Chances are when you think of 7-Eleven you think of Slurpees. In reality, 7-Eleven has been selling coffee longer than Slurpees, being the first to sell freshly brewed coffee in to-go cups in 1964.
And, neither can equal the company's sale of sodas, equal to over 45 million gallons a year. The company seems fairly proud of this. They've even done the calculations in Olympic swimming pool units, coming to a hefty 68.
Making soda at home with a SodaStream has become quite popular. Although SodaStream offers soda syrup flavors you can purchase, and there are a few other avenues for purchasing syrups, making homemade syrups is quite easy and can offer hundreds of creative options. Instead of artificial flavors, you can use real ingredients. There are several good books for the home soda enthusiast and they offer recipes both traditional and inventive. But, what if you just want to make a quick and easy fruit flavored soda similar to a grocery store brand, and you don't care about using "real" ingredients? You'll be amazed how easy it is.
Any discussion of the history of soda tends to center around the "cola wars" between Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola. Yet, other sodas and beverages not only were important competitors, but, at least in the early days, had a chance to compete with either of the soda giants, including Royal Crown Cola and Moxie. Then, there were the oddballs that sometimes attracted the attention of the major players. One of these was Yoo-Hoo, the iconic milk based non-carbonated chocolate drink made by the Yoo-Hoo Beverage Corporation. I have fond memories of Yoo-Hoo, growing up in the 1970's, and it still has a certain appeal, just milk-chocolatey enough to taste good, but watery enough to be refreshing instead of heavy. Before my time, however, there was a competitor to Yoo-Hoo, that wasn't exactly competition.
Coca-Cola is often given credit for two Christmas related accomplishments. First, Coke is said to to be the first soda brand to use images of Santa Claus in advertisements. Second, the company is claimed to have invented the modern Santa Claus look of the portly white bearded figure with rosy cheeks, a jolly smile; and a red and white costume with a black belt and boots — not to mention the Santa hat with the bob at the end.
Mountain Dew has long been a slang term for moonshine. Is it possible, then, that one of the leading soda brands in the world, Mountain Dew, now owned by Pepsi, was invoking moonshine when the name was coined? Or, was "mountain dew" meant to call up images of, well, mountains, dew, the great outdoors, and an active lifestyle like the advertising campaigns more often focus on now?
Sometime in the 1990's, rumors began circulating that Mountain Dew had some helpful or dangerous effects on your reproductive health, depending on which rumor you heard, and your perspective when you heard them. The main claim was that Mountain Dew was an effective contraceptive. All you had to do was drink it before having sex, and not pregnancy would occur.
It is almost certain that these general rumors led to belief that Mountain Dew could have the same effect whether consumed by the male, or female, but most of the specific effects claimed, regarded males, and concerned either birth control, if you're a glass half-full kind of person, or impotence, if you're of the glass half-empty persuasion. No matter what the specifics though, the rumors were believed by many teenagers, and by 1999, this information was being pass from teen to teen: "Mountain Dew is good birth control." No condemn needed!
The alcoholic beverage industry has ballooned to such and extent that there is now, more than ever, something for everyone. Those old-school American big brew drinkers, or others who will drink whatever beer is put in front of them, might dismiss the so-called 'craft beer' revolution. They and others might say that this "fad" has seen its day. And they'd be wrong.
While the standard beer market is leveling off, the craft beer market is still growing, even while beer consumption has declined. Craft beer has a good 10% of the American beer industry. That is ten percent of a $100 billion dollar industry, folks! Perhaps more. Then, we have original craft cocktails showing up on more and more restaurant/bar menus. Not to mention more whiskeys, vodkas, rums, gins, and alcoholic thingamajigs (cocktails in cans, etc.), offered in more brands and more varieties than the world has ever seen.
Since Coca-Cola was born in 1886, it has been using various advertising campaign slogans. Some of these may be familiar to you, depending on your generation, as various popular hit songs have been. For me, "Have a Coke and a Smile" is what I associate the most with Coke, as well as "It's the Real Thing." I recognize various others but they are not the ones I associate so readily, because it is the memories from childhood that really have the most power.
The first diet soda was called No-Cal Ginger Ale. It was created by Hyman Kirsch, a Russian immigrant to New York.
Kirsch founded a soft drink company in 1904 but later became the vice president of the Jewish Sanitarium for Chronic Disease, in New York City.
Although Seltzer has come to be a generic term for carbonated water, or soda water, it was originally a brand of naturally carbonated water which came from Niederselters, Germany. This naturally carbonated water was bottled and sold as far back as 1728. It was brought into the US by immigrants from Europe, and eventually came to be a generic name for carbonated water. The natural springs in the Niederselters had high carbonation with a low mineral content and became a popular beverage.
It is not uncommon for political and social groups to be the focus of urban legends. The more negative the organization's goals the more likely they will be associated with diabolical conspiracies. There is an entire urban legend genre involving rumored ties between racist organizations and companies that cater or market to the black community. The longstanding white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan, is associated with two conspiracies concerning food or beverage products.
Jic Jac is a vintage soda brand that was bottled in the 1950's by the Jic Jac Company of St. Louis, Missouri. They produced soda in multiple flavors until sometime around 1975 to 1978, although I have been unable to find any reliable documentation.
The answer to the question posed in the title is yes, or no, or maybe. Nah, you know what, let's go with yes. Today's root beer is simply a flavored soda. However, root beer was originally made much like a grain based beer. And some recipes even called for hops. Root beer was a brew, just like a beer, but whether you think it can correctly be called beer may depend on how you view the origins of the word.
An egg cream is a beverage that got its start in the New York. Just where in New York is the subject of debate. Did it originate in Brooklyn, as many claim? Or was it brought in to Brooklyn? Indeed, even the kind of establishment it was originally served in differs according to source. Was it the the Jewish deli or the Jewish candy store? Or, as seems more likely, the soda fountain? For that matter, is it a Jewish invention at all? At least we can be sure it does not contain eggs, but whether it used to contain eggs is another controversy. For that matter, it doesn't really contain cream, either. Today, the egg cream is more of a milky chocolate soda, consisting of milk, chocolate syrup, and soda water.
Cheerwine is one of those old times sodas that doesn't plan to stay old time. That is, the company plans to go nationwide, through distribution deals, like one with Pepsi in 2005. They are even going world-wide, having announced an agreement with a Norwegian firm to bottle the soda in Oslo. There has also been interest in Russia and Africa.