Koreans love rice, and they undeniably love alcohol. So, it’s not surprising that they figured out how to combine the two!
Makgeolli is a Korean rice wine that has a milky texture and is typically white. As an unfiltered alcoholic beverage, makgeolli is made by fermenting boiled rice, wheat, and water. That’s why makgeolli was historically popular among farmers since it was cheap and easy to make, giving itself the nickname nongju, or “farmer liquor.” Just think of makgeolli as legal moonshine for Koreans.