I'll admit that on New Year's Eve, most people aren't thinking about drinking soda pop, but that's what I'm talking about today. For many years Coke was my go-to drink, but in my effort to lose weight, I gave it up except for on rare occasions. The history of pop is rather interesting. Did you know that both Dr. Pepper and Rootbeer were invented by pharmacists?
1798—The term “soda water” was first used
1810—The first U.S. patent for the manufacture of mineral waters was issued
1819—The first soda fountain was patented
1835—The first bottled soda water was available in the U.S.
Note: The drinking of mineral water was considered a healthy practice. American pharmacists, who were selling most of the mineral waters, started to add medicinal and other flavorful herbs to the unflavored beverage, such as birch bark, dandelion, sarsaparilla, and fruit extracts.
1851—ginger ale was created in Ireland
1861—the term “pop” was first used
Just imagine, all of that happened before the Civil War had ended. It makes me thirsty just thinking about it.
1876—Mass production of Root Beer began. It started out as an herbal tea that Charles Hires, a Philadelphia pharmacist, created on his honeymoon.
1881—The first cola beverage was introduced
1885—Dr. Pepper was invented, also by a pharmacist
1892—William Painter invented the crown bottle cap
1899—The first patent is issued for a glass-blowing machine to produce glass bottles.
Vickie McDonough is an award-winning author of over 50 books and novellas. Vickie’s books have won the Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, Texas Gold, and the ACFW Noble Theme contest, and she has been a multi-year finalist in ACFW’s BOTY/Carol Award contest. Vickie series include the Texas Boardinghouse Brides, Land Rush Dreams, and Pioneer Promises. Vickie and her husband live in Oklahoma. She is a wife of forty-eight years, mother of four grown sons, and grandma to a smart and pretty high school senior. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, traveling, and card-making. To learn more about Vickie’s books, visit her website: www.vickiemcdonough.com