A Short History of Cocaine Wine and Coca-Cola

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Angelo Mariani, an obscure chemist from Corsica, created a coca leaf-infused wine in 1863 that would soon become a sensation. The beverage, named Vin Mariani, was enjoyed by royalty, including Queen Victoria, and was endorsed by Pope Leo XIII. Even more impressive, Vin Mariani was the inspiration for Coca-Cola, the world-famous soft drink. Today, coca wine lives on in Bolivia, albeit with some modifications, where energy drinks and remedies for altitude sickness are sold. Read full article here

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