Pepsi Cola Was Originally Called “Brad’s Drink”


First produced and sold in 1898, Pepsi Cola was initially called “Brad’s Drink”  and was introduced in New Bern, North Carolina by pharmacist Caleb Bradham. In 1903 it was renamed Pepsi Cola after the digestive enzyme pepsin and kola nuts used in the recipe. Bradham sought to create a fountain drink that was delicious, would aid in digestion, and boost energy.

In 1909, automobile race pioneer Barney Oldfield was the first celebrity to endorse Pepsi-Cola  as “A bully drink…refreshing, invigorating, a fine bracer before a race.” The drink was then marketed as “Delicious and Healthful” for the next twenty years. (Wikipedia)