BEVERAGES BACK IN THE DAY: Dr. Pepper has 125 Years of History
For the past year, ‘Peppers’ around the world have been raising Dr Pepper bottles and cans celebrating the 125 Year Anniversary of the unique soft drink. It was first formulated by a Brooklyn born pharmacist named Charles Alderton who worked at Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas. The drink was first called a ‘Waco’ and promoted to locals by Wade Morrison who Alderton gave the recipe to when he left the area. Morrison patented the drink as Dr. Pepper in 1985, one year before Coca Cola was formulated in Atlanta. Dr Pepper was introduced nationally in 1904 as a new kind of soda pop, made with 23 flavors. There are many stories and theories on why Morrison called it Dr Pepper, from being reference to the ‘pep’ and pick-me-up the drink delivered or that he named it after a recipe for Dr Pepper’s Pepsin Bitters found in an old pharmacy logbook. Others believe the drink was named after a real man, Dr. Charles T. Pepper of Rural Retreat, Virginia who might have given Morrison his first job when he lived in Virginia.
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