Hong Cho (홍초): Korea’s Popular Health and Beauty Drink

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How many barrels of Hong Cho should I drink to be as pretty and sexy as Jeon Ji Hyun? LOL.

2015-08-19-21-29-57_decoDo you guys know Hong Cho? No, it’s not a name of a celebrity. It is basically a Korean red vinegar drink mixed with fruit concentrate. Vinegar drinks are gaining popularity nowadays as people become more aware of its benefits. I’ve been drinking Hong Cho for quite a while now because I love sour drinks. I usually make lemonade at home but sometimes, it’s so tiring to squeeze lemons and clean the utensils afterwards. Hong Cho is the best alternative when I crave for some sour drinks.

Hong Cho boosts the body’s metabolism, making it effective for detox and fatigue relief. I like it because it makes me feel awake and energetic the whole day. It’s a perfect drink in times when I am not in the mood for coffee.

My two favorite brands of Korean vinegar drinks are Cheongjeongwon’s Hong Cho and Sempio’s Black Vinegar series. For all vinegar drinks, the base vinegar is always fermented. For black vinegar drinks, rich vinegar made from unpolished rice is the most common base.

LINEcamera_share_2015-08-27-00-34-32Hong Cho is available in many flavors but my favorites are pomegranate (석류) and Korean black raspberry (복분자). Pomegranate is known for its health and skin care benefits. It helps to hydrate dry skin, combats inflammation from acne breakouts, protects our bodies against the sun and harsh environment and stimulates collagen production. Korean black raspberry is also highly valuable in terms of its high quality and as a medicinal ingredient. It has four times the amount of  anthocyanins compared to grapes. Anthocyanins bring tremendous health benefits. It keeps the body light and improves energy level. It is rich in nutrients like iron and phosphorous that help make skin beautiful and healthy. It is effective for men with impotence problems and is beneficial for women with infertility problems.

A lot of Koreans (young and old) love this drink. Pomegranate-flavored Hong Cho is the most popular one especially among women. Once I finish this bottle, I’m going to give orange flavor a try. It’s the newest flavor in the market right now and I heard it tastes great. 🙂

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Though the optimal vinegar to water ratio as 1:3, it’s actually up to your own preference. You can adjust the amount of water if you want a more or less concentrated drink. It is recommended to drink a glass of vinegar drink three times a day – in the morning when you wake up, in the afternoon, and before going to bed. Hope you guys try this drink. It’s so refreshing, tasty and healthy! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Hong Cho (홍초): Korea’s Popular Health and Beauty Drink

  1. Hi Lanie, I have been drinking this fruit vinegar for a while now and I do like them. However, they are quite expensive here if they are not on sale. I alternate them with fruit vinegar from Taiwan too. They are also quite good.

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    • Hello Miss Rosita! It’s good to know that you like hong cho too. I wonder if there are Korean stores in your place. What specific brand of vinegar drink do you like and which flavor is your favorite?


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