Review: Ruby Red Squirt

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.

Ruby Red 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.

If you can find Ruby Red Squirt (and it’s a bit hard to track down), give it a try. It’s something different that Coke and Pepsi can’t offer.