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Kick Like A Mule Soda Pop

Updated on September 21, 2016
Kick Like a Mule Old Vintage ACL 10 oz Soda Pop Bottle Variation #1 426.
Kick Like a Mule Old Vintage ACL 10 oz Soda Pop Bottle Variation #1 426.

It was in the year 1965 that Royal Crown Cola of Nashville and Johnson City Tennessee introduction of their Kick "like a Mule!" brand. The carbonated citrus flavored soda with the large infusion of caffeine that carried a hillbilly theme on the logo and label of the green glass of the bottle, and bright red metal can, which features a mule on the main label kicking a star burst with the tagline “Like a Mule!” at the bottom of the label and the words “Just ain’t none better!” The metal red can also has "A Sassy Soft Drink" right under the "Kick" logo on its label. The remarkable thing about this bottle design is did the soda in the bottle make mule do the kicking, or is there a man flying through the air hidden inside the star burst that got so hyper that the mule kicked him off into that star burst. The brand Kick "like a Mule!" lasted up to the 1970s, and soon only went by only “Kick” for the buzz you got from the infusion of the sugar and caffeine.

The carbonated citrus flavored soda with the large infusion of caffeine that carried a hillbilly theme in the green glass of the bottle and bright red metal can which had a mule on the main label kicking a star burst with the tagline “Like a Mule!"
The carbonated citrus flavored soda with the large infusion of caffeine that carried a hillbilly theme in the green glass of the bottle and bright red metal can which had a mule on the main label kicking a star burst with the tagline “Like a Mule!"

Collection Soda Pop Bottles like Kick is a Great Hobby

Collection Soda Pop bottles like Kick is a great hobby. Soda Pop like "Kick like a Mule" is one of several categories for which there is no comprehensive listing of bottle types, Royal Crown used a number of designs for its early bottles the "Kick like a Mule" soft drink is in at least six of these early designs. Thousands and thousands of soda bottles have been bottled since the first bottlers in Philadelphia started this industry in the early 1900s; many of the bottle companies have gone out of business many years ago. Most collectors like to stick with products they grew up with back in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Several Bottle clubs thankfully have begun the detailed and time consuming process of listing the local and state bottle companies and designs from this era.

The brand Kick "like a Mule" lasted up to the 1970s, and soon only went by only “Kick” for the buzz you got from the infusion of the sugar and caffeine.
The brand Kick "like a Mule" lasted up to the 1970s, and soon only went by only “Kick” for the buzz you got from the infusion of the sugar and caffeine.

Some facts about Carbonated Soft Drinks

Soft drinks like “Kick like a Mule” are defined as carbonated drinks that are non-alcoholic. Carbonated soft drinks are also referred to as soft drinks, soda, soda pop, pop, or tonic. It was in the year 1798 that the term "soda water" was first coined by manufactures in America. In the year 1810 the first United States patent was issued for the manufacture of imitation mineral waters which was carbonated. Samuel Fahnestock. Patented the first soda fountain in the year 1819, and it was in 1835 the first bottled soda water was sold in the United States. The biggest breakthrough in flavor for soda pop came in 1851 when Ginger ale was created in Ireland.

1965 Kick Like A Mule Soda Pop Bottle

In 1861 the Term "Pop" was first Coined for Carbonated Drinks.

In the United State in 1861 the term "pop" was first coined for carbonated drinks. In the year 1876 the first root beer flavored soda pop sold and was massed produced for public sell in different states; in the year 1881 the first cola-flavored beverage introduced in the United States. This soon followed with Charles Aderton inventing a soft drink called Dr. Pepper in Texas in 1985. The very next year Coca-Cola was invented in Atlanta Georgia by John Pemberton.

