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7. Mountain Dew

A lot of places claim they invented Mountain Dew, but according to the company the neon syrupy goodness was first created in Knoxville in the ’30s as a new drink to mix with whiskey.

How it all began….

Barney and Ally Hartman ran a bottling plant in Knoxville with no apparent intention to get into the extreme beverage business. They developed Mountain Dew out of thirst and country ingenuity: soda was a regional product in 1940, whiskey was (maybe) not always quite as smooth as desired, and the Hartman boys just weren’t satisfied with what they found on the market for chaser options. Their solution: develop their own, a lemon/lime soda made with real sugar, which they called “Mountain Dew,” a tongue in cheek reference to the Southern nickname for moonshine. (Source)

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