Yakult Soju Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:12

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Yakult Soju Cocktail is a popular drink in South Korea. It's a blend of Soju (a clear, colorless distilled beverage of Korean origin) and Yakult (a probiotic milk beverage created by Japanese scientist Minoru Shirota in 1935). This cocktail is a favorite among those who enjoy a sweet, light, and refreshing drink. It's perfect for those who are new to drinking or those who prefer a less strong alcoholic beverage.

How Yakult Soju Tastes?

The Yakult Soju Cocktail is a sweet, tangy, and refreshing drink. It has a light, creamy texture, with a hint of tartness from the Yakult, and a subtle kick from the Soju.

Interesting facts about Yakult Soju

  • The Yakult Soju Cocktail is a popular drink in Korean BBQ restaurants.
  • It's a great way to introduce Soju to those who are new to Korean alcohol.
  • Yakult is a probiotic drink, so this cocktail could potentially have some health benefits.



Soju is the backbone of this cocktail, providing a clean and smooth base with a neutral spirit that carries the other flavors. 2 oz is just the right amount to give you a nice buzz without overwhelming the delicate Yakult. If you use less, you might as well be drinking a Yakult flavored soft drink. Too much, and you're in for a tipsy ride faster than you can say 'Ganbei'!

Alex Green


Yakult sparks joy with its sweet and tangy probiotic goodness, embracing the soju like a long-lost friend. The quantity of one bottle is a perfect harmony for the 2 oz of Soju, creating a balanced drink. Without Yakult, it's not a Yakult Soju - it's like Batman without Robin, it just feels incomplete. It also gives the drink a lovely cloudy appearance and a smooth texture.

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Lemon Juice

Half an ounce of lemon juice adds that citrus zing, balancing the sweetness and boosting the refreshing aspect of the cocktail. Too little and the drink may be overly sweet; too much and you might pucker up more than desired. Lemon juice also brings a bit of brightness to the drink's appearance.

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Ice keeps everything chill, literally. It tempers the soju's warmth and allows the flavors to be savored without dilution, thanks to the quick stir. If omitted, the drink will become warm and less refreshing, it would be a summer bummer, indeed.

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Recipe. How to make Yakult Soju Drink

  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Pour 2 oz of Soju into the glass.
  3. Add the Yakult and stir well.
  4. Squeeze in the lemon juice.
  5. Stir again, and enjoy your Yakult Soju Cocktail!

Pro Tips

  • Use chilled Soju and Yakult for a more refreshing drink.
  • Adjust the amount of Soju to your liking. If you prefer a stronger drink, add more Soju.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Korean Barbecue: The savory flavors of the meats will complement the subtle sweetness and tanginess of the Yakult Soju cocktail.
  • Seafood: Lightly seasoned seafood dishes, such as sushi or ceviche, will provide a refreshing contrast to the cocktail.
  • Fried Snacks: Crispy appetizers like tempura or french fries pair nicely with the sharpness of the lemon juice and the smoothness of the Yakult.

Drink Pairings

  • Green Tea: To cleanse the palate between sips of the cocktail.
  • Sparkling Water: An excellent non-alcoholic option to alternate with to stay hydrated.

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What you could change in Yakult Soju

If you can't find Soju, you can substitute it with Vodka. If Yakult is not available, you can use any probiotic dairy drink.

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And of course - twists🍹

Twist #1: Berry Yakult Soju

  • Ingredients: Soju, Yakult, Lemon Juice, Mixed Berry Puree, Ice
  • Recipe: Prepare the Yakult Soju as usual but add a tablespoon of mixed berry puree before you add the lemon juice. The berry puree adds a fruity depth, making the cocktail even more irresistible.

Twist #2: Fizzy Yakult Soju

  • Ingredients: Soju, Yakult, Lemon Juice, Soda Water, Ice
  • Recipe: Follow the standard Yakult Soju preparation, but top the glass off with soda water. The fizz will introduce a playful texture that dances on the palate and heightens the drinking experience.

Twist #3: Herbal Yakult Soju

  • Ingredients: Soju, Yakult, Lemon Juice, Fresh Mint Leaves, Ice
  • Recipe: Muddle a few mint leaves in the glass before adding ice. The mint will infuse the cocktail with a refreshing herbal twist, adding a layer of complexity to the simple cocktail.

In case you forgot basics how to make Yakult Soju

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Yakult Soju

What is Soju made from?

Soju is traditionally made from rice, wheat, or barley. But modern industrial soju mainly uses pure ethanol and flavor enhancers.

Where is Yakult originated from?

Yakult was originally created in Japan in 1935 before becoming popular worldwide.

Should Yakult Soju be served chilled?

Yes, the cocktail is best served chilled. For maximum freshness, it is recommended to serve immediately after preparation.

Can I make my own Yakult at home?

While it's complicated to make the exact Yakult at home due to its unique probiotics, you can make similar probiotics homemade yogurt following certain recipes.

Does the type of Soju used in the Yakult Soju cocktail matter?

While the differences between Soju brands might not be noticeable when mixed with the Yakult, it can impact the overall taste slightly. Most people just use their favorite Soju brands.

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