As a DC resident, Cherry Blossom season is a yearly tradition that I know and love. Georgetown Cupcake, the pride and joy of the DC cupcake scene, is celebrating with Cherry Blossom Cupcakes, (not to mention other local eateries are offering unique cherry-blossom-themed foods), but what no knows is that we are being brutally ignored by McDonald's. The fast food company is coming out with a new ombré drink, but you can only get it in Japan.  

What We're Missing

McDonald's Japan is coming out with some limited edition beverages to celebrate the Cherry Blossoms: the McFizz Sakuranbo and McFloat Sakuranbo. The McFizz Sakuranbo is a carbonated drink made with cherry fruit (the sakuranbo). While the McFloat is similar to a root beer float, except it's made with vanilla soft serve, Satonishiki juice, and sakuranbo, reports Rocket News 24. Both drinks will be served in clear cherry decorated cups adorned with flowers and cherries.

Unfortunately, this beverage only contains 1% Satonishiki juice, so it's not a purely authentic cherry taste (but do we expect such authenticity from McDonald's?). I worry that this confection will taste cloyingly sweet in either form: McFizz or McFloat. 

Unfortunately, I don't speak a word of Japanese, so I can't understand the ad campaign above–however, I now want to go to Japan and drink this McFizz while surrounded by Cherry Blossoms. It's my current dream.

I mean, just look at the drink's Instagram potential: the colors are vibrant, the ombré is intense (even more intense than the ombré hair trend), and the vanilla soft serve looks delectable. Is this the new Starbucks pink drink? I think yes. 

If you are not in Japan, you can DIY by combining cherry soda and vanilla soft serve from the dining hall to make a McFloat. It might not be as aromatic and fancy as McDonald's version, but it's a lot cheaper.

So, I don't know if the appearance alone is worth the flight to Japan. It sure looks pretty, but I wouldn't do it #fortheinsta. I'll stick to my delicious açaì bowls to satisfy my Instagram needs for now.