Cherry blossom soft drink set to be released this month.
No doubt many of you with an interest in both unique beverages and Japanese culture are licking your lips at the prospect of cherry blossom beer, which will be making its triumphant return to Japanese liquor stores in just a few days. But those of you under Japan’s legal drinking age of 20, currently driving a motor vehicle, or at work operating heavy machinery may be looking for a non-alcoholic way for you to guzzle down some thirst-quenching sakura.
That search will soon be over, thanks to Japanese beverage producer Kimura Drink. While the company’s name might not be particularly imaginative, its product lineup certainly is, with such temptations as green tea cider and unagi (freshwater eel) cola.
With weather forecasters already counting down the days until the cherry blossoms bloom in Japan, Kimura Drink has decided the time is right to bestow upon us something we never realized we wanted so badly: sakura cola.
Made with Japanese cherry blossom extract, the carbonated beverage will be sold in 240-mililiter (8.1-ounce) bottles. The company promises “an elegant aftertaste with a delicate sakura aroma,” and bills the entire drinking experience as “somehow nostalgic,” although for those of us who didn’t grow up in Japan it’s more likely to be a completely novel experience.
Sakura Cola goes on sale February 23.