While I don’t drink a lot of soda, I thought the history of Coca-Cola was pretty interesting. On May 8, 1886, in Columbus, Ga., John S. Pemberton invented Coca-Cola. His partner and bookkeeper, Frank M. Robinson, thought up the name and logo.
It was originally patented as medicine since it was made with the cocaine leaf. John Pemberton was a chemist and, unfortunately, addicted to morphine. He experimented on the coca leaf to use as a safer alternative. He tried his Coke product out on his customers to see how well it was received. Due to its popularity, he started to sell it for five cents a glass.
The original recipe was supposed to cure many illnesses such as impotence, morphine addiction, indigestion, headache and nerve weakness with associated depression and exhaustion. Cocaine was touted as a cure-all and many people during that time period used it.
When I was a kid, I would go to Isaly’s to get a Cherry Coke. Back then, you couldn’t buy it like you can today. It had to be made. They added cherry syrup to regular Coke. It was so good! Today, it’s still my favorite. The taste isn’t quite the same, but I still enjoy it once in a while.
The Coca-Cola brand has added other flavors to its Coke products as well and owns other drinks like Barqs, Vitamin Water, Powerade, Dasani and CapriSun. They also have many other drinks that we all love.
Over the years, the recipe has changed and no longer contains cocaine. Its distinctive packaging has changed a number of times, but we all recognize the glass bottle that contains Coke today. Many years ago, Coke launched its brand worldwide and it has been very successful since its conception. While nothing will replace the Cherry Coke I had as a child, the Cherry Coke I enjoy today comes pretty close.