What is Ramune Soda?

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Ramune soda (ラムネ) is a non-alcoholic carbonated beverage that contains in its container balls of gude that serve as a lid. Like cider, it is a type of "refrigerant" made in Japan.

Ramune is a drink made from the addition of lemon, lime and sugar flavors to carbonated water. Its name refers to the English word lemonade, as the drink was originally imported from the United Kingdom.

In this article we will learn a little more about the history of this drink that has become so popular, we will see how ramune is produced and what are the differences between soda, ramune and cider.

The History of Ramune

Around the end of the Shogunate Tokugawa (1603-1868) ramune was brought to Nagasaki and Yokohama, and was later made in Japan. & Nbsp; At first the ramune came using a cork, as well as champagne and some sparkling wines today.

 However, as carbonic acid came out easily, a method was created in the United Kingdom in which a ball was placed in contact with the air pressure inlet of carbonic acid, from which it became the common format of the ramune bottle.

Around 1890 both the beverage and the bottle with this format were imported to Japan. After this period, the manufacture of bottles of ramune in the country began, which made its popularization possible.

It is uncertain whose real identity was the first person to have manufactured and marketed the beverage in Japan. As there is not much specific information about it, Katsugoro Chiba is generally considered to be the first to produce and sell ramune on Japanese soil.  

Katsugoro's request for a license to open the ramune factory was registered on May 4, 1872 by the Japanese government. The date was later instituted as "Ramune Day" by the Japan Soft Drink Association.

O que é ramune soda? - ramune bebida

How is Ramune Made?

The ramune bottle is covered with gude balls. This manufacturing process is a bit difficult to explain, but we will strive to clarify it in the simplest way possible.

The syrup is first injected into the bottle (the taste of lemonade). Then, carbonated water is blown into it with an exhaust so that the air that was in the bottle comes out. 

When the air that was inside is released and the bottle is already filled with carbonated water, the bottle is turned upside down. 

Then the balls of gude fall into the mouth of the bottle and the gasified water under pressure pushes the balls against the mouth of the rubber to form a cork.

There is a narrowing in the ramune bottle that prevents the gude balls from falling to the bottom of the bottle, when the bottle is turned upside down, the gude balls are thrown into the mouth of the bottle.

O que é ramune soda? - ramune imagens

What is the Difference Between Water like Gas, Ramune and Cider?

Both the refrigerant, ramune and cider are all carbonated beverages whose main characteristic is the effervescent sensation caused by carbonic acid. These are drinks with a refreshing flavor, which makes them indispensable in the summer.

But, in spite of being very similar drinks, they possess some differences, and we shall see some of those differences between those carbonated drinks;

Water with gas

Sparkling water is a drink that generally does not use flavorings so it is tasteless and odorless, and gives a warm feeling when drunk.

 It is widely used as a raw material for the manufacture of ramune and cider, but in a broader sense it can refer to all carbonated drinks, including ramune and soda.

As sparkling water generally has no flavors or mixtures, it is often consumed mixed with alcohol or juice. In the past, sparkling water was made from baking soda. Now, the common method is to saturate carbon dioxide with water to make carbonic acid.

O que é ramune soda? - ramune
O que é ramune soda?

Cider

Cider is a carbonated refrigerant with aromas of lime and lemon, but originally it was a carbonated drink with apple flavor. In the Meiji Period the Mitsuya Cider was launched as an apple flavored soft drink, it is known as the first cider in Japan.

As we have seen the flavor of cider and ramune used to be different. & Nbsp; Cider would have originally had the taste of apple and ramune would have distinguished itself by the lemon and lemon flavor.

Despite this, the lemon flavor was born with cider, and has now become indistinguishable from ramune. & Nbsp; Today, both ramune and cider have various variations in flavor, and there is no clear difference.

The two drinks also had different bottle sizes. & Nbsp; The cider had a long, round bottle with a crown and a stopper that served as a lid. which serves as a fall buffer.

 However, today we have a large variety of bottles and other containers, which makes it difficult to distinguish them. So the biggest difference between drinks is the presence of gude balls in the bottle.