is a German naturally sparkling mineral water, very well known in German
-speaking countries as "The Queen of Table Waters".
The spring was discovered by chance in 1852 in Georg Kreuzberg’s vineyard, in Bad Neuenahr
. He named it after Saint Apollinaris, a patron saint of wine.
Today the source and the brand
of Apollinaris belong to Coca-Cola
, which acquired it from the multinational Cadbury-Schweppes
Apollinaris in English-language popular culture
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."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."
In the UK and Ireland, Apollinaris was sold in small bottles, which were marketed as 'The Baby 'Polly'. 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 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... Read More