Some say to mix wine with water is a capital offence. But mix wine with soda water is a Hungaricum, the „fröccs”. History of the „fröccs” („spritzer” in German, „fruch” in English) goes back to the 19th century. Actually two things are needed to make a fruch: wine and soda, not mineral water water. Wine Hungarians always had. And the invention of the soda also can be bond to a Hungarian inventor, Ányos Jedlik benedictine monk (the name can be familiar as the inventor of the dynamo as well!). He was the creator of the first soda-fountain (siphon) in 1826.

The rest is history: on the 5th October 1842 Ányos Jedlik was the guest of the famous Fáy Winepress House Restaurant in Fót. The literate monk’s stomach could not stand the acidity of pure wine, so he started to dilute his drink with water. After the first tiff he had to admit, the good Hungarian wine mixed with water loose its aroma and taste. Being the famous invention of Jedlik, the soda siphon was also by hand, so the scholar priest took an attempt to keep the bouquet of his wine with soda water. And the „fröccs” was born!

And why is the name „fröccs”? Even then the famous Hungarian poet, Mihály Vörösmarty was also between the guests of the Fáy family. When he saw the mixture in Jedlik’s glass, he asked: „What is it? „Spritzer”?” (literally „squished wine” in German). „This is too much a German name, the more call it „fröccs”!” Then he pledged with the first „fröccs” of the world. And this pledge –„The Song of Fót”- became one of Vörösmarty’s most famous and quoted poem.

Since that the resourceful Hungarians invented numerous variation of the fruch. Depending ont he quantity and rate of water and wine, no less, then 21 kind of fruch existing today. Most known and commonly drank are the little „fröccs” (1 dl soda and 1 dl wine), big „fröccs” (1 dl soda and 2 dl wine), the „hosszúlépés” („long step) (2 dl soda and 1 dl wine) and the „házmester” („janitor”) (2 dl soda and 3 dl wine).