How different soda’s got their names?

How different soda’s got their names?

Dr. Pepper

A long long time ago there was this guy working at as a pharmacist at a drug store. His name was Charles Alderton, who is said to be the inventor of this popular drink. In his spare time he likes to serve carbonated drinks at the soda fountain. He liked the way the drug store smelled with the fruit flavored syrup smells in the air all mixing together, so he wanted to make a drink that tasted just like this smell. He kept a journal and after lots of experimenting he finally found a mixture of fruit of fruit syrups that he liked. He started offering it to people at the soda fountain and they all loved it. The actual name “Dr. Pepper” has no origin to where it came from but there are a lot of stories on to where it could have came from at the Dr. Pepper Museum. One of them says that he named it after one of his previous employees, Dr. Charles Pepper.


Mountain Dew

In the late 40’s mountain dew was actually just used as a mixer with hard liquor in lots of bars. This conjunction was created by two brothers, Ally and barney Hartman. These brothers jokingly named in Mountain Dew after “Tennessee Mountain Moonshine.” This moonshine theme didn’t last for long but the whole hillbilly thing did. When Mountain Dew was trademarked and labeled it has a cartoon hillbilly character on it which later became the drinks official mascot for years. The name for this hillbilly character ended up being “Gran’ Pappy’,” and he became a pretty popular icon in bars.



Way back when pepsi was introduced as “Brad’s Drink” in North Carolina. This was around 1893 and was created by Caleb Bradham, who made this drink at his drugstore where the drink was sold. Later on he renamed the drink “Pepsi Cola,” and despite the name, pepsin was never an ingredient in this drink. He believed that this drink was more than a refreshment but also an aid in digestion, and that it this was a healthy cola. It gets it name from the word dyspepsia, meaning indigestion.



In 1886 Dr. Pemberton nailed the formula for this drink but it was actually his bookkeeper who came up with this name. He suggested that the two C’s would look good in advertising. His bookkeeper, Frank M. Robinson, also designed the logo. The Coca-Cola name refers to its first two ingredients which were kola nuts and coca leaves. The current Coca-Cola formula remains a trade secret.


Root Beer

Root Beer is called this because of its original main ingredients, which included sassafras root and a little bit of alcohol. These things were mixed together with a combo of herbs, roots, and berries. Charles Hines, the creator of this drink, originally sold it as a dry mix packet of root tea to cure sickness. Then when he began bottling the drink in liquid form he then changed the name to “Root Beer” as a marketing strategy, and it instantly made this drink really popular.


I hope you all like this piece I’ve put together for you. Sorry it’s been a day or two since I’ve posted something, I’ve been busy with school. Don’t be afraid to follow and thanks for reading!




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