Sunday, July 17, 2016

Caleb Davis Bradham and Pepsi-Cola

Caleb Davis Bradham was born in May 27, 1867. He grew up in Chinquapin, a tiny farm community in Duplin County, North Carolina. He attended Clements, School, Wallace and Kings Mountains Military Institute in North Carolina.

In 1892, he opened a drug store called Bradham’s Pharmacy. Like many pharmacists at the turn of the 19th century, he operated a soda fountain in his drugstore. He founded it as a fun to mix delicious a soft drink as it was to make medicines. His soda fountain grew popular as townspeople gathered to socialize. Like many drugstore of the day, Bradham’s was more than a dispenser of patent medicines.

Soon Bradham concocted a dink all his own. He wanted to create something that tasted good and was also healthy.

 ‘Brad’s drink created in the summer of 1893, was later renamed Pepsi Cola in 1898. According to a document signed by Bradham, his formula for Pepsi-Cola consisted of sugar, water, caramel, lime juice, phosphoric acid, alcohol and oils (lemon, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, and petit grain).
Caleb Davis Bradham and Pepsi-Cola

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