Homemade Calpis (Calpico)

Homemade Calpis (Calpico)

This is a concentrated, refreshing, drink base packed with beneficial lactobacillus in just 3 minutes using yogurt.

Ingredients: An easy to make amount (4 to 5x concentrate type)

100 ml
White sugar
60 g
●Citric acid (or use fresh or bottled lemon juice)
1/2 teaspoon of citric acid (or 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoon bottled)


1. Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Chill in the refrigerator.
2. To drink, dilute it with water, soda water or milk etc. by 4-5 times the amount of liquid to concentrate, and enjoy.
3. Yu-a used this in her "Calpis Milk Jelly" (Recipe ID: 818411). This has yogurt whey in it and is packed with minerals, so I recommend it.
4. Yumi's Cafe used this with "Preservative-Free and Safe Strawberry Syrup" (Recipe ID: 566568). What a pretty pink color. The syrup is delicious!
5. I tried adding 2 slices of canned mango to the concentrate, and diluted it with clear soda. The fruit flavor was delicious. It may be better than commercial mango-flavored soda.
6. Citric acid is available at pharmacies. I bought 22 g for 260 yen. It keeps for a long time so it's handy to have on hand when you don't have any lemons.
7. You can keep the concentrate in the refrigerator for 10 days. I think you could even keep it longer. Please make it with fresh yogurt.
8. You can make the concentrate in no time, so I recommend making an amount that you can use up within a week.

Story Behind this Recipe

I make this copycat Calpis (Calpico) drink base a lot in the summer. Storebought Calpis is getting expensive, plus I can make this as quickly as my kids ask for it when I keep a supply in the fridge.