The fresh, fruity, whimsical drink your summer needs: Peach Yakult Sago!!
One of the best parts of living in Toronto: Ontario peaches.
Juicy. Sweet. Deliciously golden with rosy hues. Truly, there’s nothing better than a ripe, locally grown peach.
Every summer I consume an absurd amount: in cobblers and pies, with burrata and pesto, grilled alongside pork chops, sliced into yogurt drizzled with honey, blended into smoothies, mixed into homemade ice cream.
And now, in my favorite new drink: Peach Yakult Sago.
Equal parts peachy goodness, sago bubbles, and yogurty, fruity flavor — so yummy! And refreshing!
Coconut Sago with Mango is already a summer staple in my house. When a friend suggested that I try Sago mixed with Yakult, my mind was blown.
Yup, Sago + Yakult is the best combination ever. Topped with fresh peach puree, this combination is SO good!
What is Yakult?
Yakult is a sweetened Korean/Japanese probiotic yogurt drink made from fermented milk. The taste is distinctly sweet, yogurt-y, and fruity.
We Koreans call it Yo-Gu-Ru-Tu, a Koreanized articulation of “yogurt.” I grew up drinking these tiny little bottles of deliciousness. My Korean American family members bought cases of Yakult and considered them healthy and good for digestion. (They ARE probiotic but the sugar amount is high: 10g sugar per 80ml container.).
When I got older, I enjoyed Yakult mixed with soju in shot glasses. A popular South Korean cocktail that tastes like juice, it was definitely a favorite.
But Yakult gained mainstream popularity and fame in North America when it appeared in the Netflix movie, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Laura Jean, the half-Korean main character, gives Peter a “yogurt smoothie.” He’s never seen the little bottle topped with foil and stamped with red lettering. Not surprisingly, he loves it.
The fresh yogurty sweetness is SO delicious! And it’s probiotic! Everybody loves Yakult!
Where can I buy Yakult?
Yakult is commonly found in Asian supermarkets. The Yakult website even has a convenient store locator on their website.
Sometimes you’ll see other versions of this probiotic yogurt drink. Although the red Yakult brand is iconic, there are several different Korean brands. They usually come in a little bottle, covered with a foil top, wrapped in packages of 5. They are usually labeled probiotic Korean drink.
FYI: Yakult freezes well. I actually store them in the freezer and prefer to drink them in slushy form. To defrost, simply place in the fridge a few hours before drinking. Then use a chopstick or back of a spoon to coax the slushy Yakult out of the tiny little bottles.
Can I make Peach Yakult Sago in advance?
Peach Yakult Sago can be made and enjoyed immediately. Or, this drink can be made in advance and enjoyed over the course of several days.
The key is to store the components separately, in the fridge:
- Peach Puree
- Sago (cooked tapioca)
- Yakult (you can store in the freezer for a slushier version)
I store each component in different containers. Then assemble when I’m ready to drink.
Before assembling, simply run the tapioca pearls (sago) under hot water in a fine mesh sieve. The tapioca balls will be very sticky; hot water works to separate the little balls. Then, run under cold water to chill. Now you are ready to assemble and enjoy!
How to Make Peach Yakult Sago:
Cook sago (tapioca pearls). Drain and rinse with cold water.
Using a hand immersion blender or food processor, puree peaches until smooth. You don’t really need to add extra sugar if your peaches are already sweet, ripe, and juicy!!
Assemble drink: in a tall glass add sago, peach puree, yakult, water, and ice (optional). Mix with a large straw (a bubble tea straw). Garnish and enjoy!
Peach Yakult Sago Drink
- Hand immersion blender (or food processor)
- Large fine mesh strainer
- 4 medium ripe, sweet peaches (if using less sweet peaches, add 1-2 Tbsp sugar)
- 1/2 cup small tapioca pearls (see photo below for the brand I use)
- 8 2.7 oz Yakult
- 3 Tbsp cooked tapioca (sago)
- 3 Tbsp peach puree
- 2 2.7oz Yakult
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 Tbsp cooked tapioca (sago)
- 2 Tbsp peach puree
- 1 2.7oz Yakult
- 1/4 cup water
- lime wedges
- In a medium saucepan, bring (at least) 4 cups of water to a roiling boil. When you see big bubbles breaking the surface, add tapioca balls. Stir with a spoon so the tapioca doesn't stick to the bottom. Cook until the tapioca is mostly translucent with white centers, about 8-10 minutes. Stir from time to time so the tapioca doesn't stick to the bottom but they shouldn't need constant stirring.
- Drain tapioca into a fine mesh strainer. Immediately rinse with cold water, moving the tapioca around with a spoon to help the cooling process. Set aside.
- Quarter peaches, carefully removing the pits and stems. Add to a tall, narrow container (I use an old yogurt container) and puree until smooth. Set aside.
- In a tall glass, add cooked + cooled tapioca to the bottom. Then add peach puree, Yakult, water, and ice (optional, it will dilute the drink). Mix with a large straw (for example, a bubble tea straw). Garnish, if using, and enjoy!