The invention of coca-cola can be attributed to a struggling pharmacist from Atlanta, Georgia named John S. Pemberton; he concocted the first batch coca-cola syrup back in May 1886 in a three-legged iron pot in his back yard.
Two of the ingredients for coca-cola at the time were dried coca leaves of a South American shrub, and cola, an extract of the kola nut.
Pemberton’s friend a bookkeeper named Frank M. Robinson named the drink by using a combination of these two ingredients, i.e. coca-cola. He also created the flowing design that is still in use today.
Coke is simply a nickname for coca-cola and this nickname was created by the beverages customers who insisted on using this shortened version. The coca-cola company created advertisements to try and get people to use the full name for coca-cola as the nickname coke was encouraging substitute products.
Eventually via a Supreme Court decision in 1920 the coca-cola company were able to get the nickname ‘coke’ also registered as a trademark.
The curved, fluted bottle originated around the 1920s and is almost as famous as the trademarked names.
Coca-cola was first sold to the public from a soda fountain in Jacon’s Pharmacy in Atlanta on May 8th, 1886. The syrup that Pemberton created was mixed with carbonated water and sold for five cents a glass.
In 1888 Asa Candler acquired the formula and patents from Pemberton and his partners in order to gain full control of the beverage.
The Spencerian coca-cola script wasn’t registered with the U.S. patent office until 1893.
Back in 1886, approximately 9 drinks a day were being sold in more recent time the coca-cola company sells close to 2 billion drinks across two hundred countries around the world.