Originally marketed as a health drink, Coca Cola was said to cure everything from migraine (aka “sick headache”) to depression. And no wonder — for its first 17 years of existence, Coca-Cola actually contained cocaine. But even without the drug as an ingredient, Coke has managed to “addict” millions of beverage fans around the world. According to worldwide statistics from 2010, we drink an estimated 1.6 billion servings of Coca-Cola products every day. – NJP

Cocaine-laced Coca Cola introduced (1886)



For Soda Water and other Carbonated Beverages.

This “Intellectual Beverage” and Temperance Drink contains the valuable Tonic and Nerve Stimulant properties of the Coca plant and cola (or Kola) nuts, and makes not only a delicious, exhilarating, refreshing and invigorating Beverage (dispensed from the soda water fountain or in other carbonated beverages), but a valuable Brain Tonic and cure for all nervous affections — Sick Head-Ache, Neuralgia, Hysteria, Melancholy, etc. The peculiar flavor of COCA-COLA delights every palate; it is dispensed from the soda fountain in same manner as any of the fruit syrups.

J S Pemberton

Sole Proprietor, Atlanta, Ga.

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