Fentiman’s Curiosity Cola is made by Fentimans in Hexham, Northumberland, UK. The company was founded in 1905, butrean into stiff competition from Supermarkets in the mid 60s and had to close down. The great grandson of the original owner, Eldon Robson, relaunched the brand in 1998.
The drink is made by the Botanical Brewing Process and actually contains a very small amount of alchohol in each bottle. (the follwoing description is taken from the Fentimans website).
“Botanical Brewing is a simple process involving herbs and plant roots.
The original recipe saw us take ginger roots, mill them before tumbling them into copper steam jacketed pans and leaving to bubble and simmer, releasing all their flavour. Adding finest herbs, natural flavouring, sugar, brewer”s yeast and fresh spring water the liquid was transferred to wooden vats where it was left to ferment.
The liquid went on fermenting as it was bottled and corked in the old stone “Grey Hens” – where it would fully mature and be ready to drink by the end of the week.
Today our processes have been updated through the addition of mild carbonation to replace the carbon dioxide lost in pasteurisation, which gives the product a longer life and keeps the level of alcohol to no more than 0.5%”