Squirt was created by Herb Bishop in 1938, after experimenting with a citrus drink known as Citrus Club. The result used less fruit juice and less sugar than some other drinks, and Bishop claimed it had the “freshest, most exciting taste in the marketplace”. In 1941, a mascot named “Lil’ Squirt” was created for marketing the product. Squirt became a popular soft drink in many parts of the country, especially the West and Southwest. In the 1950s, it became commonly used as a mixer used in cocktails. The Squirt brand has changed ownership several times, and is currently property of Keurig Dr Pepper.