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The Buzz on Soda History

Updated: 6 days ago


TexaCola Craft Soda
TexaCola isn't the first soda. But it does have a cool history.

Ah, soda. For as long as you can remember, soda has been there for you. Thirsty on a hot summer day? Have some lone vanilla ice cream that could really use some oomph? Enjoying a delicious meal and need something to wash it down? You already know you're reaching for a bubbly ice-cold soda. But have you ever wondered what had to go down to get that bottle to your table? Buckle up for this ride.


Our story begins in 1767 when a European man named Joseph Priestly figured out how to infuse water with carbon dioxide, creating the first carbonated beverage. Back then people believed carbonated water cured illnesses so "soda" was sold in pharmacies. Pharmacists would mix prescriptions into soda to make it easier for the patients to take.


It wasn't until the creation of root beer in 1876 that soda began to evolve into a drink option. Cola flavored soda entered the market shortly after in 1881. Dr Pepper was created in 1885 and believed to be the first soda as we know it today followed by Coca-Cola one year later.


The story doesn't end there; there have been many modifications to the way soda has been enjoyed between its invention and today. In 1892, Baltimore shop owner William Painter created the crown cork bottle seal to keep carbon dioxide bubbles from escaping the bottle. In 1902, the first vending machines were set up in U.S. providing an easy way for Americans to have access to soda. The state of the soda market dramatically shifted in the 1950s with the creation of the easy-to-open soda can.


The love of soda is still very much alive today seeing that America spends approximately $65 billion in soda a year. So whether you're drinking it from the bottle, mixing it in your whiskey, pouring it over your ice cream, or using it to get rust off your engine, we can all appreciate the contributions made throughout the years to get it into our hands.


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Guest
Mar 25

We know the Egyptians drank carbonated water so I think they might have you on the timeline.

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Truly Jupiter
Truly Jupiter
Nov 19, 2022

Vernors was created in 1866, so it's older than Dr. Pepper and Coke.

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Shannon Gardiner
Shannon Gardiner
Oct 11, 2022

Fioravanti seems to be the first soda, I wouldn't count Schweppes as they where just making soda water (unflavoured), ginger ale (which was brewed not carbonated) and tonic water (which was a medical tonic drink). Everyone else before Dr Pepper other than Fioravanti where making tonics or brewed (not carbonated) beverages. And since Fioravanti is really only known in Spanish speaking places for Americans Dr Pepper is the tasty first soda winner. Well from my little internet research.

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vernorsclub
vernorsclub
Oct 11, 2022
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So you didn’t bother reading the previous comments? Fioravanti was first sold in 1878. That means Vernor’s (1866) a HIGHLY carbonated soft drink, White Rock (1871) and Hires (1876) all beat it.

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Joe Striker
Joe Striker
Aug 30, 2021

Vernors was the first U.S. soda in 1866. Do your homework.

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Ali Boulouaret
Ali Boulouaret
Aug 24, 2021

Hamoud boualem ( Algerian brand)came before any soda in the world1878

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vernorsclub
vernorsclub
Aug 24, 2021
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If we’re including the world, Schweppes 1783. American brands Vernor’s 1866, White Rock 1871, and Hires 1876 all precede 1878.

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