Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Flavor-Aged Cola

The Cliquot Club Soda Company dates back to 1881 and was founded by Henry Millis in Massachusetts. Four years later the town of Millis, a company town for Cliquot, was established. Cliquot Club lasted until 1960 when the company was bought by Cott Corporation; five years later Cott was bought by Canada Dry. There were just too many soda brands by the 1960s for Cliquot Club to survive.

The company started out making sparkling cider but later on they moved into things like ginger ale, and, as you can see in this 1950s ad, cola, too. They prided themselves on using really good ingredients, like Jamaican ginger and Cuban sugar. This advertisement from 1912 says that the "crystal-pure spring water" used in the beverages was from Clicquot Springs. The flavors they made back then included Orange Phosphate, Root Beer, Birch Beer,Sarsaparilla and Lemon Sour (Cola came later).

In 1938 they were the first soda company to sell its drinks in cans - called cone-top cans, they were made of steel and first made in 1935. More Cliquot Club history here from the Milford Daily News. And more Cliquot Club imagery here on the Google Images search page. I tend to worry about whether I can use images, so I'm just going to send you over there to look.


3 comments:

Kath Lockett said...

The 'Clicquot' name makes me think of Verve Clicquot French champagne - one of the posher ones - which might have been their intention?

I wonder how they 'aged' the cola? An extra week in the refridgerator?

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