You might have heard of Dr Pepper, a soft drink especially popular in the South. It actually predates Coke as one of the first soft drinks in the US. Created in the early 1880s and marketed nationally in 1904, Dr Pepper was marketed as a delicious way to keep your energy up throughout the day.
What you might not know, however, is that in the 60s - to boost sales in the cold winter months - it was marketed as a hot beverage to warm your rattling bones. Growing up in the south, my grandmother offered hot Dr Pepper to warm us up, cure our headaches, and soothe sore throats during the winter and summer alike (We only have two seasons in Arkansas. Hot and Ice storm.)
It may sound weird, but it is actually still popular in places all over the south. Especially Texas, where Dr Pepper was created. So this holiday season, try something new (or old)! Hot Dr Pepper is usually served with lemon, but you can also make a "Boomer" - which is Hot Dr Pepper with a bit of rum. Here is the recipe for this delightful and easy "winter warmer":
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