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Soft Drinks and the South

Mar 29 2013

by Whitney Long

Culture: Coca Cola Compiled by Whitney Long Home of Coca-Cola and Pepsi, the American South is soft drink central.  It all began back in 1886 in Atlanta, Georgia when Coca-Cola was developed by pharmacist Dr. John Pemberton.  He concocted the Coca-Cola formula in a three legged brass kettle in his backyard. The soft drink was first sold to the public at the soda fountain in Jacob&#8217;s Pharmacy in Atlanta on May 8th of that same year. Thirteen years later in 1898 , in New Bern, North Carolina, Pepsi was first introduced as &#8220;Brad&#8217;s Drink&#8221;  by Caleb Bradham.  He was also a pharmacist and drug store owner, who sought to create a fountain drink that not only tasted good but one that would aid in digestion and boost energy.  Later, it was renamed Pepsi Cola after the digestive enzymes pepsin and kola nuts used in the recipe.   In addition to Coca-Cola and Pepsi, there are several other soft drinks created, produced and enjoyed in the South including Mountain Dew (Tennessee), Cheerwine and Sun Drop (North Carolina), Barq’s Root Beer and Grapico (Louisiana) and Nehi (Georgia).  Depending on where you live is a factor as to what soft drinks you enjoy and what you call them.   Several years ago a study was done state-to-state and by county to see what soft drinks are called by region.  See this map and you won’t be surprised with the results.   For a helpful list of ten things you can do with Coca-Cola:<a href=

Home of Coca-Cola and Pepsi, the American South is soft drink central. It all began back in 1886 in Atlanta, Georgia when Coca-Cola was developed by pharmacist Dr. John Pemberton. He concocted the Coca-Cola formula in a three legged brass kettle in his backyard. The soft drink was first sold to the public at the soda fountain in Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta on May 8th of that same year.

Thirteen years later in 1898 , in New Bern, North Carolina, Pepsi was first introduced as “Brad’s Drink” by Caleb Bradham. He was also a pharmacist and drug store owner, who sought to create a fountain drink that not only tasted good but one that would aid in digestion and boost energy. Later, it was renamed Pepsi Cola after the digestive enzymes pepsin and kola nuts used in the recipe.

In addition to Coca-Cola and Pepsi, there are several other soft drinks created, produced and enjoyed in the South including Mountain Dew (Tennessee), Cheerwine and Sun Drop (North Carolina), Barq’s Root Beer and Grapico (Louisiana) and Nehi (Georgia).

Depending on where you live is a factor as to what soft drinks you enjoy and what you call them. Several years ago a study was done state-to-state and by county to see what soft drinks are called by region. See this map and you won’t be surprised with the results.

For a helpful list of ten things you can do with Coca-Cola:
http://www.mama-knows.com/topic/top-10-household-hints

FACTS ABOUT COKE:

John Pemberton’s bookkeeper Frank Robinson suggested the name and also first scripted Coca Cola into the flowing letters which has become the famous logo of today.

Coke makes so many different beverages that if you drank one per day, it would take you over 9 years to try them all.

Coca-Cola trucks travel over 1,000,000 miles a day to supply consumers with soft drinks.

Coca-Cola products are now sold in approximately 200 countries and their logo is written in over 80 languages.

Coca-Cola is the world’s most recognizable trademark—-recognized by 94% of the world’s population.

PHOTO CREDIT: www.mama-knows.com

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Whitney Long is co-founder of The Southern C and The Southern C Summit. Mama x 4, wife x 1. Entrepreneur, thinker, doer, writer, researcher, believer. Enjoys working alongside creative entrepreneurs to build community while supporting established and upcoming brands. Hobbies include travel, reading, bike rides and clever craft cocktails.

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  1. tinajoneskim

    I’m scratching my head as I prefer to DRINK Pepsi but wouldn’t make my Ham recipe without Coke. Wonder what that means?????? Interesting post— thanks!

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