Orangina is a lightly carbonated beverage made from carbonated water, 12% citrus juice (10% from concentrated orange, 2% from a combination of concentrated lemon, concentrated mandarin and concentrated grapefruit juices) as well as 2% orange pulp. Orangina is sweetened with sugar or high fructose corn syrup (glucose fructose) and natural flavors are added. Orangina was invented at a trade fair in Algeria developed by Augustin Trigo Mirallès from Spain and first sold in Algeria by Léon Beton in 1935. Today it is a popular beverage in Europe, Japan, northern Africa and to a lesser extent in North America.
The proof of our conviviality was that it took a considerable length of time for the five of us to surmount our gabbing long enough to address the menu. Our waitress materialized and disappeared on at least three occasions before finally being able to take our orders. Even after the salads and pizzas began to arrive we persisted to consume our gossip and pleasantries rather than the food on our plates. Our agenda covered all the customary bases; namely, home and cottage renovation, latest vehicle acquisitions, medical concerns and surgery, employment and retirement, current and past romances, capital vs possessions, historic foibles and drunken disasters - and naturally a respectable and provocative measure of cattiness and vehemence directed against erstwhile acquaintances (though charitably doused with a small tonic of concession and humanity). The predominant themes were nonetheless ribald commentary and roguish fencing, elements always guaranteed to animate an otherwise sedate congregation. So enthused were we by our own delightful to-and-fro that it was with noticeable reluctance that we tore ourselves from table after three hours to regain the evening twilight and headed homeward.