30 days of Scottish food: Day 30 – Irn-Bru

The final entry of the 30 Days of Scottish Food series. Scotland’s finest drink, made from girders – Irn-Bru.

Day 30 - Irn-Bru - 30 Days of Scottish FoodWhat?

A carbonated soft drink, bright orange in colour. It doesn’t really taste of anything except Irn-Bru. Its reputation for being made from girders derives from containing 0.002% ammonium ferric citrate.

Irn-Bru is the number one selling soft drink in Scotland, beating Coca-Cola, and the third top in the UK, after Coca-Cola and Pepsi. It’s also very popular in Russia.


Produced in Cumbernauld by AG Barr, manufactured to the same secret recipe since 1901. Barr’s was originally founded in Falkirk in 1875, and makes a wider range of soft drinks so sweet they give dentists nightmares: like American cream soda, raspberyade and Red Kola.


A bit like Tennent’s Lager, Irn-Bru is noted for its brilliant adverts. Let some of these persuade you of its fizzy merits:


Sod crowdie, Irn-Bru is the ultimate hangover cure, possibly partnered with some Stornoway Black Pudding or square sausage.

Dedicated readers of Crumbs and Petals will also recall its amazing properties as a means to cook the Scottish version of Nigella’s Ham in Coke for Christmas.

Image credit: Canned Irn-Bru by Mary Hutchison, shared under a Creative Commons licence.

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