Why People in the South call every drink a Coke.

July 19, 2018


From a column on the website It's A Southern Thing written by Kelly Kazek.

"Well, pretty much every soft drink was created in the south, with Coke being one of the first and most famous. It's like calling all tissue Kleenex, all bandages Band-Aids or all friendly people southerners."


From an article on SeriousEats.com, Robert Moss wrote, "The more I've looked into it, the more I've come to believe that it stems from the region's reinvention of itself following the Civil War, during the New South era—a tumultuous period filled with industrious entrepreneurs, clever pharmacists with cure-all tonics, craven hucksters, and, of course, a hot southern climate that demanded a constant source of refreshment."



Moss also discusses how "a surprisingly large number of (soft drinks) originated in the South" and lists some of the most prominent:

Coca-Cola, created by Dr. John S. Pemberton in Atlanta in 1886;

Pepsi, invented by Caleb Bradham in North Carolina in the late 1890s;

Dr Pepper, founded in Texas in 1885;

Mountain Dew, founded in Knoxville in 1948.

In addition, some popular, smaller brands were invented in the south, such as Barq's Root Beer in Mississippi in 1898, Cheerwine in North Carolina in 1917, and Double Cola in Tennessee in 1933.


So is it because Coke and other drinks were invinted in the South?