Canada Dry Ginger Ale

QUESTION:  Where did Canada Dry open a factory in 1919?
A)  Toronto
B)  Winnipeg
C)  Montreal
D)  Manhattan

The year was 1890, and the soda industry was just beginning to take off.  Coca-Cola started selling their "soft" drink (as opposed to "hard" liquor) in 1885, the same year that Dr. Pepper began production, while Pepsi would become a thing in 1893 as "Brad's Drink."    One thing all three of them have in common is that they began in the United States - Atlanta, Georgia; Waco, Texas, and New Bern, North Carolina respectively.  But Canada Dry Ginger Ale was different.  As their name implies, they are from Mexico.  Just kidding.  They're really from Canada - Enniskellan, Ontario to be exact.  They were the brainchild of John J. McLaughlin, a successful chemist and pharmacist - and yes, those two career paths complemented each other well back in 1890.  John was the son of Robert McLaughlin, whose fame arose out of founding the McLaughlin Carriage and Motor Car Company (which would eventually be absorbed with GM, but that's another story), and his ginger ale stood out at the time for not being too sweet.  In fact, it was an excellent compliment to hard liquor.

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Prohibition occurred in Canada and the United States during the same general time, which proved to be a boon for McLaughlin and his Canada Dry Ginger Ale.  Its flavor helped mask the often poor quality of homemade liquors and, during the 1930's, the company went worldwide. It then branched out into numerous different brands during the Fifties, before being bought out in the next decade.  Lots of buyouts, selling, and confusing business transactions within the soft drink world later, and Canada Dry is currently owned by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, which was spun off from Cadbury Schweppes a few years ago.  We do not recommend trying to figure out who owns what but, if you really want to know, follow the bubbles....

ANSWER:  D)  Manhattan