Calling Queen Spuma drinks simply soft drinks or soft drinks does not fully describe what Spuma Queen really is.
They are not just carbonated drinks because the sparkling bubbles are lost in the intense and delicious flavor of a simple blend of selected ingredients.
Not only non-soft drinks because they are strong in a ten-year tradition that has allowed us to pass the flavors and the quality of the past unchanged, as in the best Tuscan and Italian traditions remembering the taste of the elderflower , the bright flavours of spring.
The Blonde is a delicate pin-up, amiable and lovely … with an unmistakable taste
can be mixed with beer for those who are discovering new lovable flavors
The history of this refreshing drink is not clear; it has been the summertime companion of young and older for decades. We know that it was born and consumed mostly in the north of Italy, but it was also widespread in the centre especially in Tuscany, between late 1800s and the beginning of the 1900s, in the early twenties. In 1925 spuma already won an international competition in Brussels.
At that time in many cities and towns in Italy there was a local producer of sodas and soft drinks. Each of these little artisans, called “gazzosai”, prepared and customized these drinks with his own ingredients and therefore there was a great variety of tastes and brands, also due to the simplicity of the preparation. For this reason, it’s impossible to attribute the merit of its invention to one particular artisan.
It’s known that in Italy, before the diffusion of Coca Cola from the Usa, the ancestor of spuma has been the famous gassosa, which even dates back to 1888; moreover, there were different types of this drink such as orange, cedar, mint spuma, and also white, dark and blonde spuma. The best known are undoubtedly these two last varieties, for the preparation of which each producer has his own recipe, which is slightly different from one another.
Dark spuma (widespread mostly in the north-east of Italy), was officially produced for the first time in 1938 by Antonio Verga, founder of the famous “Spumador”, perhaps due to the lack of ingredients for the preparation of Chinotto drinks. From the infusion of 17 ingredients today still kept secret, he created the recipe of one of the most famous type of spuma.
Blonde spuma has uncertain and more remote origins, which probably date back to the end of 1800, but someone dates it back to the beginning of the 1900, when there was an increase of the price of cedar. Its origin is also related to the experiment of some innkeeper, who blended gassosa with the infusion of sultanine grapes (Moscato grapes to be precise), caramel and other aromas. The recipe of blonde spuma is also mysterious, but it would be more appropriate to talk about recipes, in the plural. This type of spuma is definitely the best known and widespread.
Even more doubtful is the birth of aromatized types of spuma. We generally know that this drink was diffused among the working classes due to its price, which was cheaper than international competitors’; it was possible to buy it in bars, cafes, taverns, groceries and at the oratory. It was drunk by elders, adults and young people, simple or mixed, to find relief from the summer heat, for a lunch break during work, with sandwiches or snacks (“a salty snack and a blonde spuma!”, was the request), during an evening with friends.
Spuma mixed with wine was the most popular drink. In ‘50s and ‘60s “su e giù” (up and down) was the request to have a glass with red wine and dark spuma. In Tuscany you asked “mezzo e mezzo” (half and half) to have wine with spuma. Blonde spuma was sometimes mixed with beer to obtain a tasty and refreshing cocktail, more or less as it was with gassosa.
Today it’s common to use the word spuma to indicate any soft drink made with sparkling water, sugar, colorants (caramel), natural aromas (vanilla, lemon juice, spices, rhubarb, infused orange peels). The word comes from English “soda”, which indicates any alcohol free sparkling drink, regardless of its taste or its producer.
This drink, so beloved in some regions of Italy and unknown in others, is no longer popular as it once was, and it‘s no longer used to prepare aperitifs and cocktails, but it is now experiencing a new rebirth thanks to its simplicity and low cost. New young productions have been created and old ones have established themselves, producing blonde and dark spuma together with others with particular taste or aroma.
We, producers of SPUMA QUEEN, commit ourselves to keep this artisanal italian tradition alive, with passion and love, and to spread all over the world blonde and aromatized spumas, these artisanal drinks made in Tuscany with selected ingredients.
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Spritz is a long drink, an Italian alcoholic aperitif, popular in the Triveneto region, based on prosecco, bitters and sparkling water or seltz.