Hot Dr Pepper (1964) ★★★★

When I came across this recipe it really intrigued me. I liked Dr Pepper, but how would it taste when hot?
Also, this is a ridiculously easy and budget-friendly recipe. Which is nice when I want to post something here but don't have much time or money ;)

Dr Pepper was created in the 1880s and first sold sometime around 1885. I love some of the early slogans: "King of Beverages" (1889–1914), "When You Drink a Dr. Pepper You Drink a Bite to Eat" (1939), and "America's Most Misunderstood Soft Drink" (1960s). Perhaps the reason it's so "misunderstood" is because of its "devilish" behaviour.

Original Recipe:
For something different - devilishly different for the holidays - try Dr Pepper piping hot. here is a bracing, cool weather refreshment that lends a holiday spirit to any occasion. Just heat Dr Pepper in a saucepan until it steams. Pour into a glass or cup over a slice of lemon and serve piping hot. And for those who want something special...Try the Boomer...that's Hot Dr Pepper with a dash of rum. Enjoy Hot Dr Pepper often.

The Verdict:
It was pretty good. It tasted nice, and the lemon was pretty strong, but in a good way. I would drink it again by choice. It reminded me of tea. That said, I think I prefer hot apple cider as my holiday beverage of choice (and it's healthier than pop!). I prefer cold Dr Pepper with a slice of lemon. When it heats up it looses all the carbonation and and the taste becomes a little flat. Now, I didn't try it with rum, so perhaps that would've been different. If anyone tries it, comment below!

Modernized Recipe:
(Adapted from The Dr Pepper Company, found at Hey, My Mom Used to Make That!)

It's heating up a pre-made drink with a slice of lemon. No directions needed.

Anje graduated with a Honours Bachelors degree in History with a minor in Museum Studies. She currently lives and works in Japan's least populous prefecture as an assistant English teacher.


  1. you are so welcome!
    I adore your blog!!!
    Always loved historic recipes & cooking

  2. So excited you're back for December! We used to make hot coke as kids. Tried it again a few years back. I think the heating makes it taste even sweeter! I think Dr Pepper would be a lot nicer.

    1. Thanks! :)
      Hot coke! I've never heard of that either! It honestly never occurred to me that people might drink pop hot.

  3. I have a hard time getting too excited about hot Dr. Pepper, being that I really, really don't like it cold! BTW, Diet Pepsi left in the car in the sun to get hot is NASTY stuff :o)

  4. This is one of those recipes that just seems downright delightful to me--it's so unexpected! I hope you'll consider submitting it to this month's Shine Supper Club!

  5. this hot drink does wonders for a cold. just don't sneeze while sipping:}