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McDonald’s ramune McShake: Summery, sweet and nostalgic

by Patrick St. Michel

Contributing Writer

Summer 2020 is shaping up to be more of a disappointment than anyone expected. But there are still small steps you can take to have some safe warmer-weather fun.

On May 20, in collaboration with sweets maker Morinaga, McDonald’s Japan released a new ramune-flavored McShake. The drink (¥120 for a small, ¥200 for a medium) is available for a limited time at the temporarily-take-out-only (at least in Kanto) chain, and is a creamy take on the candy version of the citrusy soda.

This creation brings to mind another McDonald’s spring staple, the Shamrock Shake — complete with a subtle mint taste. And while this twist on the original ramune soda isn’t completely authentic, it is refreshing. A somewhat fitting flavor for a season that’s going to feel familiar, but be just off.

In line with the nationwide state of emergency declared on April 16, the government is strongly requesting that residents stay at home whenever possible and refrain from visiting bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.
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