Springtime in Japan means one thing: cherry blossom season. Also known as sakura, the cherry blossoms begin to bloom near the end of March and the season lasts for about two weeks. Every marketplace, grocery store, Seven-Eleven, and boutique carries something that includes or celebrates sakura.
One of the said sakura flavored items was the 2016 limited edition Bacardi Sakura Fizz. I’m not a fan of Bacardi, but this soft pink alcoholic beverage fit the season perfectly. I found it in a grocery store while roaming the streets on a Sunday morning in Tokyo. It felt like the perfect drink to have while walking around the cherry blossoms.
The Sakura Fizz tasted strongly of rum and I wasn’t a fan. I could barely taste the floral sakura unlike some of the other flavored drinks available at the time. The drink would have been better if it was in a mixed cocktail that boosted the floral notes or softened the alcoholic taste.
Other drinks available during this time was a limited edition Spring Red Bull, that had a true floral taste to it. Coffee shops offered pink lattes and macrobrew Asahi’s cans were pink in celebration. A bar in Nagoya even offered Sankt Gallen Sakura, a craft beer made with cherry blossom petals. Next time you’re in Japan, it’s worth trying the many limited edition sakura beverages.
Next time you’re in Japan, it’s worth trying the many limited edition sakura beverages.