Chill Out This Summer With An Array Of AsianSoda

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Chill Out This Summer With An Array Of Asian Sodas

Summertime is here, and that means that it’s time for sweet, light, and refreshing drinks. Whether it’s as a standalone treat or as an addition to your summer barbecue, having the right soda can make summer fun all the better. In Asian countries like Japan and Korea, sodas are becoming a go-to treat after dinner.

Like other parts of the world, Asia’s soda industry is experiencing a massive increase in interest. There are two main genres of soda that tend to crop up in the East Asian sector: synthetic flavor sodas (like Ramune’s original flavor) and sodas based on fruits.

Unlike American fruit sodas, countries like Japan rarely involve orange or stereotypical grape flavoring in their fruity flavors. The fruits they pick are more exotic, and when they’re not, those classic flavor picks still have a totally different taste.

Not sure what to expect? Don’t worry, we did the homework for you. Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the tasty treats that Japan’s top soda companies have made in the field of fruit sodas.

Top-selling Sodas

Yuzu Sparkling Water

You might recognize Ito-En as the name of the top maker of bottled green tea in Japan. Surprise! They also have a series of sparkling water. Their Yuzu Sparkling water is one of the more popular sodas to mix into gin or vodka. Why? Because it’s similar to a gin and tonic.

Even if you’re sober, it’s easy to see why it’s a popular drink. Yuzu is a citrus fruit that is similar to lemon, but with a slightly bitter and grassy taste. This soda boasts a strong yuzu taste that is perfect for people who love citrus but don’t want a sweet soda.

Nectar White Peach Sparkling Juice

Are you looking for a soda that tastes like soda, but has a more powerful hint of flavor than most? You might like Fujiya’s White Peach Sparkling Juice. This is a product that can fit under both “juice” and “soda” categories because of its consistency.

Fujiya’s offering has a slightly thick consistency, primarily due to the inclusion of white peach nectar in its soda. But, make no mistake about it, it’s still a soda. Oh, and it tastes like biting into a perfectly ripe peach. Yum!

Nectar Shine Muscat Soda

As a major name in Japan’s soda industry, it makes sense that Fujiya would become known for bringing in exceptional realism to their fruit soda flavors. One of their most popular sodas is Muscat grape nectar soda, which features the true-to-life flavor of Muscat family of grapes.

The best way to explain this flavor is to think of fine white wine or champagne. You get that same dry tart bite that a good champagne has, without the alcohol. This is a slightly sour yet sweet soda that is just as welcomed by adults as it is by kids.

Tomomasu Musk Melon Soda

For Westerners, the term “musk melon” might not sound appetizing. Don’t let the name fool you! This is the family name for melons like honeydew and musk melon. This sweet soda has a flavor that is lighter than a typical cantaloupe, but still packs that addictive flavor that people love from it.

If you are a fan of honeydew or cantaloupe, then you’re going to want to try this soda. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen stateside.

White Strawberry & Coconut Sparkling Water

Strawberry and coconut already make their debuts in American drinks, but Japan has a way of bringing out the best of both flavors. Genki Forest, a popular soft drink company, blended both classic flavors to create a sweet and tropical drink flavor.

Though the name says it’s sparkling water, this is definitely a soft drink that errs on the side of soda. It’s sweet, and almost dessert-like in its flavor. However, it still retains the crisp and refreshing aspects of a classic seltzer. Move over La Croix, real flavor’s in town!