Apollinaris (water)

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Apollinaris / Coca-Cola
Apollinaris logo big C.png
Produced byCoca-Cola
SourceBad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
Calcium (Ca)90
Chloride (Cl)130
Bicarbonate (HCO3)1800
Fluoride (F)0.7
Magnesium (Mg)120
Nitrate (NO3)1.6
Potassium (K)30
Sodium (Na)470
Sulfate (SO4)100
All concentrations in milligrams per liter (mg/L); pH without units
19th-century Apollinaris bottle
Share certificate in the Apollinaris company, issued 1 January 1876

Apollinaris is a German naturally sparkling mineral water, owned by Coca-Cola.


American advertisement for the water, along the wall of a baseball stadium, c.1914

The spring was discovered by chance in 1852 in Georg Kreuzberg's vineyard, in Bad Neuenahr, Germany. He named it after St Apollinaris of Ravenna, a patron saint of wine. The red triangle symbol and the slogan "The Queen of Table Waters" were adopted as trademarks in 1895. By 1913 the company was producing 40 million bottles a year, 90% of which were exported worldwide.

From the mid-1930s to 1945, the Apollinaris company was controlled by the Amt III ("third office"), a division of the SS-Wirtschafts-Verwaltungshauptamt Amtsgruppe W in charge of the food industry in Nazi Germany. Along with other mineral waters—Sudetenquell and Mattoni—Apollinaris was bottled at the Rheinglassfabrik bottling plant, also controlled by the SS.

Today the source and the brand of Apollinaris belong to Coca-Cola, which acquired it from the multinational Cadbury-Schweppes in 2006.

Sports sponsorship[edit]

In the 1950s and 1960s, Apollinaris co-organised (with the Torck factories of Deinze, Belgium) the commercial beach games "Les Rois du Volant/De Koningen der Baan" on the Belgian coast.[1]

Cultural references[edit]

In Anthony Trollope's The Prime Minister (1876), the character of the Duke of Omnium dines simply on "a beefsteak and a potato, with a glass of sherry and Apollinaris water".

Spenser Theyre Smith's short play A Case for Eviction (1883) features the comically increasing demands of an unseen houseguest, Major O'Golly, who at one point is said by the uneducated servant Mary to have requested "Polly Nary water" with his whiskey.

In The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885) by William Dean Howells, the Laphams attend a dinner party at the Coreys. After dinner, the men remain in the dining room smoking cigars, and one of the guests "reached him a bottle of Apollinaris," filling a glass for Silas. "He drank a glass, and then went on smoking."[2]

The Susan Coolidge book "Clover" (1888), part of the Katy Series, mentions the water during a private train journey to Colorado: ""The car seems paved with bottles of Apollinaris and with lemons," wrote Katy to her father....Just as surely as it grows warm and dusty, and we begin to remember that we are thirsty, a tinkle is heard, and Bayard appears with a tray,--iced lemonade, if you please, made with Apollinaris water with strawberries floating on top! What do you think of that at thirty miles an hour?""[3]

In Act I of Bernard Shaw's play Widowers' Houses (1892), the English tourist Sartorius is shocked that there is a church in Germany called Apollinaris, thinking they have named it after the mineral water.

In What Maisie Knew by Henry James (1897) (chapter 19), Maisie and her stepfather, in a coffee-room at lunch-time, partake of cold beef and apollinaris.[4]

The Edward Noyes Westcott book David Harum (1898) portrays a dithering, semi-invalid character, Julius Carling. Faced with decisions about what to drink, he considers Apollinaris water. On one occasion he decides to have it, but one of his caregivers, Miss Blake, for devious reasons of her own has ordered champagne instead.[5]

In Swedish author Hjalmar Söderberg's short story "Spleen" (1898), two men dining in a small country inn step outside for a last drink, taking with them a bottle of whisky and some Apollinaris.

