With summer on the way, you might need some new ideas to keep cool and hydrated. Here’s some kawaii summer drinks to try, whether you pick something up online or make a recipe at home.
If you love bubble tea, there’s a new Boba Cookbook (UK / USA) out now which includes 35 recipes for all different kinds of boba. Author Wendy Leung also has an online shop Hello Boba Friends (US) where you can order ingredients and kits. In the UK try The Teashed instead.
Live your Korean cafe dreams with the recipes at My Korean Kitchen. Some of the ingredients may be tricky to find locally but there’s everything from milk drinks and sparkling drinks to fruit teas and Dalgona coffee.
Moshi Moshi Nippon have a nice article with 5 Simple and Kawaii Drinks to make at home that includes some interesting ideas like Dalgona strawberry and mikan latte.
And for something super fun, how about a Color Changing Lemonade Slushie by The Flavor Bender? This isn’t done with food colouring but will really change colour as you watch, due to a special ingredient reacting with the acid in the lemonade! The recipe is very detailed and includes shopping links so you can really wow everyone.
Tofu Cute (UK) have the cutest selection of Japanese drinks and I’d like to try these new Tomomasu sparkling fruit drinks. They come in 5 flavours and I love the colourful bottles. Tofu Cute also stock ramune, Pokemon Ocean Bomb and more. (Drinks ship within the UK only)
I always enjoy looking for new seasonal Fanta flavours when I’m in Japan and Sugoi Mart (JP) have some fun ones for summer. I’m intrigued by the new Fanta Premier series for adults in peach, grape and orange. They stock lots of other Japanese drinks too, and can ship worldwide.
Rainbowholic (JP) are an official international stockist for Karel Capek teas and have so many cutely packaged flavours that you can enjoy hot or cold. If you can’t decide what to try, pick up one of the mixed sets, which even come with a kawaii storage pouch. They also stock the cutest mini jugs for brewing – I ordered a bunny one recently and can’t wait for it to arrive.
Don’t dismiss your local supermarket either! I really like cold infusion bags that you add to your water bottle. There are lots of brands and fun flavours so check the tea aisle next time you’re shopping.
What are your favourite summer drinks?
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.