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Calpico Lactic Fermenting Beverage Can be Used for Food As Well

Today, we will introduce recipes using Calpico concentrate.

(Drink Recipe) Cupid - Calpico with Coke

Have you ever heard of a drink called cupid? As a non-alcoholic cocktail, it used to be a staple in Japanese coffee shops and was on the menu at every coffee shop in the 1970s, but it has gradually disappeared. Nowadays, one seldom sees its name. There is a rock cafe in Umeda, Osaka, called "Cupid," and it was rumored to have been a signature menu item there, but the truth behind its birth and the origin of its name remain unknown.

Ingredients (1 serving):

0.7 fl oz/20 ml of calpico concentrate

3.4 fl oz/100 ml of your favorite coke

Ice as desired


  1. Put some ice in a glass.

  2. Pour calpico concentrate and coke.


  • If you pour the calpico first, you don't have to mix it later. (Photo: left)

  • If you want to create beautiful-looking layers, pour the coke first, then tip the glass over and slowly pour the Calpico concentrate from the rim of the glass. (Photo: right)

  • The ratio of Calpico concentrate and coke is written as a reference, so try making it and change the ratio to your liking. If you add too much Calpico, it may be too sweet. Putting some ice cubes will help you make it less sweet.


(Drink Recipe) Calpico with Fruit Cider Vinegar

You all probably have the impression that Calpico is sweet. Some of you may think it is too sweet. But when you mix Calpico with your favorite fruit cider vinegar such as apple cider vinegar or ume plum vinegar, the acidity is added and the sweetness is moderated to create a refreshing, summery flavor. However, fruit cider vinegar is one of the most fruity, easy-to-drink, and familiar vinegars used for purposes other than cooking. That is why it is a perfect match for Calpico. It has a great refreshing feeling even though it is not carbonated. The refreshing sensation when it goes down your throat may be said to be the best lactobacillus drink. Furthermore, the refreshing feeling is increased by the addition of fruit cider vinegar, making it a good drink for when you are tired. This is the drink you want to drink when you need a break from work or housework.


1.4 fl oz/40 ml of Calpico concentrate

0.7 fl oz/20 ml of fruit cider vinegar

6 fl oz/180 ml of water

Ice as desired

Slices of your favorite fruit(s) to your liking


  1. Fill a glass with ice and pour in the Calpico concentrate.

2. Pour in the fruit cider vinegar.

3. Then pour in the water and mix it.

4. Add some slices of your favorite fruit(s) to your liking.

No Additive Japanese Ume Plum Cider Vinegar


(Food Recipe) Calpico Inari-Sushi

This is an amazing inari-sushi (as known as oinari) arrangement that takes advantage of the sweet and sour flavor of Calpico. With this recipe, the sourness of the rice is milder than usual sushi rice with sushi vinegar, making it easy for even children to eat. It unexpectedly tastes delicious! No one would notice that it is made with Calpico. You still put some vinegar, which is also a fermented food, so you can expect the power of double fermentation. That is the reason why it blends in so well. Vinegar alone would make the rice sour, but the sweetness and freshness of the Calpico makes the sushi rice very mild and refreshing. It is less sweet than usual inari-sushi, and the salty taste of shirasu young sardines goes well with the gentle flavor of the vinegared rice.

Ingredients (10 inari-sushi):

5 pieces of aburaage deep-fried tofu

2 tbsp of soy sauce

2 tbsp of mirin sweet cooking rice wine

1 tbsp of sugar

6.8 fl oz/200 ml dashi soup stock (granulated dashi etc. are available at Maido)

5 bowls (24.7 oz/700 g) of cooked rice

1.5 fl oz/45 ml of Calpico concentrate

1 tbsp of rice vinegar

1 tsp of salt

3 tbsp of shirasu baby sardines

2 tbsp of roasted white sesame seeds


1. Pour a little amount of hot water over the aburaage deep-fried tofu, then cut into half.

2. Combine soy sauce, mirin, sugar, and dashi soup stock in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add aburaage deep-fried tofu and simmer until about 2 tablespoons of simmering liquid is absorbed.

3. Combine the Calpico, rice vinegar, and salt. Add it to the rice and mix, then add the shirasu baby sardines and sesame seeds and mix evenly.

4. Divide the rice into 10 equal portions, roll into a bale shape, and wrap in aburaage deep-fried tofu to complete the dish!


It also goes well with ume plum and shiso leaves. (Both are available at Maido.) You can try it with various ingredients.

Aburaage Deep-Fried Tofu

Rice Vinegar

Roasted White Sesame Seeds

Shirasu Baby Sardines


(Food Recipe) Calpico and Mayonnaise Dip

This is a dip that simply combines Calpico, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper. It is very easy to make, yet has a very tasty sweet and savory flavor. It is different from mayonnaise alone and completes a mild dip of a higher rank! It is too good to dip just chips and vegetables in it, so enjoy it with a variety of ingredients including shrimp. Ingredients: 1 tbsp of Calpico concentrate 6 tbsp of mayonnaise A pinch of salt A pinch of pepper Chips, vegetables, boiled shrimp, etc. as desired Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine Calpico, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper.

  2. Put what you made in step 1 in a container and serve with vegetables or/and other ingredients of your choice for dipping. Enjoy.

Tip: It is also recommended to make it with 2 tablespoons of Calpico concentrate. It will turn into a silky and sweet dressing that is easy even for children to eat.

Japanese Mayonnaise

Salt & Pepper


(Dessert Recipe) Healthy Tofu Muffin with Calpico and Banana

Here is a recipe for a healthy muffin made with Calpico, tofu and bananas that is good for you. Using Calpico and banana reduces the amount of sugar, and using tofu greatly reduces the calories, making this a guilt-free dessert. It is a great snack for children and dieters. Ingredients (about 6 regular-sized muffins): 3.5 oz/100 g of hot cake Japanese pancake mix 3.5 oz/100 g of tofu 1 banana 30 g of sugar 1 egg 1 fl oz/30 ml of olive oil 1 tbsp of milk 1 tbsp of Calpico concentrate Directions:

1. Beat the eggs and mix in the sugar, milk and Calpico. Gradually stir in the olive oil.

2. Add tofu and mix until smooth while mashing.

3. Mix in the pancake mix and the large diced bananas. Make sure to leave a few slices of bananas for garnish at the end.

4. Pour what you made in step 3 into muffin molds and put the slices of bananas on top.

5. Bake in the oven at 355°F/180°C degrees for 20 minutes and it's ready to serve!

Tip: In this recipe, the bananas are cut into large pieces, but you can also mash them, especially the ones you put inside. Baking time can be adjusted according to your oven and the size of your muffin molds.

Hot Cake Japanese Pancake Mix



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