Monday, August 30th, 2010
Calpis is a popular Japanese drink that is sweet and milky but at the same time light and refreshing. It’s a shame that it that never really took off in the United States. It’s probably because of it’s name, although in Japanese it’s pronounced “Ka-ru-pi-su.” Years after it was first introduced in the United States, it was given a name suitable for the US and is also known as Calpico. I’m guessing the marketing department of the company finally caught on.
It is available in many forms, a concentrate that can be mixed with water, premixed in cans and plastic bottles, and premixed and carbonated. My favorite is carbonated calpis but concentrated calpis is the most versatile. You can even make carbonated calpis with it so I wanted to introduce it as an ingredient that can be used for many thing. It is also available in many fruit flavors such as grape, strawberry and mandarin orange.
Concentrated Calpis is a sweet milky white syrup.
The original Calpis drink mixed with carbonated water.
Calpis kakigouri (shaved ice) is also a great way to enjoy it during the summer. Just pour a little of it over shaved ice instead of the rainbow colored syrups.