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Peach Yakult Sago Drink

The fresh, fruity, whimsical drink your summer needs: Peach Yakult Sago!!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Asian, Fusion Food
Keyword: Peach, Sago, Yakult
Servings: 4 large, adult-sized portions

Equipment

  • Hand immersion blender (or food processor)
  • Large fine mesh strainer

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 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

Adult-size portion:

  • 3 Tbsp cooked tapioca (sago)
  • 3 Tbsp peach puree
  • 2 2.7oz Yakult
  • 1/2 cup water

Kid-size portion:

  • 2 Tbsp cooked tapioca (sago)
  • 2 Tbsp peach puree
  • 1 2.7oz Yakult
  • 1/4 cup water

Optional garnish:

  • mint
  • lime wedges

Instructions

Prep ingredients:

  • 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.
    package of tapioca pearls with blue and red lettering
  • 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.
    cooked tapioca in a fine mesh sieve
  • 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.
    hand immersion blending in container of peach puree

Assemble drinks:

  • 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!
    3 peach yakult sago drinks on a cutting board

Notes

*This drink can be made in advance.  Simply prep the ingredients and store in separate containers, in the fridge.  Before assembling, run 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!
**My kids love these!  I've made a kid-sized portion for people to enjoy a smaller, less sweet version.  
***For a slushier version, freeze Yakult for 1-2 hours before serving.  You may need a chopstick or the back of a spoon to coax the slushy Yakult into your glass.