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Coca Cola is a Southern staple. For some, it’s the drink of choice to wake up in the morning instead of coffee. Coca Cola was developed as a medicine in 1886 by Col. John Pemberton as a safer alternative to the morphine he was addicted to after being wounded in the Civil War. Carbonated water was later added to it. Today, the company’s headquarters are located in Georgia where the beverage was first developed, however, Coca Cola was first bottled in Vicksburg, MS at the Biedenharn Candy Company in 1891.
Southerners tend to use the word ‘coke’ to refer to any soft drink. Perhaps, the word became synonymous with all carbonated beverages because of brand loyalty or maybe the drink was the only available option for a long time. Other parts of the U.S. call soft drinks ‘soda’ or ‘pop’. Although others may think calling all carbonated drinks a ‘coke’ is silly, I think it’s a matter of linguistic preference and/or colloquial charm. No matter what you call it, in the South, Coca Cola is the real thing. I think you’ll find this statistical map of what different counties call this type of drink in the U.S. interesting. Click Pop vs Soda County Stats with percentages.
What kind of coke do you drink?
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17 NIV Bible