Thursday, April 30, 2009

Moxie Cream Soda: A Taste of Maine

143 years ago in Lowell Massachusetts, a physician named Augustin Thompson created Moxie Cream Soda in his barn. Thompson left his thriving medical practice to develop and market his patent medicine as a "nerve tonic." Moxie Cream soda was rumored to cure ailments from softening of the brain to losing your manhood.

Today, Moxie is distributed in limited quantities in New England as a subsidiary of the Coca Cola Company and remains popular with Mainards. Every summer, the town of Lisbon Maine celebrates Moxie's contributions to the state of Maine with the Moxie Festival. Here is a video of Frank describing Moxie's infamous aftertaste.

Upon asking fellow Colby students if they liked Moxie, they almost always responded, "Nahh, but my dad loves that shit."

Recently, Moxie has gained popularity in Maine and Connecticut because of its mixability with spirits, here are some of my favorite recipes taken from this forum;

The “Welfare Mom”, which consists of equal parts Diet Moxie and Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy,

The Vijay", which consists of equal parts of Moxie and blended American Whiskey,

The “County Girl”, a drink made up of one part bourbon whiskey and two parts Moxie on the rocks, with an optional lime garnish.

If any of this sound good, you can buy Moxie on line here, or better yet call some small grocery store in Waterville like the Big Apple and ask them to ship a case to you.

Thanks to Mr. Rodney Corey for the tip.

Here are some more links,
Moxie Soda: A Taste of Maine (Picasa),
Hometown Favorites: Moxie,
Moxie (Wiki),
Moxie Festival.


brandon sargent said...

you made my day. i love moxie- it reminds me of hot summer days on cape cod as a kid. i dont think i've ever seen it for sale down here though.


Foster Huntington said...

I am glad i could help conjure those memories.

Jamoo said...

Strangely, simple pictures of pop cans might be my favourite post on A.R.T.

When I was growing up in Nova Scotia, we had 'Cape Breton Brew'. It was dark, like Coke, and had a bare white label with black print. It was delicious. I think it was also referred to as 'Iron Brew', but was world's apart from the orange 'Iron Bru' you can sometimes find.

Anonymous said...

This is great! I'm a huge fan of regional soft drinks. Had Moxie once as a kid at my grandmother's house in MA. Didn't make it to the third sip. Going to try again this summer and follow Frank's advice.

Some of my favorites are Ale-8-One ( from Winchester, KY and Nehi Peach from GA. If you are in Winchester you can even buy Ale-8 in still warm returnable bottles (some are ancient and have been 'customized' by generations of drinkers).


p.s. Ever end up staying at the Norumbega Inn?

Enzo AGC said...

I heard you are swinging by the office tomorrow with JP. Looking forward to meeting you.

Foster Huntington said...

I stayed in the inn acouple weeks ago with my pops. It was amazing.

Foster Huntington said...

I look forward to meeting you tomorrow, it should be fun.

Foster Huntington said...

you should check out, its right up your alley,

Jacob Wijnberg said...

They sell Moxie up here at Dartmouth. I had one a few weeks ago, thought about throwing it away after the first sip but had already paid and felt guilty, so I ended up finishing the whole thing. Never realized it was only in New England

Horrible Old Man said...

The thing with moxie is that it tastes good till you get the aftertaste, I think it's to make you keep buying more. I can't stand it but many of my fellow mechanics love it.

Foster Huntington said...

i have to admit that i dont like how Moxie tastes, but the story is just too good not to appreciate it.

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