Why moxie?

We each have our favorites, those things we are drawn to and prefer above others. I may not have a favorite book, favorite beach, favorite city or favorite dessert. I do have a favorite word.

Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary provides this definition:

moxie [ˈmäk-sē] n. 1. energy; pep 2. courage; determination 3. know-how

Did you know the word ‘moxie’ derives from the soft drink Moxie? And before it was a soft drink, Moxie was used for medicinal purposes?

This distinctly different soda has a very powerful root flavor. Think root beer with oomph and a noticeable aftertaste. Moxie is definitely an acquired taste and I have found it goes well with pretzels and sandwiches.

Moxie has had many fans, including President Calvin Coolidge and baseball player Ted Williams. Today, the soda remains available, especially in New England, and the word lives on.

Have you tried Moxie? If so, please share in the comments.

For more information about Moxie: 

The Marietta Soda Museum devotes a page to Moxie Facts.

There is also a lengthy entry on Wikipedia for Moxie


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I am a librarian with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library in Tampa, Florida.

One thought on “Moxie”

  1. I grew up in New Hampshire and love Moxie! It has a very sharp taste and is like no other soda/tonic I’ve ever had. It is impossible to find living in Florida and I now have family memebers cart is south when they visit.

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