The United States of Soft Drinks

In 1998, Nebraska set a precedent for all other U.S. states when it formally declared Kool-Aid to be the state soft drink. Sure, plenty of other states have state foods or state dishes, but a state soft drink?

The popular children's beverage was developed in Hastings, Nebraska back in 1927 and -- along with formally declaring a state soft drink -- continues to be one of the only interesting things Nebraska has done in the last 100 years or so. Not wanting the plains to have all the fun, Maine officially declared Moxie as its own official state soft drink. (It also submitted a bill yesterday to make the whoopie pie its official state dessert, making me wonder why I've never been to Maine; they sound like fun people).

And while other states have yet to follow this trend, there are certain soft drinks that -- like in Moxie and Maine -- are inextricably tied to certain states. Take West Virginia and Mountain Dew, for example. ("Mountain Dew mouth" is a real thing.) Or North Carolina and Cheerwine.

So we took the nation's obsession with fizzy, sugary drinks one step further and created the United States of Soft Drinks, based upon locally popular beverages in each state. For more about each drink, check out our list below the map.

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Illustration by Monica Fuentes

Alabama - Grapico Alaska - Bubble Up Arizona - Cactus Cooler Arkansas - Grapette California - A&W Root Beer Colorado - Aspen Connecticut - Foxon Park Delaware - birch beer (any kind) Florida - Ironbeer Georgia - RC Cola Hawaii - Hawaiian Punch Idaho - cherry Ironport Illinois - Green River Indiana - Ale-8-One Iowa - Spring Grove Kansas - Soda Vie Kentucky - Big Red Louisiana - Delaware Punch Maine - Moxie Maryland - Shasta Massachusetts - Polar Michigan - Faygo Minnesota - Sun Drop Mississippi - Coca-Cola Missouri - Vess Montana - Crush Nebraska - Kool-Aid Nevada - Red Bull New Hampshire - Stewart's New Jersey - Boylan New Mexico - Jarritos New York - Dr. Brown's North Carolina - Cheerwine North Dakota - Almdudler Ohio - Cherikee Red Oklahoma - Coit's Root Beer Oregon - Thomas Kemper Pennsylvania - A-Treat Rhode Island - Olde Rhode Island Molasses Root Beer South Carolina - Blenheim South Dakota - Pepsi Tennessee - Double Cola Texas - Dr Pepper Utah - TaB Vermont - Sweetwater Virginia - Mello Yello Washington - Jones Soda West Virginia - Mountain Dew Wisconsin - Sprecher Wyoming - Ironport

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