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Kinnie is a typical Maltese soft drink. The Simonds Farsons Cisk brewery, which also brewed the first Maltese beer, introduced that label to the market in 1952. Kinnie is similar to cola drinks. It has an amber colour and is carbonated. The drink’s main ingredient is absinthium, and owes its rather bitter taste to this herb. Bitter orange and other herbs are also part of Kinnie’s recipe. All these ingredients create a unique taste, which visitors may have to get used to at first. However, once you get used to the taste, you will find that Kinnie is more than just an alternative to cola drinks. It is a non-alcoholic soft drink that is very refreshing and made only of natural ingredients. Contrary to cola drinks, it really quenches your thirst and, for that reason, it is very popular among locals and visitors.

You can drink it straight or mix it with other alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages. Kinnie is also often used to create delicious cocktails.

But the most popular way to drink Kinnie is straight, with a slice of orange; this sweetens the bitter taste and makes it even more refreshing.

Some more information on the brand Kinnie. Kinnie is the biggest sponsor of the game “Monopoly Malta”. The game of Monopoly is known all over the world and many countries or towns have their own version, just like Malta does. Both Kinnie and the Maltese version of Monopoly are getting continuously more popular, which led to the cooperation of those two brands. Working together and marketing each other is the best way to increase their publicity.

In 1975, Kinnie was voted  Beverage of the Year by the Comité Internationaler d‘Action Gastronomique et Touristique, and received the sought-after trophy L’Epi d’Or de la Qualité Internationale. It was given to the Simonds Farsons Cisk brewery to honour the high quality and their genius idea of developing such a refreshing soft drink. In 1984, Diet Kinnie was introduced to the market. As people’s health awareness increased over the decades, the demand for healthier beverages with less sugar also increased. The diet version of Kinnie is now a fundamental part of the brand. In 2007, another, even healthier, version called Kinnie Pfiff was introduced to the market. This version has a higher orange content and no added sugar. As the beverage has less than one calorie per bottle, it is highly recommended for people who greatly value a health-conscious diet. Kinnie Pfiff is aimed at children and young adults, in order to support and develop their health awareness from a young age.

As you can see, Kinnie is not just a refreshing soft drink, and its creators are constantly thinking of ways to improve their famous product, with special regard given to making it even healthier. It is not all about selling as many bottles as possible; the company also cares about the health of its consumers.

Next time you are in Malta, have a Kinnie and discover for yourself its great taste and refreshing qualities.

Heike S.

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