Make the best Korean yogurt drinks at home. Read on to find the yummiest recipes!
Korea and its people have always been known for the amount of time and energy they spend on keeping their bodies healthy and fit.
Traditional Korean diets from history were centered around food preparation methods such as Fermenting, Pickling, Boiling, Blanching, etc.
While not unheard of, Baking and Frying were seldom used to prepare their primary diet that consisted of a high amount of Vegetables, a moderate intake of Legumes and Fish, and a very low intake of Red Meat.
This health awareness has lead to the creation of various additions to your diet, which keep with the theme of staying fit and keeping your body healthy at all stages of life.
About Korean Yogurt Drink – Yakult
Yogurt is known to have probiotics and enhances the functioning and health of the bacteria in our guts that aid the digestion process.
In 1935, a man named Minoru Shirota helped found a company that began to sell a sweetened probiotic milk beverage that had been fermented with the bacteria strain Lactobacillus casei Shirota.
It is known to have as much as 6.5 billion lactic acid bacteria per bottle. In short, it is also known as a probiotic yogurt shot.
Today, 86 years after it was founded, Yakult is a household name that distributes its products worldwide and is one of the most recognized brands across the planet.
Naturally, this was a great supplement for any Korean diet, and in 1969, Yoon Deok-beyond and Yakult formed a partnership to create the Korea Yakult subsidiary based in Seoul.
It is a food industry giant, one of the largest in South Korea, and produces Dairy and Beverages.
Yakult is prepared by adding glucose, sugar, natural flavors to skimmed milk.
Yakult has made a huge impact on the Korean market and people over here people take their yogurt or their beloved yogurt drink very seriously and it has developed its own culture through “Yakult ajumma”
In Popular Culture
It gained much visibility and popularity in western culture after the Netflix original movie series “To All the boys I ever loved”.
In it, Peter Kevinsky (Played by Noah Centinio) is taken by surprise about its flavor and taste when he snaps the drink out of Kitty’s hand and chugs it down in one shot.
The idea of a convenient drink, that was easy to down and had health benefits to boot, is unsurprisingly a great formula for a popular item, and it needs to be restocked each day to keep up with the high demand!
Korean Barbecue restaurants have also started popping up across the globe, and they even have a Yakult based Cocktail! Yes, you read that right.
Best Korean Yogurt Drinks
Soju is the most popular distilled spirit in South Korea, contributing to nearly a third of annual sales of all alcohol. It is highly affordable and easily available.
It seems only logical that someone would try to combine it with their other favorite drink, and with that the Korean Yoghurt Soju Cocktail was born! If you want to make this yourself to try, the recipe is down below.
The idea of a Yogurt based cocktail might sound weird to most people, but Yogurt Soju is very popular in Korea. Korean Yogurt soju cocktails are yummy, tangy, and very refreshing.
The ease of finding the ingredients, combined with the minimal effort in preparing them, means that they can be found just as commonly at home and private parties, much unlike the fancy cocktails that you would only ever see at a Bar.
This drink is super easy to make as it requires only 3 ingredients. However, it is versatile enough to allow you to try different fruit juices or clear sodas like Korea’s Chilsung Cider (which is their version of Sprite).
Soju also comes in different flavors, so you can mix and match to create your own personal favorite blend. Slap on a unique name and you can even call it your own unique signature drink!
Korean cuisine is on the fiery side, to put it lightly. The number of people who have tried the viral Spicy Korean Fire Noodles challenge alone has shown most of the world exactly how much spice a Korean palate can handle.
This is another reason why yogurt and soju drinks go well with the meal, as they aid in digestion and help cancel out some of that fiery heat. It is even a common occurrence to get drunk before the meal is actually served, because of the delicious taste and how easy it is to down it.
Try it yourself with this simple recipe!
How to make Korean Yogurt Drink
3 ounces / 90ml Soju
3 ounces/90 ml Korean/ Asian Yogurt
3 ounces/90 ml lime soda or fruit juice
Method of Preparation :
It takes less than 5 minutes to make this wonderful cocktail, and the steps are suspiciously simple! Simply pour the Soju and Yogurt into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake till the mixture is chilled and combined well, and pour it into a glass. Pour in your choice of juice or soda, stir and enjoy!
Note however that this drink is as versatile as they come, and can have its ingredients swapped without losing much of its oomph. A lack of Soju can see this being replaced by clear spirits like Vodka, for example. Keep in mind that most variants of Soju are weaker than almost all Vodkas, so you are likely to get a stronger kick from each drink.
Flavor profiles like Mango, Litchi, Lime and Coconut are popular choices for mixers as well. Fancy shakers are not required, and you can achieve all of this just as easily in a tall glass. You can absolutely channel your inner bond with a fancy setup, though!
What does this Yoghurt Soju cocktail taste like?
There is no easy way to answer this. It depends on how you make your drink! Yogurt is not for everyone, but this is not exactly the same thing. It is closer to a flavored milk beverage. As such, they generally tend to have a sweet flavor profile from the Yoghurt, and the mixers have everyone divided.
Many prefer to tack on more fruity flavor profiles, while others like to cut it all with a lemon-based soda instead. I can only wonder if anyone has tried to draw inspiration from a Bloody Mary and gone with a spicy choice of additions instead!
Is Yakult a yogurt?
The easiest answer here is that it has all the health benefits of traditional Yoghurt while keeping the texture smooth and thin like milk. I would describe it as tasting like sweetened condensed milk but without the condensation!
Its consistency makes it possible to substitute for yogurt only where the yogurt itself is mixed in, and not where it is used as a topping or addition. The sweet taste will also prevent you from using it in savory recipes. Keep things simple, and down it as a shot, or add it to your drink!
Can Yakult cause weight gain?
As with any food, moderation is the key. Yakult contains a ton of healthy additions that help your body stay strong, but it does also contain the calories from the milk, sugar, maltodextrin and its flavorings. If you were to over-consume this, as with anything, the buildup of calories will eventually lead to weight gain. This is the reason for its chosen packaging size!
Rather than sell single bottles, Yakult opted instead to sell them in portion sized bottles to intuitively let you know just how much you need to have at one sitting, in order to utilize the maximum benefits from it. As long as you are not drinking a hundred bottles a day, Yakult is extremely unlikely to impact your weight negatively.
What is with the Red and Blue caps on the bottles?
The bottles with the blue tops are ‘Yakult Light’, which is a variant of the original red-topped bottles. These are enriched with Vitamin D and Vitamin E, and contain less sugar while having the same unique bacteria (6.5 billion in a bottle!). The original contains 8.8g of Sugar per bottle, while the Light version contains 2.9g. In both cases, it is added to balance the sour flavor of the lactic acid that is produced during the fermentation process.
Can I have this if I am lactose intolerant?
Each bottle of Yakult does contain a tiny amount of lactose, approximately a single gram per bottle, and maybe suitable for some lactose-intolerant people, but please consult your dietitian or doctor before making that decision.
What about gluten intolerance?
Even if you suffer from Celiac disease and your body cannot process gluten, you are safe here since Yakult is completely gluten-free.
Is Yakult a vegan and/or vegetarian product?
Yes, it is! Yakult is not vegan friendly, as it uses skimmed milk during its preparation, but no other animal products are used, making it 100% safe for vegetarians to consume