12 Things You Didn’t Know About 7-Up (Slideshow)
7-Up can be used in baking to make your cake light and fluffy: popular recipes include 7-Up-infused pound cake, biscuits, buttercream sugar cookies, pie crust, fruit salads, and brownie glaze.
Even crazier, 7-Up has been featured in plenty of savory recipes: everything from basting a turkey to marinating pork chops to stir frying shrimp. We can’t vouch for the tastiness of these culinary concepts, but they do exist.
The drink contained Lithium Citrate until 1950. Yup, the same pharmacalogical lithium that’s used to treat people with bipolar disorder. Sounds like a great thing to give to kids, right?
Back then, though, it wasn’t exactly a kids’ drink. Originally, the soda was sold as a hangover cure.
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7-Up cultivated a countercultural air in the late 1960’s and '70's, and the "Uncola" enjoyed renewed popularity.
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The original name of 7-Up was "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda." Rolls trippingly off the tongue, doesn’t it?
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The new name may be shorter, but it’s actually no less weird: the reason for the shortened name "7-Up" remains unknown, but popular theories include: the drink originally contained 7 ingredients, the beverage was sold in 7-ounce bottles, or that lithium has an atomic mass of 7.
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There's a knockoff version popular in India called "7th Up."
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The nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest filed a lawsuit against 7-Up's parent company, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, for manufacturing healthy-seeming "antioxidant" flavors, including Cherry Antioxidant, Pomegranate Antioxidant, and Mixed Berry Antioxidant. The company agreed to stop producing the beverages.
7-Up is available in the flavor "Yerba Buena" in the country of Colombia.
While the famed documentary series has no ties to the soda, Director Michael Apted directs an ongoing documentary entitled The Up Series that follows the real lives of 14 British citizens. Started when the participants were 7 years old, the first film was entitled Seven Up! and was directed by Paul Almond. Apted now catches up with these subjects and create a new documentary about their lives every 7 years. The most recent film was 56 Up, which premiered in 2012.
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The original slogan, "You Like It, It Likes You" became "The Fresh Up Family Drink" following the removal of lithium from the product. Since then, the drink has had a slew of slogans, most eyebrow-raisingly, "Make 7 Up Yours," which featured t-shirts that had "Make 7" emblazoned on the front and "Up Yours" in big letters on the back.