Get Your Moxie!
One of the more popular drinks in Maine and some of the other New England states is a soda called Moxie. I had never had Moxie before so when we went to a diner and it was on the menu I just had to try it.
Moxie was one of the first mass-produced soft drinks offered in the U.S. According to an article on Wikipedia, it originated in 1876 as a medicine called “Moxie Nerve Food” and was to be used for paralysis, insomnia, nervousness, and other ailments. It’s originator, Dr. Augustin Thompson allegedly named it after a friend of his, Lieutenant Moxie.
After my first couple sips of Moxie I was not impressed but the taste grew on me and by the time we left we were stopping at a grocery story and getting a 24-pack for the road. The flavor is unique. Jen said it tasted like Dr. Pepper and Robitussin. I think it’s a blend of Dr. Pepper and Coke. It’s not as sweet as some sodas and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste in your throat after each swallow. The interesting flavor and aftertaste come from the special ingredient, gentian root extract.
Gentian root is used for flavoring in other drinks too, mainly brews and liqueurs in Europe.
It’s not a flavor for everyone and I think it’s one of those drinks you have to acquire a taste for . . . but I like it.
Have you ever tried Moxie? If so, what’d you think?
Moxie isn’t available everywhere but if you want to try it you can order it on Amazon here.