Lithium Was Once Part Of The 7-Up Recipe

Many people know that Coca-Cola originally contained cocaine (hence the name of the drink), but perhaps the original recipe for 7-Up is less well-known. The drink was created in 1929 two weeks before the Great Depression, and was originally called "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda." As the name implied, 7-Up originally contained the mood-stabilizing drug lithium citrate. The lithium citrate stayed in the recipe all the way until 1950. No one is super where the name 7-Up came from, but the creator jokingly once said the drink was meant to cure the seven types of hangovers experienced by humans.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The soft drink 7 Up debuted two weeks before the stock market crash of 1929. 00:12

  2. 7 Up was originally called “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda," and contained lithium. 00:26

  3. The creator of 7 Up once joked that he named it 7 Up because the drink cured the seven types of hangovers. 01:40

Written by Curiosity Staff October 30, 2015

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