Maltese soft drinks are enjoyed by both the younger and the older generations. Kinnie is a Maltese bittersweet carbonated soft drink brewed from bitter oranges and extracts of wormwood. It was first introduced in 1952 by the brewery Simonds Farsons Cisk as an alternative to the cola drinks that were widespread in post-war Europe.
In 1975, it became the soft drink of the year of the French Comité International d’Action Gastronomique et Touristique.
Kinnie is brown in colour, and is drunk straight or mixed with alcohol. It holds a reputation for being Malta’s favourite non-alcoholic beverage, sometimes even called the ‘national soft drink’.