The carbonated citrus flavored soda with the large infusion of caffeine that carried a hillbilly theme on the logo and label of the green glass
The carbonated citrus flavored soda with the large infusion of caffeine that carried a hillbilly theme on the logo and label of the green glass

Kick like a Mule contains carbonated water, sugar, citric juices, citric acid, caffeine, artificial flavor and artificial color, less than 1 /10 of 1% of Benzoate of Soda. Kick like a Mule was produced under the authority of the Royal Crown Cola Company.

Kick like a Mule contains carbonated water, sugar, citric juices, citric acid, caffeine, artificial flavor and artificial color, less that 1 /10 of 1% of Benzoate of Soda.
Kick like a Mule contains carbonated water, sugar, citric juices, citric acid, caffeine, artificial flavor and artificial color, less that 1 /10 of 1% of Benzoate of Soda.

A made in Nashville, Tennessee, Kick Like a Mule ACL 10 oz. soda bottle, this is the back side of this amazing green bottle. This bottle was made in the mid-1960s at the Royal Crown Cola Company in Nashville.

A made in Nashville, Tennessee, Kick Like a Mule ACL 10 oz. soda bottle, this is the back side of this amazing green bottle.
A made in Nashville, Tennessee, Kick Like a Mule ACL 10 oz. soda bottle, this is the back side of this amazing green bottle.

Kick Like A Mule Soda Pop

The Can - Kick “A Sassy Soft Drink” Kick Like a Mule! Was made of carbonated water, sugar, dextrose, fructose, natural and artificial flavor, citric acid, sodium benzoate (a preservative), sodium citrate, caffeine, and artificial color … Amazing what yummy ingredients.

Kick Was made of carbonated water, sugar, dextrose, fructose, natural and artificial flavor, citric acid, sodium benzoate (a preservative), sodium citrate, caffeine, and artificial color
Kick Was made of carbonated water, sugar, dextrose, fructose, natural and artificial flavor, citric acid, sodium benzoate (a preservative), sodium citrate, caffeine, and artificial color

The Can – Kick “A Sassy Soft Drink” Kick Like a Mule! Was produced under authority of Royal Crown Cola Co. Columbus, Georgia, and packed by Seven-UP Bottling Co of Oshkosh, Inc. Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 54901. Wow what a wonderful American made soft drink, no wonder those of us who consumed such huge quantities of this elixir in the 1960s and 1970s turned out so healthy and smart.

Kick “A Sassy Soft Drink” Kick Like a Mule! Was produced under authority of Royal Crown Cola Co. Columbus, Georgia, and packed by Seven-UP Bottling Co of Oshkosh, Inc. Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 54901.
Kick “A Sassy Soft Drink” Kick Like a Mule! Was produced under authority of Royal Crown Cola Co. Columbus, Georgia, and packed by Seven-UP Bottling Co of Oshkosh, Inc. Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 54901.

A long Rich History at RC Cola before We get “Kick like a Mule”

It is a long rich history at the Royal Crown Cola Company before we get to “Kick like a Mule” ... first was Ginger Ale, it was in 1905 when Ginger Ale became the first product in the Royal Crown line of flavored soft drinks. The amazing thing about Royal Crown is the love the company had with experiments with flavors because after Ginger Ale came Strawberry, and then the Royal Crown Root Beer. The company was renamed Chero-Cola in 1910, and in 1925 they renamed the company to the Nehi Corporation after its colored and flavored drinks. In 1934, The Chero-Cola was reformulated by a remarkable chemist Rufus Kamm. Dr. Kamm who would put RC Cola on the soft drink map with his wonderful flavors and secret recipes, and it was very soon that Chero-Cola was re-released as Royal Crown Cola.

"Kick Like a Mule - Just Ain't None Better"

Vintage 10 ounce 1960s "Kick Like a Mule - Just Ain't None Better" soda bottle made by the Royal Crown Cola Company out of Nashville, Tennessee.The name" Kick Like a Mule" lasted from the 1960s to the 1970s when the name was changed to just "Kick".
Vintage 10 ounce 1960s "Kick Like a Mule - Just Ain't None Better" soda bottle made by the Royal Crown Cola Company out of Nashville, Tennessee.The name" Kick Like a Mule" lasted from the 1960s to the 1970s when the name was changed to just "Kick".

