Three American Soda cans, specifically A&W Root beer, diet A&W root beer and Canada Dry soda

American drinks have the biggest selection of flavours the world has ever seen. From Iced Tea to Hawaiian Punch, and every other drink in between, America sure knows how to create a taste sensation! But, out of all the amazing drinks you can get across the pond, it’s soda that really takes the trophy.

What do you really know about American soda, though? Other that the fact it tastes amazing, that is? If your answer is ‘not much’, never fear, we are here to treat your taste-buds AND your brain with 3 fantastic facts about these fabulously fizzy American drinks!

(For some more general facts about American Food, why not check out this?!)

Fizzy American drinks were first created to be used as medicine

Did you know that soda was originally made to compete with naturally sparkling mineral water? The spring water was thought to cure all sorts of illnesses and ailments from stomach-ache to alcoholism and so much more! So, in the 1700’s inventors attempted to recreate this by mixing water with bicarbonate of soda and acid. However, it wasn’t until the 1800’s that flavours were added to this fizzy water and the classic American drinks were invented!

The industry expanded at a rapid pace; by the 1860’s people were calling it ‘pop’. Then, by the 1880’s Coca-Cola – the world’s biggest American drinks brand – was created.

You drink more Coca-Cola than you think

If someone was to ask you to name a brand of fizzy American drinks, Coca-Cola would be the first one that comes into your head, right? Well, there’s a reason for that. Coca-Cola is the most widely distributed product on the planet!

“If all the Coca-Cola bottles in the world were laid end to end they would reach the moon and back more than 1,677 times”

Since its humble beginning, Coca-Cola has reached plenty of new heights. As a matter of fact, it was even the first soft drink to go into space! And, they now market over 3,500 different American drinks! Brands like Fanta, Sprite, and even Oasis are all owned by the super-company. So, next time you’re sipping your pop or water (yep, they even own Glaceau Water!) look and see if it’s really Coca-Cola that you’re drinking!

How many flavours?!

Everyone knows American drinks have some of the best flavours in the world, but there are plenty more weird and wonderful flavours of soft drinks around the world! For example, Japan has salty watermelon, wasabi, and curry flavoured soda to name a few. Other flavours from all over the globe include onion, black garlic, and grass jelly! But, if you’re after something a little more appealing, American soda is where it’s at. From grape to ginger and everything in between, there’s bound to be a flavour out there for you!

One of the best classic American drink flavours out there has to be Root Beer though. Dating back to the 1890’s, Root Beer is a delicious, creamy, quintessentially American soda. It’s a well-loved drink, with brands like A&W being firm favourites across the country.

So, there you have it! Three fascinating facts about American soda! If this has got you feelin’ thirsty, why not check out all the delicious drinks we have on our website? Don’t forget about our current 3 for 2 deal!