Cocaine in Coca-Cola: A Combination That Fueled Racism: If you do cocaine and drink alcohol at the same time, they’ll meet inside the body to make a third drug called cocaethylene (note: these are not the kind of recipes we test here at the Test Kitchen). The Parisian chemist Angelo Mariani figured this fact out in the late 1800s, when he combined coca with wine and sold it as Vin Mariani; Jules Verne, Alexander Dumas, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were among those who partook in the substance (Pope Leo XIII also carried a flask of the stuff). The American John Stith Pemberton saw how successful the mixture was and decided to make his own version, using sugar syrup instead of wine. He called it Coca-Cola, and the drink soon became widely available in the United States. Its prevalence, however, resulted in a surge of racism; The Atlantic has the full story on this strange convergence of soda and bigotry.

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