Green River is a bright green, lime-flavored soft drink originating in Chicago. The drink was developed in 1919 by the Schoenhofen Brewery of Chicago as a non-alcoholic product for the Prohibition era. It was popular as a soda fountain syrup, trailing only Coca-Cola in popularity throughout the Midwest. However, after Prohibition ended in 1933 the Schoenhofen Brewery made Green River a second priority to alcoholic drinks. The Brewery then closed in 1950. The drink is now owned and produced by the WIT Beverage Company. It is frequently marketed as a nostalgia item and can be found in some Chicago area chain restaurants such as Schoop's Hamburgers, Hackney's, and Pepe's or more generally in supermarkets during the days leading up to St. Patrick's Day. The ingredients of the drink currently are: carbonated water, cane sugar, citric acid, natural lime oils, yellow #5, and blue #1. There is also a diet version, without sugar.
The home-made recipe of this drink is quite simple, it consisting of such ingredients as Green River syrup, ice and soda water. It seems though that even if this cocktail has almost the same ingredients as the original drink, it does not manage to beat up the taste of the real Green River.
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