A&W Root Beer

($0.75, 330ml, FairPrice)

What is it? Another sparkling sweet soda–the base for your classic root beer float.

Origins: United States

A snippet of history: A combination of the initials of the last names of Roy W. Allen and Frank Wright, founders of the A&W brand. Introduced in 1919, A&W was also one of the first american fast food chains that set up in Singapore (1968), selling the iconic root beer on tap at just 40 cents. sadly, the last outlet here closed its doors in 2003.

 

Mirinda Orange

($0.75, 330 ml, FairPrice)

What is it? Mirinda is a brand of carbonated, flavoured soft drinks, with orange being the most popular.

Origins: Spain

A snippet of history: Established in 1959, owned by Pepsico since 1970, and managed by Yeo’s in Singapore. Mirinda has extended their range of fruit flavours, with banana, grape, watermelon, and much more (not all are available in Singapore).

 

Fanta Grape

($0.70, 330ml, FairPrice)

What is it? A sparkling flavoured drink that is a product of the CocaCola Company.

Origins: Germany

A snippet of history: This fantastic beverage came about due to a trade embargo implemented in Nazi Germany, which halted the import of Coca-Cola into Germany during WW2. Max Keith, then head of Coca-Cola Deutschland, decided to create a new product for the German market using only available ingredients. Discontinued after the war, it was relaunched again in 1955 to compete with Pepsi. Now with over 100 flavours under its belt.

 

Kickapoo Joy Juice

($0.75, 325ml, FairPrice)

What is it? A citrus flavoured, fizzy drink.

Origins: United States

A snippet of history: Inspired by a fictional beverage from American satirical comic strip Li’l Abner (1934-1977), described as “a liquor of such stupefying potency that the hardiest citizens of Dogpatch, after the first burning sip, rose into the air, stiff as frozen cod fish” . However, the real world version is a carbonated, non-alcoholic soft drink introduced to Southeast Asia in 1966.

 

Green Spot Orange

($1.70, 260ml, Maple Loft)

What is it? A non-carbonated, non-caffeinated orange-flavoured soft drink.

Origins: United States

A snippet of history: Developed in 1934 using fresh ingredients to produce a quality fruit juice drink. Hard to find these days, it is still widely popular in Thailand where they introduced other flavours like lemon-lemon and honey-lemon.

 

LEE Pineapple Juice

($0.80, 325ml, Cold Storage)

What is it? A fruit juice with “no artificial colouring, no artificial flavouring and no preservatives”.

Origins: The company has its base in Singapore since 1931, with canneries and plantations in Malaysia.

A snippet of history: LEE Pineapple Co. has been in the pineapple business for over half a century. Started as a small family-owned company, it is now a recognised brand worldwide, exporting their pineapple products for more than 50 years.

 

Sinalco Special

($1, 325ml, Mui Yee at #01-78, Blk 6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza)

What is it? A mixed fruits flavoured carbonated drink–a well-known thirst quencher familiar to ’80s kids (or older).

Origins: Europe

A snippet of history: Established in 1905, Sinalco, is a combination of the Latin words “sine alcohole”  which means “without alcohol”  in English. Returning to our shelves in its 110th year history, it is the oldest non-alcoholic beverage brand of continental-Europe origin exported to more than 150 countries. Brought back by Pokka International.

 

Ice Cool Bandung
($0.85, 300ml, Sheng Shiong)
What is it? Bandung–evaporated or condensed milk paired with rose cordial, for that signature pinkish colour.
Origins: Singapore
A snippet of history: Under Sheng Sheng F&B Industries, which was established in 1985. It is a favourite beverage in Malaysia, served during Iftar in Ramadan month or at wedding receptions. The popularity spread to Singapore, where it is now commonly available everywhere.

 

Orangina

($1.45, 330ml, Cold Storage)

What is it? Orange juice made with real fruit pulp and natural orange zest.

Origins: United States

A snippet of history: Introduced in 1935, and launched overseas in 1984. the shaking motion to stir up the pulp collected at the bottom of the bottle made an impression as Orangina’s original feature.

 

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