8 Carbonated Drinks with Long Histories

Pharmacists invented most of them.

1. Hires Root Beer (1876). Philadelphia pharmacist Charles Elmer Hires combined 25 herbs, berries, and roots with carbonated soda water to create this beverage. 

2. Dr. Pepper (1885). Texas pharmacist Charles Alderton formulated the drink made with 23 secret flavors.

3. Coca-Cola (1886). At Jacobs's Pharmacy in Atlanta, Dr. John Pemberton sold the first glass of Coke, which was made from coca leaf extract and caffeine from the kola nut. 

4. Pepsi Cola (1893). North Carolina pharmacist Caleb Bradham served a mix of sugar, water, caramel, lemon oil, kola nuts, nutmeg, and other additives to create this beverage.

5. Royal Crown Cola (1905). Georgia pharmacist Claud Hatcher decided to supply his family’s grocery store with drinks and started producing and bottling this one.

6. Canada Dry Ginger Ale (1907). Canadian pharmacist John McLaughlin developed the commercial version of Canada Dry Ginger Ale, which was first formulated in Ireland.

7. 7-Up (1929). Charles Leiper Grigg came up with the formula for this drink, which was originally called Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-lime Soda.

8. Mountain Dew (1940). Tennessee bottlers Barney and Ally Hartman created this beverage, whose name is slang for moonshine, as a whisky mixer.