The original Squirt rolled out in 1938, facing the Great Depression. A man named Herb Bishop came up with the idea of a soft drink that used less sugar. This drink seemed to “squirt” into your mouth, like a freshly squeezed grapefruit. Hence the name, Squirt.
The drink took off during World War II because sugar was being rationed. Today, the Squirt brand is now owned by Dr Pepper/Seven Up, a subsidiary of Cadbury Schweppes in London, England.
I don’t know when the Ruby Red flavor rolled out, but I can tell you this… it’s good. Upon first opening this beverage, a sweet grapefruit smell emanated from the bottle. It has an attractive red color, just a tad bit lighter than Mountain Dew Code Red.
Drinking it, you realize that this is a uniquely different drink. It has nice bitter taste that you won’t find in other fruit-oriented beverages. I don’t like grapefruit as a fruit, but I did like this Ruby Red flavor. It actually reminded me a lot of Canfield’s 50/50 soda. One other thing this drink has… a very high burp factor! You just can’t help yourself. I had a similar experience with Sprite Remix Tropical when it came out last year.