The Grandparents of “Kick like a Mule” are Born

The Grandparents of “Kick like a Mule” are born in 1942. It was on November 2, 1942 that the Nehi Corporation of Johnson City sells all of their equipment at Johnson City Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia to the Royal Crown Bottling Company of Knoxville, Tennessee. All was sold for the amazing low sum of one dollar. This show the connection that was between the two corporations and for a number of years ... Royal Crown had been involved with getting controlling interest in the Nehi Corporation of Johnson City and their hands on Nehi’s amazing flavor soft drinks. The stresses of World War II with the draconian sugar rationing caused by the war had its effect on the bottling industry of the south, and it was too much for the Nehi company to stand alone, as it had for many years, and Royal Crown was the Nehi Company's knight in white armor.

The Ten Ounce Kick Bottle dated from 1966

The Ten Ounce Kick Bottle dated from 1966 and was made of carbonated water, sugar, dextrose, fructose, natural and artificial flavor, citric acid, sodium benzoate (a preservative), sodium citrate, caffeine, and artificial color.
The Ten Ounce Kick Bottle dated from 1966 and was made of carbonated water, sugar, dextrose, fructose, natural and artificial flavor, citric acid, sodium benzoate (a preservative), sodium citrate, caffeine, and artificial color.

The Royal Crown Father of "Kick like a Mule" was "Upper 10"

The Seven ounce  Upper 10 bottle made by the  Royal Crown Bottling Company of East Tennessee and was made in 1953. It was like "Kick" a lemon lime soft drink.
The Seven ounce Upper 10 bottle made by the Royal Crown Bottling Company of East Tennessee and was made in 1953. It was like "Kick" a lemon lime soft drink.

1965 Competitors "KICKAPOO JOY JUICE" vs “Kick like a Mule”

The almost ten inch tall, green glass, with a crown top,  ten fluid ounces soft drink "KICKAPOO JOY JUICE"   was licensed by National Nugrape Company ans was made in the year 1965. This was the competitor for “Kick like a Mule” by Royal Crown Cola.
The almost ten inch tall, green glass, with a crown top, ten fluid ounces soft drink "KICKAPOO JOY JUICE" was licensed by National Nugrape Company ans was made in the year 1965. This was the competitor for “Kick like a Mule” by Royal Crown Cola.

Kick like a Mule Sassy Soft Drink Straight Steel Soda Pop Can

 Here is a unopened vintage Kick like a Mule, the sassy soft Drink in a straight steel soda pop can all ready for your Fallout shelter :)
Here is a unopened vintage Kick like a Mule, the sassy soft Drink in a straight steel soda pop can all ready for your Fallout shelter :)

Nice Yava Glass, an Up-cycled Kick Like a Mule Soda Bottle Glass

This vintage glass is made from an upcycled KICK soda bottle. Each glass is flame cut and polished to give you a smooth finished rim.
This vintage glass is made from an upcycled KICK soda bottle. Each glass is flame cut and polished to give you a smooth finished rim.

Back side of the Yava Glass, this is an Up-cycled Kick Bottle Glass

The back side of the Yava Glass, this is an Up-cycled Kick Like a Mule Soda Bottle Glass 4.5 inches tall, holds 6 fluid ounces, green glass with multi colored screen print
The back side of the Yava Glass, this is an Up-cycled Kick Like a Mule Soda Bottle Glass 4.5 inches tall, holds 6 fluid ounces, green glass with multi colored screen print

Nashville Tennessee the home of "Kick Like a Mule" Soft Drink

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      Burke Mathes 3 years ago

      I remember drinking that when I would come to Nashville and set up showrooms. You could work all night when you drink a couple of those, they really did have a kick. It tasted much better than that nasty Mellow Yellow stuff they sell today. "Kick like a Mule" was more tangy and carbonated.