Root beer and 7 Up are carbonated, sweetened beverages with peculiar names. What root is found in root beer? Burdock? Daikon? And what does the “7” represent? Good luck?

The primary flavor of root beer was originally made using the root (or bark) of the sassafras plant. Sassafras is native to the Americas and was supposedly discovered by the Spanish in 1528.  It is believed that the word may represent a lost Native American name that sounded similar to the Spanish saxifraga.

The following are some of the herbs and spices that typically comprise a root beer formula:

There are many more.

7 Up is a brand of a lemon-lime flavored soft drink. (What does the “soft” in “soft drink” refer to? Read about that here.)

St. Louis resident Charles Leiper Grigg invented the formula in 1929 and gave it its first (unmarketable) name: Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda. Remarkably, the original formula contained the drug lithium citrate (the substance is used in the treatment of manic-depressive illness and mania.) The beverage was advertised as a cure for hangovers, and it’s still considered a folk remedy for an upset stomach.

As for the meaning behind the “7,” there are a number of guesses. According to one myth, the drink got its name because it lacked a pH over seven, which isn’t true. Another claim says that there were only seven ingredients in the drink, while another says that the original bottle was seven ounces.

What do you think?


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  1. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 19, 2013 - 6:14 am

    Maybe 7 was his favorite number. Altho Kristen is probably right…
    I already knew that root beer came from sassafras roots. But I never knew chocolate was in root beer. I love, love, love chocolate. <3 St. John's Wort is a natural herbal remedy for all kinds of things. I thought sarsaparilla was a kind of candy. The Warrior cats use burdock root to treat rat bites. (Warrior cats rule! Go ThunderClan! If someone turned me into a cat forever, I'd go and join ThunderClan. Cinderpelt/Cinderheart is my favorite Warrior cat.)

  2. Kristen -  October 18, 2012 - 7:41 pm

    The 7th element in the periodic table is lithium therefore since 7up contained lithium that’s where the 7 was derived from

  3. Ferret -  November 13, 2010 - 8:56 pm

    The name 7 up may have originated from the game…but perhaps not. Does anyone know which came first?

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