There’s lots to love about our drinks – and even more to learn! Use our monthly roundup of lesser-known brand facts to storm to victory at the next pub quiz.
Did you know that the first well-known artist to include the
Coca-Cola original taste was the first soft drink to be consumed in space
On its next space mission six years later, the
Fact 2: Schweppes is the oldest brand in the
The very first Schweppes soft-drink, developed in 1783, was the brain child of a Swiss watchmaker named Jacob Schweppe. A keen amateur scientist, Schweppe developed a way to put the fizz we all know and love into mineral water. Originally based in Geneva, it wasn’t long before Schweppe took his sparkling water to England, where it was used medicinally to settle upset stomachs and treat other ailments.
But it wasn’t until the 1870s that the tonic water that would become synonymous with the Schweppes brand made an appearance. Fast forward another 70 years and the brand’s famous advertising tagline ‘Schhh...Schweppes’ was coined to mimic the sound of gas escaping from a bottle as it’s opened. Today, you can choose from a whole host of Schweppes drinks including Ginger Beer, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Bitter Lemon and Lemonade.
Fact 3: FUZE Tea’s hourglass-shaped bottle was designed to remind people to take a little ‘me time’
There’s a whole world of exciting flavours out there, and we want to bottle it in every drink we make. That’s the thinking behind the flavour gurus who came up with the deliciously unexpected pairings in FUZE Tea range – and the bottle’s shape is meant to remind you to take some time out.
Mango Chamomile and Peach Hibiscus FUZE Teas blend fruit juice, botanicals and sustainably sourced tea extracts to create a refreshing taste fusion. To enjoy them at their best, pour your favourite chilled FUZE Tea over ice and add a lemon wedge, fresh mint or any other flavour twist that takes your fancy. Then sit back, sip, and savour!
Fact 4: Dr Pepper actually dates back to 1885
The recipe for Dr Pepper combines 23 fruity flavours, and dates back to 1885, when it was developed by Charles Alderton, a pharmacist in Waco, Texas. Remember the hit Dr Pepper ‘what’s the worst that could happen?’ ad campaign? It saw hapless teenage protagonists land themselves in awkward situations that left the rest of us chuckling from the safety of our sofas…
Fact 5: Our Stevia sweetener has been used in drinks for over 200 years
Worldwide, more than 30 of our drinks now use Stevia to add natural sweetness. The Stevia plant is native to Brazil and Paraguay, and is packed with chemical compounds known as steviol glycosides that give the plant extract anywhere from 30-150 times the sweetness of sugar, but without any calories.
Stevia’s all natural, too, and has been used in teas and medicines for more than 200 years. Think that’s impressive? The Guarani people of South America have been using it as a so called “sweet herb” for roughly 1,500!
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