The Jerome K. Jerome novel, Three Men on the Bummel (1900) contains a description of the product: “There is Apollinaris water which, I believe, with a little lemon squeezed into it, is practically harmless."

"Scotch and Polly" is a comic song written by E. W. Rogers popularised in 1900 by Vesta Tilley. The title is a reference to the drink (Scotch whisky and Apollinaris water) or, by a deliberate ambiguity, a Scotswoman named Polly who steals the male protagonist's valuables.[6]

Short story author O. Henry references Apollinaris in different stories including "The Social Triangle" (1907), "The Lost Blend" (1907) and "The Unprofitable Servant" (1912).

The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1912) includes, in Chapter 9, the passage: "We supped and camped at the very edge of the cliff, quenching our thirst with two bottles of Apollinaris, which were in one of the cases."

The water receives a brief mention in the short story "Counterparts" by James Joyce, included in his collection Dubliners (1914): "Farrington stood a drink all round. Weathers said he would take a small Irish and Apollinaris. Farrington, who had definite notions of what was what, asked the boys would they have an Apollinaris too."

During World War I, rival manufacturer Perrier ran an advertisement urging people to drink their French water, rather than that of their German rival.[7]

José Maria de Eça de Queirós The Capital (1925) includes the following passage: "Then he became very affable with Arthur; offered him of his Apollinaris water to mix with the wine, gave him news about the little dog: it had arrived perfectly well, it was the joy of the girls! A darling!"

In E. F. Benson's novel Lucia's Progress (1935), the character Lucia discovers a fragment of glass marked with the letters "Apol", and concludes that the remains of a Roman temple lie beneath her garden. She subsequently finds the rest of the bottle, which supplies the full inscription "Apollinaris", and promptly ceases her excavations.

In the UK and Ireland, Apollinaris was sold in small bottles, which were marketed as "The Baby 'Polly". In the Ealing Studios film comedy My Learned Friend (1943), bumbling barrister Mr. Babbington (Claude Hulbert) orders a "Baby 'Polly" in a disreputable café in Stepney.[citation needed]

The poem "Sun and Fun" by Sir John Betjeman, published in 1954, includes the stanza:

I pulled aside the thick magenta curtains
– So Regency, so Regency, my dear –
And a host of little spiders
Ran a race across the ciders
To a box of baby 'pollies by the beer.

In the French film, A Monkey in Winter (1962; directed by Henri Verneuil), some men drinking in a bar try to remember the name of a poet, whose verses a former friend (said to be pretentious) always used to quote. They remember only that the name sounded like that of a mineral water, and they eventually agree on Apollinaris. The poet was in fact Apollinaire, who is indeed quoted by the main character in the film.

In the film American Psycho (2000), Patrick Bateman, played by Christian Bale, offers Detective Kimball (Willem Dafoe) a bottle of Apollinaris, which he politely tries to refuse. Bateman insists, also offering a lime.

The German language documentary Hitlers Todesbrigaden (2010), made by Andreas Novak, includes a reenacted scene in which Apollinaris bottles appear prominently on a serving tray brought to Nazi officers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.autotitre.com/forum/Car-publicitaire-Apollinaris-108848p1.htm
  2. ^ Howells, William Dean (1884). The Rise of Silas Lapham. Ticknor. p. 282. rise of silas lapham ticknor.
  3. ^ https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/15798
  4. ^ https://www.gutenberg.org/files/7118/7118-h/7118-h.htm
  5. ^ https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17617
  6. ^ "Music Hall Gossip". The Era. 11 May 1900. p. 18.; "The London Music Halls. The London Pavilion". The Era. 26 May 1900. p. 19.; "Scotch and Polly". The Lyrics. A Casquet of Vocal Gems from the Golden Age of Music Hall. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Advertisement for Perrier Water". World War One Collections. British Library. Retrieved 12 June 2021. Perrier stands as the great representative of France against Apollinaris and other German Waters