Korean watermelon punch (hwachae) is a refreshing Korean fruit punch and a popular dessert drink during the summer season. You can use watermelon alone or mix with other summer fruits. It is quick to make with just 4 ingredients.

Korean watermelon punch is made with carbonated milky punch and fresh watermelon balls

Korean watermelon punch, known as hwachae or subak hwachae (์ˆ˜๋ฐ•ํ™”์ฑ„), is a refreshing summer drink popular in Korea. It is typically made by combining chunks of juicy watermelon with water, ice, and often a touch of honey or sugar for sweetness.

The hwachae recipe includes sweet condensed milk and soda for a creamy or fizzy texture. Often served with additional fruit like melon or berries, it’s a cool, hydrating treat perfect for hot days.

If you enjoy slightly creamy yet fruity drinks, try Korean strawberry milk or banana milk. You might appreciate the fresh taste of fruits in milk.

What you’ll need

Only 5 ingredients are needed. Simple, right?

  • Seedless watermelon: either balled or cubed
  • Milk
  • Lemon-lime soda: Make sure it is well chilled
  • Sweet condensed milk, honey, or sugar
  • Ice cubes: optional. It will keep the punch cold

How to make Korean watermelon Punch

Adding lemon-lime soda to milk honey mixture for making Korean watermelon punch.

Combine the liquids: Mix milk, sweet condensed milk, sugar (or honey) until well combined. Add soda; It will fizz!

Refreshing Korean watermelon punch made with carbonated milk drink and fresh watermelon

Add watermelon: Add watermelon, and stir well. Drop a few ice cubes to keep the punch cold. But keep in mind that ice will dilute the punch as it melts. (Although some people don’t mind, and even prefer it that way.)

Korean watermelon punch is typically served in a cold glass bowl

Additional Fruits (Optional)

Blueberries, peaches, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and pineapples make great additions to this Korean-style fruit punch, hwachae. Some people like to add canned fruits such as fruit cocktail, lychee, or rambutan for extra flair, but I personally find that fresh fruits make it more refreshing.

Serving and Storage Tips

Unlike Western punch, you typically serve this Korean fruit punch in a glass bowl with a spoon, often as a dessert after meals.

I recommend serving Korean hwachae immediately after making it to enjoy the carbonation. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Watermelon balls are floating in a milky punch garnished with blueberries in a white bowl.

Korean Watermelon Punch (Subak Hwachae)

Korean watermelon punch is a typical Korean fruit punch to enjoy in the summer. You can use watermelon alone or mix with other summer fruits. It is quick to make with just 4 ingredients.
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 seedless watermelon, balled or cubed
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cup lemon-lime flavored soda, chilled
  • 2-4 tbsp sweet condensed milk, honey or sugar
  • blueberries to garnish, optional

Equipment

Instructions 

  • Place watermelon pieces (and its juice) in a large serving bowl.
  • Mix milk and condensed milk in another bowl and add soda; stir. Pour the punch mixture over watermelon. Garnish with blueberries if using.
  • To serve, ladle watermelon punch into a small individual serving bowl. Serve immediately or chill up to 2 hours.
  • Leftover punch can be stored in the refrigerator up to 24 hours.

Notes

You can add other fruits like honeydew melon or cantaloupe, pineapple along with watermelon in the punch.
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