When was the process of carbonation invented?

When was the process of carbonation invented?

In 1783, in Geneva and after 10 years of experimenting, Jacob Schweppe invented the first industrial process to capture and bottle bubbles, the process of carbonation.  This invention of soda water was an immediate success and was endorsed by leading doctors and sold as a treatment for a variety of ailments.

In 1851, Schweppes was the official drink of the Great Exhibition in London at Crystal Palace.  They supplied the soda water throughout the day, and the fountain situated directly at the entrance, became a fundamental part of the brand's design and has been on the packaging ever since.

1870 saw the launch of the iconic Tonic Water and Ginger Ale.  The unique taste of the tonic water was inspired by the British colonial practice of preventing malaria in India by using quinine as the antidote.  Quinine gives a bitter taste to the drink and so the British colonialists who settled in India mixed it with lime and gin.  On returning home, they continued with this practice resulting in the Gin and Tonic becoming popular in the UK.


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