When you're about to drink Sujeonggwa, the sweet smell from the cinnamon touches your nose. If it's your first time, you might think 'Hmm. It's a cold and sweet drink with cinnamon taste.' If you take a sip, you will probably either frown a bit or smile with a little surprise. I don't think there's a third reaction to this drink.
It's because there is a surprising taste in Sujeonggwa. It's the spicy taste coming from ginger and a bit from cinnamon. At first, you smell and taste the sweetness, but in the end, there is a spiciness gently kicking your mouth and throat.
Sujeonggwa is one of the most traditional drinks in the Korean holidays. In Korean holidays, people buy good ingredients, put in lots of effort, cook many different kinds of amazing food, and share them. Sujeonggwa shines when it cleanses your mouth and helps your digest after eating that food. Because Korean people normally drink Sujeonggwa when eating traditional holiday food, many think it's challenging to make. However, it's effortless. It's easy to find the ingredients, and it's cheap, too.
There are times when I wish there is Sujeonggwa in the fridge: In winter, when the air is stuffy with too much heater, after you take a shower with hot water and you throw yourself down on a sofa, when you need to cleanse your mouth after eating a load of greasy food, etc. It's worth a try to put your little effort and cost. It can make you feel content when you realize that there is Sujeonggwa in the fridge.
1. Steep ginger and cinnamon
2. Blend and boil