Ice.BOX Facts

  • Coca-Cola has been associated with the Olympics since the summer games in Amsterdam in 1928.
  • On average every year, a  child will consume 500 cans of soft drinks.
  • Pepsi holds the distinction of having broadcast the first advertising jingle across the United States in 1940. It was based on the fact that Pepsi-Cola at the time sold in 12-ounce bottles compared to all other brands that had 6-ounce bottles, and at the same price.
  • Drinking just 5 glasses of water every day decreases the risk of bladder, breast, and colon cancers by 50%, 79%, and 45%, respectively.
  • Vikings used the skulls of their enemies as drinking vessels.
    If you drop a raisin into a glass of champagne it will repeatedly bounce from the top of the glass to the bottom. 
  • The font for the Coca-Cola logo is known as “Spencerian Script”.
  • The first patent for a corkscrew was awarded in 1860 to Samuel Henshall.
  • It is prohibited to get a fish drunk in Ohio, USA.
  • White wine gets darker as it ages while red wine gets lighter.
  • McDonald’s restaurants in several European countries have alcoholic drinks on their menu.
  • The first soft drink in the United States was Vernors Ginger Ale, which was introduced in 1866.
  • In 2001 soft drink sales in the United States amounted to US$60 billion.
  • The fear of addiction to alcohol is known as methyphobia. Sufferers of this fear experience undue anxiety about addiction to alcohol and the effect this addiction can have on their bodies.
  • Fear of alcohol is termed dipsophobia – a word derived from the Greek “dipsa” (thirst) and “phobos” (fear).
  • An abnormal or insatiable craving for alcohol is known as dipsomania.
  • It takes about 600 grapes to make a single bottle of wine.
  • Fanta was invented in Nazi Germany during World War II as an alternative to Coke by the local bottling company when the United States restricted exporting the Coca Cola syrup to the country.
  • When Mountain Dew was first introduced in 1948, the bottles featured hillbillies on them. This persisted until 1973.
  • Cuba and Panama were the first two countries outside the United States to bottle Coca-Cola.
  • Drinking alcohol in moderation reduces the risk of heart disease by an average of about 40%.
  • Taurine, the key ingredient of Red Bull, was first found in the bile of an ox.
  • It is estimated that every bottle of champagne contains 49 million bubbles.
  • The name for the black currant-flavoured soft drink Ribena is taken from the botanical name for the black currant: Ribes nigrum.
  • The fear of vomiting is known as emetophobia.
  • Drinking beer from a bucket while sitting on a street curb in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, is illegal.
  • There are more than 70 different flavours of Fanta worldwide and it is most popular in Brazil.
  • Coca-Cola was originally green when it was first introduced in 1886 by Dr. John Styth Pemberton.
  • The flavour of Dr. Pepper constitutes a blending of 23 different flavours and the exact formula is a well-guarded secret.
  • During the height of her popularity, Lara Croft, the fictional heroine of the Tomb Raider video game series, was a representative of the energy drink Lucozade.
  • Aquaphobia is the fear of water.
  • In 1940s California it was illegal to serve alcohol to homosexuals.
  • Kool-Aid is the official soft drink of Nebraska, USA.
  • Sprite was originally a flavour of Fanta called Fanta Klare Zitrone, meaning “Clear Lemon Fanta” in German.

Four classic drinks

Margarita: A fresh mix of lime juice and tequila, with a hint of sweetener:

– 60ml white tequila
– 30ml Cointreau
– 30ml fresh lime juice
– Salt for the rim

Since this recipe includes fresh juice, it should be shaken. Serve over ice in a glass with a salted rim.

Cosmopolitan: A spin on the martini .

– 60ml citrus vodka
– 30ml Cointreau
– 15ml fresh lime juice
– 15ml cranberry juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with lime zest.

The Moscow Mule: one of the most refreshing things to sip on a hot summer day. Its suggested vessel, a copper mug, also just looks good.

– 60ml vodka
– 180ml ginger beer
– 15ml fresh lime juice

Squeeze lime juice into a  Moscow Mule mug. Add two or three ice cubes, pour in the vodka, and fill with cold ginger beer. Stir and serve.

Martini: Whether you make it with gin or vodka, stirred is the way to go.

– 60ml gin or vodka
– 15ml dry vermouth
– Lemon peel
– Green olive/s

Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled Martini glass. Squeeze oil from lemon peel into the glass and garnish with olives.