can’t guess what you exactly are talking about… there are several traditional drinks in Korea… I really want to know what you meant..
      Oh.. you are a Malaysian.. I met another Malaysian today..hehe :)

  12. Maye says

    Hi Aeri, I love your recipes and presentations, I had tried some of ur recipes and it’s fair to say they’re very tasty in terms of seasoning and such.

    And oh for this drink can I use cinnamon in powdered form instead?

    Love, ;p

    • says

      Hi, Maye
      I researched some to answer your question. Some people tried powder instead of stick.. the person said… it’s not that bad to use.. just It will have less strong flavor (thick.. heavy ?? sorry for my poor english..) than using stick.. so I guess you can use it.. just adjust the amount of the powder… thanks =P

  13. layping says

    oh,i tried this before. the aroma of the spices can be to strong for some. my husband likes it too. it’s very refreshing after having it at the end of the meal.

    • says

      Hi, layping
      Yes, it’s strong to me also. haha.. your husband likes it.. Yep, you are right, it refresh your mouth after having meal. 😉 Thanks !!!

  14. John says

    I enjoyed this beverage before while in Korea and have bought it here at one of the local Asian mini-malls. It comes in a small yellow can and is called “Paldo SooJeongGwa”. Now I can make massive quantities and won’t have to limit myself. d(-_^)

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    • says

      Hi, John ^^
      Nice to meet you !!
      wow, you were in Korea before? great !!
      haha.. “paldo soojeongwa” I’m familiar with the brand name. Yep, homemade one will be even better than one from store. Try it someday. Thank you !!!

  15. says

    Opsss unni i tried before… although its healthy.. but honestly, i don’t really enjoy it….. but sometimes its fun to drink and sometimes its bitter for me.. T____T sorry! And i just know need a lot of work to prepare ! THANKS UNNI!!

    • says

      Hi, ChuiYew
      Why sorry ?? hehe.. you know what ?? I don’t like drinking it either. Since I know there are people who like and love it, I posted it… Your comment was cute !! Aha, my husband likes it. hehe

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