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

Coke
Pepsi
7-Up
Dr. Pepper
The drugstore of Caleb Bradham as portrayed in an exhibition in the Historical Museum Bern.
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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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