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Soda Gembira - Happy Soda

Soda gembira, translated to happy soda, is perhaps one of the oldest mocktail known to Indonesian. This simple drink is loved by children from all ages. We all grew up with this, even our parents, and perhaps our grandparents too. This drink is made with only three ingredients, soda water, sweet condensed milk, and coco pandan syrup. The proportion is totally up to you, depends on how sweet you want it to be. For me, I like to add 1 tablespoon of condensed milk and 1 tablespoon of coco pandan syrup to 1 can (330 ml) of soda water. Most restaurants serve it in a much much sweeter version, and I find it pretty cloying after a couple of sip. Not so with my homemade version, the sweetness is just right, at least to me. As I said, add as much or as little milk and syrup as you like.

Soda Gembira - Happy Soda

If you order soda gembira in a restaurant, typically you will be given a glass filled with some syrup and condensed milk, and the soda comes in a can or a bottle. So you get to fill the glass with the soda and stir everything together into a bright pink soda drink. Neat huh? No wonder all children love it, it’s pretty much an entertainment in a glass. ♥

Soda Gembira - Happy Soda

Soda Gembira - Happy Soda

4.5 from 2 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson



Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Serves: 1


  • 1 can soda water (330 ml), chilled in fridge
  • 1 tablespoon sweet condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon coco pandan syrup
  • Optional
  • ice cubes


  1. Stir together soda water, sweet condensed milk, and coco pandan syrup in a glass. Serve immediately with (or without) ice cubes.


  • Maddison says:

    Lovely, this drinks looks like the one to beat

    • gi gi says:

      nice looking.......

  • Liyun Brandicourt says:

    Recently visited central java. First time tasted soda gembira. Loved,it! Thanks for your recipe!

    • Anita says:

      That sounds like a lovely trip. Glad you love the drink, and now you can make it yourself with this recipe. :)

  • Prajurit says:

    Ini adalah resep besar! Menyukai itu banyak, membuatnya untuk kelas saya dan mereka menyukainya juga. Terima kasih, bro.

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