I guess that every early soft drink we can think of started out as a medicine, but the fact that many were still using the original recipe for many years is the surprising part! Here's the story about one of them.
Feel Good With 7-Up
Fascinating Fact: 7-Up – invented in 1920 contained Lithium – the drug commonly prescribed now to sufferers of bi-polar disorder.
The drink was originally marketed as a hangover cure – due to the inclusion of lithium citrate. It was released just a few years before the Wall Street crash of the 1920s and it was marketed under the name “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda” – quite a mouthful! The name was changed to 7-Up shortly after its release but lithium remained one of the ingredients until 1950. Some popular myths surround the name of the drink – but the name is most likely due to the original recipe containing 7 ingredients (with the “up” portion relating to the lithium) or the fact that lithium has an atomic mass of 7.
It's always fun to find out about these little tidbits of information from the past, don't you think?
Better have our coffee inside this morning, as the rain is supposed to come back today! We don't want to drink watered down coffee, right?