Geek Trivia

Which Of These Colas Was Originally Called “Brad’s Drink” Before Assuming Its Modern Name?

Dr. Pepper
Which Of These Compound Classes Is So Foul That Smelling It Hinders Research Into Them?

Answer: Pepsi

The soft drink we now call Pepsi wasn’t always known as such. Invented in 1893 by Caleb Bradham, a pharmacist from North Carolina, the drink originally had a much more personal title: “Brad’s Drink”, named after its creator.

It wasn’t until bringing the soft drink to mass market in 1898 that Bradham ditched the inventor-centered name and adopted “Pepsi-Cola”, basing the new name on the digestive enzyme pepsin and kola nuts found in the drink (which Bradham marketed as a digestive aid and energy booster). The brand remained “Pepsi-Cola” until 1961 when it was simply shortened to “Pepsi” (and is currently known in North America alternatively as Pepsi-Cola as of 2014).

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