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Korean Watermelon Punch

Korean watermelon punch is a popular summer dessert and drink. It’s light, refreshing and will quench your thirst for sure!

How to Make Korean Watermelon Punch. It's light, refreshing and will quench your thirst! | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Korean watermelon punch (Subak Hwachae, 수박화채) is a traditional Korean dessert and drink that is particularly popular during the summer months.

Traditionally, the base drink of Korean punch is made with honey or sugar dissolved in water. In modern days, however, a soft drink (e.g.  Sprite or 7 up), fruit juice or milk is more commonly used.  

Growing up as a child, I’m more used to the soft drink version of punch. The most commonly used soft drink is called Chilsung Cider (칠성 사이다). This is equivalent to Sprite or 7 up in Korea.

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However, recently white or flavoured milk gained a huge following as a base drink because it was featured in a popular cooking TV shows (House cook master Baek) in Korea.

Though I much prefer the simple, light and refreshing sprite version. I find that milk based punch is a bit heavy for my liking.

Nonetheless,  I will be showcasing three of the most popular ways to make Korean watermelon punch, so that you don’t miss out! 😉

The best part of making these punches is that none of these methods take more than 5 minutes to put together, so I hope you try some of these in your upcoming summer party! They would be particularly suitable as a grill party drink or dessert to cool you down and keep you refreshed!

P.S. If you like this recipe, you might also like to try these Korean drinks! – Sparkling Strawberry Punch and Honey Citron Sparkling Iced Tea

 Korean Watermelon Punch Fruit Ingredients

Ingredients for 2 servings

Fruit

  • 420g/ 15 ounces watermelon, balled or small cubed
  • (optional) 95g/3.4 ounces melon, balled or small cubed
  • (optional) 40g/1.4 ounces pineapple, cubed
  • (optional) 40g/1.4 ounces lemon, thinly sliced
  • (optional) 20g/0.7 ounces blueberries
  • (optional) fresh mint leaves for decoration

* While it’s optional, I recommend you add the optional fruit as it makes the punch flavour more complex and tastier. Of course, you can add other fruit as well.

** Weight of the fruit is net weight (i.e. after removing the skin).

Drink base (Combine your drink choice in a mixing bowl prior to pouring in)

  • Option 1 (my favourite) – 2 cups Sprite + 3 Tbsp watermelon juice + ice cubes for extra chilling
  • Option 2 (my second choice) – 2 cups Strawberry flavour milk + 3 Tbsp watermelon juice + ice cubes for extra chilling
  • Option 3 (my third choice) – 1/2 cup Milk + 1 and 1/2 cup Sprite + 3 Tbsp watermelon juice + ice cubes for extra chilling

* 1 Tbsp = 15 ml, 1 Cup = 250 ml

** Ideally, all of your ingredients should be already chilled.

***Watermelon juice comes from blending (in a blender) any leftover watermelon after making watermelon balls.

How to make watermelon balls

How to Make Korean Watermelon Punch

  1. Place the watermelon and fruit of your choice into a medium sized punch bowl. Add your choice of drink base. Garnish with some fresh mint leaves and serve.

Fruit in the punch bowl

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How to Make Korean Watermelon Punch. It's light, refreshing and will quench your thirst! | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Korean Watermelon Punch

Korean watermelon punch is a popular summer dessert and drink. It’s light, refreshing and will quench your thirst for sure!
4.8 from 5 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: punch, summer, watermelon
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Sue | My Korean Kitchen

Ingredients

FRUIT

  • 420 g watermelon (15 ounces), balled or small cubed
  • 95 g melon (3.4 ounces), balled or small cubed, optional
  • 40 g pineapple (1.4 ounces), cubed, optional
  • 40 g lemon (1.4 ounces), thinly sliced, optional
  • 20 g blueberries (0.7 ounces), optional
  • fresh mint for decoration, optional

Drink Base - Option 1 (my favourite)

  • 2 cups sprite
  • 3 Tbsp watermelon juice
  • ice cubes for extra chilling, optional

Drink Base - Option 2 (my second choice)

  • 2 cups strawberry flavour milk
  • 3 Tbsp watermelon juice
  • ice cubes for extra chilling, optional

Drink Base - Option 3 (my third choice)

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sprite
  • 3 Tbsp watermelon juice
  • ice cubes for extra chilling, optional

Instructions

  • Place the watermelon and fruit of your choice into a medium sized punch bowl. Add your choice of drink base. Garnish with some fresh mint leaves and serve.

Notes

  1. Weight of the fruit is net weight (i.e. after removing the skin).
  2. 1 Tbsp = 15 ml, 1 Cup = 250 ml

Nutrition

Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 390mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 2930IU | Vitamin C: 46.6mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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Written by: Sue

Last Updated: May 13, 2019

Hi, I'm Sue and I am the creator of My Korean Kitchen. Thank you for joining me in this delicious culinary journey!

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16 thoughts on “Korean Watermelon Punch”

  1. I love juice, it makes me feel like eating fresh fruits, also no sugar added juice brands which are healthier! I just had one amazing natural juice brand which is chivitajuice which offer variety of healthy fruit juices in Nigeria.

  2. Hello! I am looking for a kiwi ade recipe. I had this drink in Seoul and want to make it for a graduation party. Do you have any thing like that?

  3. I made this punch for some Korean students studying here in the U.S. They really enjoyed it and they help students from other countries mix their own punch. Everyone enjoyed the punch. Your recipe came at the right time! Thank you!

  4. I absolutely loved your recipe. I never thought of serving it as a dessert and drink at the same time. I learned how to make Agua Fresca 30 years ago from a Mexican friend. She always waited for the most ripe watermelons of the season. They were so sweet you didn’t need sugar. She added sugar when she added sparkling water…..that was my favorite. Anyway thanks for sharing and if you ever get to Mexico, Agua fresca and fresh fruit are sold by street vendors all over the place.

    • Thanks, Milagros! I’d love to visit Mexico one day. Agua Fresca sounds very similar to Korean style punch as well. I look forward to drinking it there one day. 🙂

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