The first time you open a Ramune, it’s like opening a tiny box of treasures. The fizzing drink is so fun to watch as the pressure cooker releases its refreshing bubbles and aromas into your mouth. And then there are those little marbles that make clinking noises when they fall onto glass; what could be more satisfying?
It’s no surprise why Ramunes have become such popular among Japanese people since their introduction in vending machines all across town during World War II—they’re cheap (less than $2 per bottle)
The drink’s name is a direct translation from the Japanese word “Ramune,” which means lemonade. Though its origin has been debated, some say that it was created in Kobe around 1885 by an Englishman named Mr. Hira Codd who bottled his Cognac-based beverage inside of this special glass bottle designed for storing soft drinks or beer (a ‘codd neck’!). The invention of the Ramune led to its popularity in Japan, and other companies began making this refreshing drink. One Tokyo newspaper even promoted it as a way to prevent cholera!
Ramune has been popular when it became associated with Japanese summer fireworks festivals. The refreshing flavor is good for fighting away humidity and even today you can find plenty of stalls selling Ramunes at festivals across the world!
Favorite Flavors To Try
The nostalgic Hatakosen Strawberry brought back memories of childhood for some, while others thought it tasted like watery jam with notes that reminded them of cough medicine.
The tasters were complimentary about the Sangaria Peach flavor, with one writing that it had a clean scent and subtle-yet distinct peach jelly candy flavors. They also liked its big bubbles which tickled their tongue as they took sip after delicate sip!
Hatakosen Melon is a refreshing drink for those who want something different. One taster described it as “radiation green,” while another said that its color reminded them of the Midori martini they enjoy on occasion and everyone agreed about how much flavor there was in this one!