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Makgeolli Ice Cream - No Ice Cream Machine Needed

How to make Makgeolli (Korean Rice Wine) Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Machine. Creamy, slightly sweet with a perfectly velvety texture.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Koreanfusion
Keyword cooling, icy, popsicle
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 229 kcal
Author JinJoo Lee


  • 230 ml makgeolli
  • 100 g sugar
  • 150 ml whole milk
  • 200 ml heavy whipping cream or whipping cream
  • 1 Tbs corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt (Trader Joe's) Trader Joe’s
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1-2 Tbs walnuts or macadamia nuts, chopped (use as topping or in ice cream)


  1. Make Makgeolli syrup by mixing 100 ml makgeolli + 100 g sugar in a small pot.
  2. Bring to boil and then simmer on low heat until reduced by one half.
  3. Mix corn starch and 50 ml milk. Set aside.
  4. In another small pot, add 130 ml of makgeolli. Bring to boil, simmer on low heat until reduced by one half. Transfer to a bowl and it cool. Should make about 65 ml.
  5. Once syrup and reduced makgeolli are cooled, in a pot, add 100 ml milk, makgeolli syrup (50 ml) from 1, reduced makgeolli from 3 (65ml).
  6. Use a whisk to stir gently and mix everything together. Bring to boil. Reduce to simmer.
  7. While simmering, stir cornstarch + milk mixture once again, then add the cornstarch + milk mixture to pot. Continue to whisk until things thicken. Turn off heat. When finished, consistency should be runny. If it seems to be too thick for some reason, add a little extra makgeolli and simmer another 30 seconds or so.
  8. Add salt to 5, mix and let it cool.
  9. When the ice cream base has cooled, whip the heaving cream until you get a soft peak.
  10. Add ice cream base and lemon juice to whipped cream. Carefully mix everything together by folding everything until well mixed. Optionally add chopped nuts in this step to make a nutty ice cream.

  11. Transfer ice cream mix to a container (something that has straight edges on the side, not a curved bowl) that is at least 5 x 5 inches or wider. 

  12. Cover and freeze.
  13. After 5-6 hours, check to see if it has started to harden on top and then use a fork to scrape the top and fluff things up. Repeat 2-3 times. This way, ice cream feels more like a sorbet than a heavy ice cream.

Recipe Notes

Use regular whipping cream instead of heavy whipping cream for a lighter but still great tasting (actually our family likes this better) ice cream.

Serve with some chopped nuts and sweet toppings like chocolate syrup or reduce makgeolli syrup. I also tried some fresh mint leaves with it and it was a fabulous addition!

Nutrition Facts
Makgeolli Ice Cream - No Ice Cream Machine Needed
Amount Per Serving
Calories 229 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 97mg4%
Potassium 68mg2%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 530IU11%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.