Delicious Sparkling Temperance Drinks

Kristall Julmust
Sweden / USA

History

Julmust was created by pharmacist Harry Roberts in 1910 in Örebro as a temperance beverage using a secret recipe including malt and hops. Over the years it has become a beloved and nostalgic Christmas holiday favorite in Sweden, in fact it is only sold during the winter months. At Easter it is also sold for a short time under a different label as "Påskmust". Even today Göran Roberts, the grandson of its inventor, is the only one who knows the secret recipe.

Review

I thought this would be sort of like a non-alcoholic glögg: like a fruity sangria-like mulled wine. But its more like a sugary Dr. Pepper. Actually there isn't a lot of flavor to it. Sugar, a little cola-like bitterness, but not much else. It isn't much like a malt soda either, despite the rumors of malt and hops in the ingredients. I'm not sure if this brand uses the original Julmust recipe or its own version.

Its not bad, actually thirst-quenching. Maybe you're supposed to drink it hot on a cold winter's day, like a hot Dr. Pepper. I bet that would be pretty good. Its just too warm out today to do that.

fizz 2
refreshment 4
score 3
sweetness 4
flavor 2

Ingredients

Sparkling water, fructose, imported natural and nature-identical flavors, caramel, citric acid, sodium benzoate.

Made by

Kristall Beverage Inc.,
Lexington MA 02173

www.julmust.com

Copyright 2006 Matt Bergstrom