This strawberry and Yakult drink is fruity and creamy with a hint of tea, perfect for a tasty summer treat!
Frozen strawberries and Yakult, a Japanese (not Korean!) yogurt drink form the base of this concoction. Which I suppose is sort of a smoothie, since there’s blended fruit and some liquid.
Anyways, there’s also some tea to help cut the richness and sweetness of the berries.
How to Make
First, brew some tea. This is the longest part of the whole recipe, and you want to give it a chance to cool a bit.
Then, combine the tea, strawberries, Yakult and salt in a blender. Blend until you reach your desired consistency (you can blend until smooth, or leave it a bit chunky).
Pour into a glass filled with ice and serve!
Using frozen strawberries means that your beverage is cold without adding ice and diluting the drink down.
Not to mention that 1) frozen strawberries are so much cheaper than fresh, and 2) they’re available all year round so no need to wait for summer to whip this up!
Always use salt in your drinks. Definitely not a new opinion from me, but if you haven’t heard before this, adding a bit of salt helps bring out the flavors and you don’t have to add quite as much sugar.
Strawberry is a light, bright flavor to me (unlike pumpkin, roasted apples or something more evocative of fall/winter), so I’d stick to a tea that fits that profile too if you’re looking to switch the tea in the recipe.
White and green tea come to mind, or in complete disregard to those notes above, earl grey tea (orange and strawberry sound pretty great to me, okay?).
I can imagine this with some vodka, though I have reservations about other clear liquors (gin and tequila both sound like they have different vibes than strawberry and Yakult, but maybe that’s me being closed minded).
I didn’t include any toppings when I was making the batch seen in these pictures. That being said, you definitely can, and should if you want to!
Boba is always a good idea.
If you have a little more time and energy to make a topping, might I suggest cubes of almond tofu, a helping of drinkable mochi, or perhaps a few scoops of jasmine tea flavored jelly (omit the custard from the linked recipe)?
Or to swing to the other end of the spectrum, you could top off the drink with some sparkling water or sprite for something lighter.
You can make this recipe a few days ahead and keep it in the fridge. I’d keep it separate from the ice, (which will water down the drink) and add it right before serving.
- 1 tablespoon green tea leaves
- ½ cup hot water
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 2/3 cup Yakult or 5.4 ounces, or 2 little bottles
- 1 pinch kosher salt
Steep the tea leaves in the hot water for 15 minutes, then strain out the tea leaves. Let cool slightly.
In a blender, combine the tea, strawberries, Yakult and salt. Blend until desired consistency is reached.
Fill your serving glass half full with ice. Pour in the drink and serve!
You can use fresh strawberries instead, so long as you add ice into the blend to give the drink some thickness (and chill it down).