Chinotto is produced from the juice of the fruit of the myrtle-leaved orange tree. The beverage is dark in color, similar to Coca-Cola. The flavor is not as sweet as Coca-Cola, but rather a bittersweet/refreshing taste. Chinotto soda dates back to the 1950s and is produced in Italy by several companies. It is mostly consumed in Italy and Malta. The origin of Chinotto is unclear. San Pellegrino claims to have created it in 1932, and Neri claims to have made and marketed it first in 1949. Another important brand of Chinotto was Recoaro, which was the best-selling Chinotto soda in the 1950s. Today STAPPJ produces one of the more popular brands available.
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