Delicious Sparkling Temperance Drinks

Calpis Soda


Calpis was created in Japan in 1919 by Kaiun Mishima. The unusual name of the drink is a combination of calcium and "salpis", a sanskrit word suggesting the ripening and fermenting of milk, or refinement of flavor. Indeed it is a yogurt-like fermentation by lacto bacteria that gives this drink its sour taste.

Calpis was the first milk soda invented, inspired by local fermented horse milk drinks Mr. Mishima had sampled while visiting Mongolia in the early 1900s. Since the 1920s the packaging has featured polka dots (originally white on a blue background) in reference to the stars of the Milky Way.

Calpis is sold in the U.S. as Calpico to avoid the unappealing meaning of the name in English.


This tastes similar to Milkis - a milky citrus soda. The flavor is more mellow, however. Its more of a milk flavor, mild & smoothly creamy, not as much of the lemonade or lemon/lime soda flavor.

Its kind of like a skim milk mixed with 7Up, I guess. A tasty drink, its soothing and gentle, not especially exciting as a soda.

Like milk, this is more about soothing flavor. Its not very carbonated or very strong flavored. Its all about soothing mellow cooling the tongue, with just a weak lemon/lime flavor.

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refreshment 4
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sweetness 3
flavor 3


Lactose, glucose, sugar, skim milk powder, lactic acid (with a lactic acid cultver), natural and artificial flavours.

Made by

Calpis Co. Ltd.

Copyright 2005 Matt Bergstrom