NAPS News Service
love affair with soft drinks dates back to the late 1700s. At the time, it
was believed that mineral waters bubbling up from natural springs could
cure everything from arthritis to indigestion. It was discovered the
bubbles fizzing in these waters were simple carbon dioxide. Soon
afterwards, scientists perfected a way of producing man-made carbonated
this invention, pharmacists began experimenting with the bubbly water
to determine what types of healthful concoctions they could
develop. They combined the water with a multitude of ingredients from
birch bark to dandelions. And while no
miracle cures were developed, some very interesting flavors and
tastes were discovered, including root beer, ginger ale and sarsaparilla.
These popular flavors combined with carbonated water led to the
invention of today’s favorite sodas.
best known soft drinks have been around for quite a while and are fondly
etched in our culture and memories,” said John Sicher, editor and
publisher of Beverage Digest. “These products-and the music and imagery
that are part of their heritage-have been warming our hearts and quenching
our thirsts for decades or longer.”
the next two years, several of America’s favorite brands will be
celebrating milestone birthdays – including Sunkist Orange Soda, which
turns a robust 25 years old in 2003, and granddaddy Canada Dry Ginger Ale,
which hits the big 100 in 2004.
you up to snuff when it comes to the
history of your favorite soft drinks? Test your knowledge with this
What grapefruit-flavored soft drink did Herb Bishop create during
the Great Depression? a. Crush; b.
Squirt; c. Sunkist; d. Stewart’s.
What soft drink brand was onboard the Gemini 9 space flight? The
astronauts used it to mix their dry foods. a. Canada Dry; b. 7 UP; c.
Hawaiian Punch; d. IBC Root Beer.
What soft drink was created by the General Cinema Corporation in
1978? a. Welch’s; b. Dr Pepper; c. Canada Dry; d. Sunkist Orange Soda.
What did Hawaiian Punch’s beloved mascot Punchy do in 1992? a. He
served as a goodwill ambassador to the
United Nations; b. Punchy had an unsuccessful bid for President;
5. Launched in 1958, what was the first diet soft drink? a. Diet 7 UP; b. Diet RC Cola; c. Diet Rite; d. Diet A&W Root Beer