Recipe: How To Make Hwachae

what is hwachae the korean cold drink

Making hwachae at home is simple and can be customized based on your taste preferences. I put together one that doesn’t add any sugar. Most recipes I’ve online seen call for 7-up and/or Nesquik strawberry milk. Here’s how I adapted the hwachae recipe to make it healthier and loaded with fruit.

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  • 1 cup unsweetened strawberry milk or regular milk
  • 1 cup sparkling water
  • 2 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 1 cup strawberries sliced
  • 1 banana, sliced 
  • ½ cup of blueberries
  • ½  cup dragon fruit or melon, cubed
  • 1 package of coconut jelly 
  • Ice cubes, handful or as desired
  • Mint leaves for garnish (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, combine the unsweetened strawberry milk and sparkling water.
  2. Now, add the fruit to the bowl. Stir gently to mix.
  3. Enjoy chilled over ice, and garnished with mint leaves for a refreshing touch.

So, whether you’re trying to beat the heat or wanting enjoy a delicious and hydrating treat, hwachae is a healthy, hydrating choice. And the next time you find yourself waking up at 3 a.m., feeling extremely dehydrated, try making a batch of hwachae. It might just become your new go-to nighttime snack — or next TikTok video.