A Cure for Addiction
It might be a surprising fact that Coke was never meant to be a soda beverage. In fact, Pemberton first wanted to concoct a safer alternative to morphine — a substance that he became addicted to.
Pemberton was a chemist before joining the Civil War as a Confederate soldier. He endured a severe wound and was given morphine to ease the pain. When the war ended, he set out to cure his addiction the best way he knew how: creating a drink.
Working in his pharmacy, Pemberton created coca wine, but with Atlanta’s prohibition laws, he decided to switch to a non-alcoholic version of the drink.