3 Unique & Healthy Japanese Sweet Milk Drink Recipes

As for Japanese beverages using milk, I think Matcha Latte or Green Tea Latte is especially popular in many countries thanks to coffee chains like Starbucks.

It is well-recognized worldwide, but there are still a variety of unique drinks made with milk in Japan. 

If I give a representative example of such milk beverages, Kinako Milk, which I talked about in this article, is something unlike any other in the world.

Besides Kinako Milk, you can find a lot of milk drink recipes unique to Japan on Japanese recipe sites.

Out of those, today, let me introduce three easy & healthy sweet milk drink recipes that you may never have tried before. First, let’s look at Amazake Milk.

Amazake Milk 

Amazake Milk

Amazake (甘酒) is a traditional Japanese sweet drink made from fermented rice. Although the name is associated with Sake rice wine, the beverage is non-alcoholic and healthy.

Amazake Milk is a simple mixture of Amazake and milk. This milk beverage became a topic of conversation online, and the recipe is simple as follows.


  1. Pour 100 ml of milk and 50ml of Amazake into a cup/glass.
  2. Stir well and enjoy! You can enjoy this both hot and cold.

Hojicha Milk with Kinako

Hojicha Milk with KinakoImage/Source: Rakuten Recipe

Hojicha is a type of roasted green tea, and Hojicha Latte is popular in Japan. And that is why I introduce the recipe. This one from Rakuten Recipe has a twist of Kinako, by the way.

As you may know, Kinako is roasted soy flour packed with nutrients, and I think this milk beverage is as healthful as Kinako Milk with various health benefits.


Ingredients Quantity
Strong Hojicha 100 cc
Milk 80 cc
Kinako 1 teaspoon
Brown sugar 1 teaspoon
  1. Put a small amount of milk, the Kinako soybean flour, and the brown sugar in a cup and stir well until the Kinako dissolves.
  2. Then, pour the rest milk and Hojicha into the cup and microwave until hot.
  3. Stir well again, and enjoy!

Kinako Milk with Anko

Kinako Milk with AnkoImage/Source: Rakuten Recipe

As mentioned above, Kinako Milk is a healthy drink that became a popular topic a few years ago. And this one has a twist or the sweetness of Anko (餡子) red bean paste.

Both Kinako and Anko are wholesome and very Japanese, and so is this milk beverage.


Ingredients Quantity
Milk 150 cc
Anko 2 teaspoons
Kinako 1 teaspoon
Sugar 1 teaspoon
  1. Microwave the milk until hot.
  2. Put the Anko, Kinako, and sugar into the milk and stir well.
  3. Enjoy!


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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