Coca-Cola (often referred to simply as Coke) is a carbonated
soft drink produced by The Coca-Cola Company. Originally intended as a patent
medicine, it was invented in the late 19th century by John Pemberton and was
bought out by businessman Asa Griggs Candler, whose marketing tactics led
Coca-Cola to its dominance of the world soft-drink market throughout the 20th century.
The drink’s name refers to two of its original ingredients, which were kola
nuts (a source of caffeine) and coca leaves. It is best served when it is