Oooooooooookay.... I have now read all 17 flipping pages..... Here's my notes on the fascinating thread!
It's called POP
! At least in my lexicon.
Fave sodea from childhood-- Cotton Club
from Cleveland, Ohio. Makers of Hillbilly Juice
In an Iowa City minimarket in 1978, I found a dusty six-pack of 12-ounce bottles. The holder said SunDrop
but the bottles were from different decades-- Golden Girl
, Golden Sun
, Golden Cola
, and finally Sundrop
. Near as I can tell, this was the original "opaque lemon/lime plus caffeine" soda pop. Hillbilly Juice, Mountain Dew, Mellow Yellow
(man, what a contradiction that name is!), and the 1964 specialty drink Goldwater
were all copies of this.
About this time, Shweppes Beverages tried their own Sundrop clone, Rondo
. Rondo had a sharper taste that Mountain Dew and was clearly aimed at the adult male market. "Rondo! Slams down thirst!"
In the early 90s, I was fond of a Chicago soda, Dr Bob's Vitamin Enriched Tangerine Soda
. How many pops gave you your daily requirement of ZINC?!?!? And tasted dang good, too! YooHoo
and Chocolate Soldier
were variations on the deli drink the "Egg Cream" which is chocolate sauce in seltzer. There is no egg, no dairy, and thus the drink could be drunk at a Kosher deli. I was surprised that coffee shops aimed at 20-somethings and teenagers have revived YooHoo. Guess it goes well with coffee (whichj I don't drink).
Cheeswit-- I agree, Grapefruit sodas were more adult as they were more tart. As a kid I used to drink Wink or Squirt for the novelty or to pretend to be adult.
Skyeblue-- I used to drink New York Seltzer a lot. It lacked the stickiness of regular pop and thus didn't cause me to get congested.