Yakult Soju: How it’s Possible to Get Drunk with Yakult

Words: Dwight Co/Photography: Mylene Chung/Styling and Recipe Development: Katherine Jao/August 3, 2012

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Your earliest memories of drinking Yakult were most likely unpleasant.

Lemme guess—your mom made you drink this stuff when your disease-stricken body was gushing brown waterfalls down the toilet. With traditional medicine not doing its job, a famous catchphrase, “Ok ka ba tiyan?” comes to mind and the solution comes in the form of this enigmatic, flesh-colored drink.

Although commercials for Yakult have always painted it as a health drink with images of sperm-like lactobacilli thingies swimming around your happy belly, its benefits are still in question. But these days, do even you drink Yakult because it’s healthy?

Fast-forward to legal age and you get a whole new way to enjoy this familiar drink. How else? Swirl it with alcohol.

This beverage is reminiscent to popular Japanese drink, Calpis. According to our house pet Wikipedia, Calpis has a light, somewhat milky and acidic flavor. Normally, they use plain or vanilla-flavored yogurt, or some lactic acid-rich drink such as Yakult (which is ok for your tiyan!).

When you mix Yakult with traditional Korean Soju, you’ll get a Calpis-flavored cocktail that’ll send get you all fizzy and happy in all the right places. Add to that the supposed health benefits of Yakult, and you’ve definitely got a conversation starter that’s light and good for your digestion.

Thirsty? Time to hit your nearest Korean grocery.

Yakult Soju Sprite Mix

Yield: 1-many


  • 2 bottles Yakult
  • 1/2 cup Soju
  • 1 cup Sprite
  • 1-2 cups ice


  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Serve.


  1. Add more soju depending on preference.

Dwight Co

Managing Director/Founder

When he was nine, Dwight stormed the kitchen and proudly cooked himself his first dish, Spam and eggs. Realizing his immense talent for cooking canned food, he co-founded Pepper.ph in 2012. Aside from directing Pepper.ph's content and design, Dwight also makes websites and runs a tiny ramen house in Burgos Circle called Wrong Ramen. See More.

  • http://twitter.com/giooraay Gio Ray Mangaya-ay

    tempering alcohol with something supposedly healthy – a winner! 😀 thanks for giving me another way to enjoy my yogurt. HAHAHAHAHAHA

    • http://findingfragments.wordpress.com/ Mikka Wee

      You’re welcome, Gio! Hahaha! That’s a wonderful way to put it. :) Cheers!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Den-Alibudbud/520953364 Den Alibudbud

    i do love yakult and drink it on a daily basis. seems to work for me; i don’t get too much tummy aches. :)

    cautionary tale: my boyfriend tells me of a classmate who brought a JUG full of yakult along for their grade school field trip. let’s just say the trip was very memorable for that boy, but not on a happy note. :p

    • http://findingfragments.wordpress.com/ Mikka Wee

      Oh my. I can imagine! Too much of anything good can indeed be bad for you. I remember drinking one whole ream of Yakult on my own when I was a kid. Let’s just say it wasn’t a good experience for me either. :p

  • http://www.lynne-enroute.com/ Ray for En Route

    And I thought I was good at experimenting my on drinks 😛 Bookmarking this site for future reference 😀

    • http://findingfragments.wordpress.com/ Mikka Wee

      Yay! Thanks, Ray. Do tell us about your Shoju experience! 😉

  • http://twitter.com/wyattbelmonte Wyatt Belmonte

    wow! like this recipe

  • Kasey

    i had this last night at ho galbi and woke up with absolutely no hangovers — just an absolutely happy tummy, haha!

    i prefer it without sprite, though. i love either just plain yakult and soju, or the whole thing mixed with a dash of lemon.

    • http://twitter.com/katherinejao Katherine Jao

      Yes, it also goes well with some lemon. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/carl.tomacruz Carl Tomacruz

    Is there any particular brand of Soju we must use, say, Jinro? Bohae?

    • http://twitter.com/mylenechung Mylene Chung

      We used Jinro, but you can just pick the brand you prefer.:) 

      • sandrita

        for korean university students in seoul, the cheaper soju the better. 😀 this drink btw is known as Yogurt Soju and drunk by the pitcher, with pulutan like dried squid & pajeon & octopus & ttokbokki in chili sauce. preferably at 2 AM on a school day.

        • http://twitter.com/richtuason Rich Tuason

          Ooooh sounds interesting! 😀 And tempting to try just the way you did/ do it. hahahaha

      • http://www.facebook.com/carl.tomacruz Carl Tomacruz

        I tried it with Jinro 24 (the strongest soju sold here locally) a couple of days ago. Though I followed a slightly different preparation: 1 part of each soju, sprite, and yakult, as it was closer to how Koreans did it. It’s so good, even my friend who abhors Yakult liked it!

  • ronalynaalcanar

    i like this recipe… will definitely try this one :)

    • http://twitter.com/katherinejao Katherine Jao

      Go try it and give us feedback Ronalyn. :)

  • Nona S.

    How much is a bottle of Soju here in Manila?

    • http://twitter.com/katherinejao Katherine Jao

      It goes around 80 pesos per bottle. :)

  • Maricar Loinaz-Sarmiento

    Drinking this now! I didn’t expect it to taste yummy! Cheers!

    • http://twitter.com/katherinejao Katherine Jao

      Cheers!!!! :)

  • http://coolinarygabey.tumblr.com/ Gab

    Wouldn’t the alcohol kill the live Lactobacilli Shirota strain (in the tone of the commercial, haha!)? I suppose that’s not the point though. Interesting drink, I must try this!

    • http://twitter.com/katherinejao Katherine Jao

      Whether it kills it or not, still is good. :) haha you should try it Gab!

  • http://www.facebook.com/julie.quita Julie Anne Quita

    Tried this while I was stuck at a hotel in Baguio because of heavy rains. Kept me warm on a chilly and misty night. Went well with California Maki. :)

    • http://twitter.com/katherinejao Katherine Jao

      California Maki with this? Interesting. :)

  • RdA

    So good! So good! So good!

  • http://twitter.com/AiLoveCalpis Aileen Lopez

    OMG, I gotta try this! Is it Friday yet?!

  • Ivan

    Hey hi! Just tried it last night. The thing is, I kinda mixed too much of everything and now I have a pitcher full of this. It is okay to store it sa ref lang?

  • lapella

    tried this the other night. love it! perfect for cold nights :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/aikaangeles Maria Angelica Dimen Angeles

    I gotta try this! Love your site by the way. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/tricietorres Bea Torres

    So excited to try this one!!! Never in a million years would i think of putting soju and yakult together! Usually I just combine it with sprite.

  • Rochkirstin Santos

    I would like to try this! :)

  • Johann

    Great combo! Just FYI, though, this post seems to have been plagiarized in part here, written almost a year after it got posted on Pepper: