Pocari Sweat Ion Water

Pocari Sweat Ion Water

On our trip to Japan, when we cleared customs and we waiting for the infamous bus to our hotel in Tokyo, I turned to the vending machine behind me and wanted a to quench my thirst with an aunthentic taste of Japan. Something that would make me feel like I was in a different country.  Something not available in America. Scanning the choices and picking something written in English and somewhat familiar to me, I picked a bottle of Pocari Sweat Ion Water.

I really liked the slightly sweet taste and slightly thick feel of Pocari Sweat and bought several more bottles over the week. Pocari Sweat is like Gatorade with the sweetness dialed down. From the Wiki:

Pocari Sweat (ポカリスエット Pokari Suetto?) is a popular Japanese soft drink and sports drink, manufactured by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.. It was first sold in 1980.

Pocari Sweat is a mild-tasting, relatively light sweet drink and advertises itself as an “ion supply drink.” Ingredients[1] listed are water, sugar, flavourings, acids, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium lactate, and magnesium carbonate.

I do miss Pocari Sweat and find myself wishing it was available here in the States.

Luckily for me I saw a tweet from Peter Payne of Jlist and found that they carry the Pocari Sweat Powder which means I can once again enjoy the sweet taste and remeinsce.