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Sip on Sakura Soda Under the Cherry Blossoms

Food & Drink Cherry Blossoms

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. 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 may be over, thanks to Japanese beverage producer Kimura Drink. The company 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 went on sale on February 23, 2016 in 240-milliliter (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.

You can purchase the tasty sakura beverage at Rakuten.

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