Here are some interesting facts when it comes to Pop and juice.


Colas became popular worldwide after pharmacist John Pemberton invented Coca-Cola in 1886. His non-alcoholic recipe was inspired by the coca wine of pharmacist Angelo Mariani, created in 1863. Modern colas usually contain caramel color, caffeine and sweeteners such as sugar or high fructose corn syrup.  It sold for 5cents a glass.

John McLaughlin, a Canadian pharmacist, invented the modern Canada Dry version of Ginger Ale in 1907. McLaughlin graduated from the University of Toronto in 1885 with a Gold Medal in Pharmacy.

Tonic water’s story begins two centuries earlier, in 1638. The wife of the Spanish Viceroy in Peru, the Countess of Chinchon, had fallen violently ill with malaria. Her husband begged the local Incas for an antidote. In a show of generosity, the Incas instructed her to drink a potion containing the ground bark of the native “Quinquina" tree, which grew on the slopes of the Andes. The potion worked and she quickly recovered.

What do Santa and Oranges have in common? Santa Claus originates from his Dutch "brother" Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas is celebrated in the Netherlands at Dec 5. Like Santa, he brings the children presents AND oranges!

In the UK, Lucozade Energy was originally introduced in 1929 as a hospital drink for "aiding the recovery;" in the early 1980s, it was promoted as an energy drink for "replenishing lost energy."

Pharmacist Charles Elmer Hires was the first to successfully market a commercial brand of root beer. Hires developed his root tea made from sassafras in 1875, debuted a commercial version of root beer at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876, and began selling his extract.

Iced tea had started to appear in the USA during the 1860s. Seen as a novelty at first, during the 1870s it became quite widespread. Not only did recipes appear in print, but iced tea was offered on hotel menus, and was on sale at railroad stations.

Though it’s mainly known as a non-alcoholic beverage today, punch was invented as a beer alternative in the 17th century by men working the ships for the British East India Company.

Early soda fountains were huge - with "pump rooms", ice chests, and tanks of sulfuric acid that occasionally swallowed unlucky workers. A popular design consisted of a lead lined chamber where sulphuric acid and calcium carbonate (thus the "soda") were mixed together to produce carbon dioxide. The gas was purified and then sent to a tank of cooled water. This tank was shaken, for up to an hour, to help the carbon dioxide dissolve into the water. Eventually the carbonated water was piped to a dispensing tap.