Amazake Milk – A healthy Japanese drink that is perfect for summer

When it comes to the drink that is perfect for summer, many grown-ups are reminded of chilled beer.However, when you think of ideal drinks for the summer season, what comes to mind?

The drink that popped into my head is Amazake Milk.Have you ever had or heard of Amazake (甘酒)? Though Amazake literally means sweet sake, it is a sweet non-alcoholic drink that generally contains not more than 1 percent alcohol.

The traditional Japanese beverage is made by fermenting a mixture of rice, malted rice, and sake lees.Amazake is well-known as a healthy drink because it is rich in nutrients, such as glucose, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, amino acids, oligosaccharide, and more than 100 types of enzymes.

The health benefits of Amazake Milk

Amazake ( is usually served hot, but the healthy Japanese drink can also be served cold.In fact, I picked up a canned Amazake that can be served chilled at a supermarket near my house.

Then, what is Amazake milk? Actually, as the drink name indicates, the drink is an Amazake-milk mixture, in other words, it is made combining Amazake with milk.

As I wrote above, Amazake is a healthy drink, and so is milk.What is better, according to this Japanese website, these 2 healthy drinks matches perfectly mainly because of the following reasons.

  1. Amazake contains an amino acid, GABA, and milk contains an amino acid, Tryptophan.Both of these 2 amino acids help stabilize mental condition.Therefore, Amazake milk has stress-reducing actions
  2. Amazake contains very little calcium, but milk is rich in calcium.Amazake promotes decomposition of milk sugar contained in milk and helps the body absorb calcium
  3. The enzymes in Amazake help the body absorb protein in milk

How to make Amazake Milk (Easy Amazake Milk recipe)

If you want to make Amazake Milk, the recommended mixing ratio of Amazake to milk is 1 : 2. Just mix the 2 drinks.Chilled Amazake milk is perfect for summer, while in the winter season you can enjoy hot one with this easy recipe!


I'm Japanese living in Niigata Prefecture,Japan.I want to introduce things about Japan,especially unique Japanese products,sightseeing places,my daily life and Japanese culture.

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