The invention of Pepsi-Cola by Caleb Bradham

Caleb Bradham who was a pharmacist opened the drugstore called Braham’s Pharmacy in 1892. A great part of his business came from selling drinks, sandwiches and sundries. He also found it as fun to mix delicious soft drink as it was to make medicines.

He wanted to create something that taste good and was also healthy. Braham then experimenting with different formulas came up with one that was very popular with the local clientele. In 1893, he created “Brad’s Drink,” made from a mix of carbonated water, sugar, vanilla, rare oils, nutmeg, and cola nuts.

This created syrup. The syrup would be mixed with carbonated water to make a soft drink. Bradham later renamed his drink “Pepsi-Cola” on August 1898, after the pepsin and cola nuts use in the recipe.

He believed the drink was more than refreshment but a “healthy” cola, aiding in digestion, getting its roots from the word dyspepsia, meaning indigestion. By 1900, Pepsi-Cola had become so popular, that Braham started the Pepsi-Cola Company.
The invention of Pepsi-Cola by Caleb Bradham

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