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Lamune or Ramune Soda?

Popular Ramune SodaSummer is just around the corner and Asian Food Grocer has just what you need to quench your thirst, Japanese Ramune Soda! These incredibly iconic marble topped sodas are very popular in Japan during the warm summer months. Because they were so popular over there, they essentially exploded on the scene here in America. But what is a Ramune? You may be asking yourself this question if you happen live under a rock... or in a cave. So, let us give you the 411 on these fantastically fizzy fountain drinks. 

Ramune is a carbonated soft drink straight from the Land of The Rising Sun. The word "Ramune" is actually derived from the sound of the English word "Lemonade." As you may know, there is no "L" in the Japanese language. To compensate, the letter "R" is substituted in its place. Therefore Lemonade turns into Ramune! There are tons of flavors too. Here at AsianFoodGrocer.com we carry Original (it taste kind of like a bubble gummy lemon limey flavor), Strawberry, Lychee, Orange, Blueberry, Watermelon, Green Apple, Yuzu (Japanese Grapefruit), Muscat Grape, Raspberry, Pineapple, and more! We have 21 flavors in all, including our must try novelty flavor, Curry! Other novelty flavors include Beef Teriyaki, Wasabi, Octopus, and more. Another strikingly unique quality of these fabulous beverages is its oddly shaped bottle.

Known as the Codd-neck bottle, it was actually invented in Europe in the late 1800s by Hiram Codd. Around 1876, Lemonade and the Codd-necked bottled were both imported to Japan at the same time, making them linked with one another. Instead of using a cork or a bottle top, Codd-neck bottles use a glass marble and a rubber gasket as it was believed, at the time, to be able to contain high pressure carbonated drinks better than conventional methods. During the container's construction, the glass is pinched into a special shape to prevent the marble from falling deep into the bottle. This causes the marble to rattle around like a wind chime as the beverage is consumed, making the drink very well loved by children. To make sure that the marbles have a good seal, the bubbly liquid is pumped into the bottles upside down so that the weight and the pressure formed by the expanding CO2 pushes the marble tight against the seal. On the outside of the bottle there are two dimples, giving the bottle its "alien head" appearance (we think it looks more like an octopus). The two depressions in the bottle aren't just for decoration, they act as barriers to keep the marble from rolling back into the opening of the bottle, making it easier to drink from. Although there is a blockade to stop the marble, it still takes a bit of skill to drink from the ramune bottle. Shoot, it takes some skill just to open it!

Ramune Soda FlavorsIt can be a little tricky to open a Ramune Soda. What you want to do is remove the white plastic wrapper from around the top of the bottle. Important: DO NOT THROW AWAY THE GREEN PLASTIC CIRCLE! Or else you will have a very hard time opening the bottle. Punch out the plastic plunger from the perforated ring it's attached to, place it in the hole in the thick plastic mouthpiece, and use it to push the marble down into the bottle with gentle yet firm pressure. As soon as you hear the pop sound of the soda opening, remove your hand quickly. If you're not used to opening Ramune, make sure you've got a towel handy because your Ramune may fuzz out of the bottle. Drink chilled, and enjoy!

12 Comments

suraya said:

too bad it has high fructose corn syrup, or else i'd be buying them regularly.

Unfortunately Ramune does carry a bit of high fructose corn syrup, which the careful dieter will drink in moderation. However, one of our favorite all natural drinks is coconut water. It's a great replacement for your sodas and energy drinks. You can check out our blog about it if you're interested. We recommend it to anyone who loves to drink sweet stuff, but is trying to stay healthy at the same time.

http://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/blog/2011/09/the-taste-of-nirvana.html

Sierra said:

What is the piont of the marble is it just for laughs?

Pretty much. It's a great way to seal in the carbonation, and if the drink falls over, it's supposed to help prevent the soda from spilling out, but mostly it's just a really fun addition to your drink. It's a lot of fun seeing people struggling with it for the first time, and it's even better watching people try to get the marble out of the bottle.

Taki said:

It does help with keeping the soda, but there is a bit of leaking when it tips so you might lose a drop or two, and they suggest not taking the marble our because you can harm yourself. A friend of mine broke one open and had to get stitches. So if you do attempt to get it out don't break it.

Samyueru-kun said:

I'd like to know what curry-lavored ramune is like. Seems tempting.

I remember trying regular Japanese curry (which I bought at a regular grocery store) and it tasted fine; must've been the flavor of mild spiciness.

Well Curry Ramune is different, that's for sure. It has a weird contrast of soda texture and nose/aroma of curry and spice. It's definitely one to try, or convince friends to try ;)

Keep posted to our Ramune section because we will be bringing in other new flavors like Teriyaki, Kimchi, and La-yu!!!

Mai said:

When was Ramune first introduced in the U.S?

Parker Knight said:

I am going to Japan next month and I will for sure bring the bottles back! I actually collect all bottles that I get, unless it is the same flavor, but even if it is the same flavor, as long as the bottle design is different I'll keep it. I REALLY wanna try these weird flavors like octopus and curry and terriyaki! So excited for my trip and all the foods and drinks (also besides ramune) I will get to try!

nah said:

hi um asian food grocer I need to correct you Sangaria a brand you don't carry does in fact have real sugar no hfcs selection

Elic said:

I would love to order some Ramune but I'm a tad concerned about shipping..I read that it does not cover broken products, and I don't wanna buy a bulk order and have it arrive all broken or exploded and lose out on money....

That is an excellent concern. Especially because Ramune Soda are glass bottles being shipped by FedEx. In regards damages in transit, we have very few claims to FedEx, and when we do, the customer is always taken care of; weather we refund or reship you products. The only time you should worry about shipping Ramune is in the winter when the cold can freeze the contents and shatter the glass. But, that does not happened often either. You should have complete confidence in purchasing sodas in the summer :)

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