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The delight of sweet beverages

Sweet beverages have been appreciated all over the world and throughout history. In Sweden, interest in soft drinks has risen as more brands have become available.

Today, soft drinks can be carbonated or non-carbonated, with or without calories. New flavors are added every year, some remain and some are modified. Soft drinks generally taste best when they are enjoyed cold.

The modern carbonated soft drink actually traces its heritage to a Swedish 18th century invention by the internationally renowned chemist Jöns Jacob Berzelius. Berzelius mixed carbonated water with spice extracts, juices and wine, and experimented with different flavors.

Well-known Swedish soft drink brands such as Champis, Pommac, Loranga and Trocadero were made popular during the first half of the 20th century, when Sweden imposed harsh regulations on alcoholic beverages. Today, cola and orange soft drinks are the most popular – but in Christmas and Easter, their hegemony is challenged by must, a characteristic Swedish soft drink which has become a cultural institution on holiday dinner tables in Sweden.

Must is derived from viking age beverages, but the modern must extract recipe was developed in the late 19th century by Harry Roberts, who wanted to come up with a non-alcoholic alternative to christmas beer. The details of the recipe is secret, but it includes malt, hops, spices and herbs.