Exactly 125 years ago an Atlanta pharmacist mixed up a cure for headache and fatigue and stumbled upon the recipe for what has become one of the world's most recognisable drinks and brand names.
Coca-Cola is celebrating the moment when on May 8, 1886 John (Stith) Pemberton (seen here) made his way into American culture, creating a soft drink now sold in more than 200 countries and earning the company a place among the world's top 100 firms.
Regular Coke, as opposed to its numerous offshoots such as Diet Coke, remains the world's favorite soda with a whopping 17 percent market share, trouncing its rival Pepsi.
The recipe is a closely guarded secret passed down through the generations, and according to legend safely stashed away in a company vault.
"The Coca-Cola saga has been reverentially preserved and nurtured over the years," writes author Mark Pendergrast in his book "For God, Country and Coca-Cola" which relates the history of the drink.
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