“Pepsi and Coke have to co-exist on the shelf for the long term because if they pull each other down, no one’s going to drink carbonated soft drinks anymore.” ~ John Quelch

Soda has become one of the most popular drinks in the world, and its all due to the people of the past experimenting with carbonated water. Because of its extensive history during the 1800’s, there’s a day to celebrate its history and popularity all over the world, and that’s Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day. If you’re curious about how this day came to be, read more about its history and see how you can help celebrate it.

History of Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day

The first known carbonated beverages were alcoholic. During the 1600’s, beer, wine, and champagne were carbonated through the fermentation process. However, as chemists experimented with the idea of putting bubbles into the water, their later inventions, such as Dr. Henry Cavendish’s aerating apparatus, would inspire Joseph Priestley to experiment with carbonated water himself. He later discovered a method of infusing water with bubbles by suspending a bowl of water over a beer vat. He found that the water to be pleasant tasting and offered it to people as a way to refresh themselves.

Since his experiments, entrepreneurs started manufacturing the carbonated water into bottles and created a business out of it, leading to the invention of soft drinks infused with flavors and caffeine. One of the first flavored carbonated soft drinks was ginger beer. As industrialization took over, the invention of resealable bottles helped keep the manufacturing process going. As the caffeinated part, caffeine has been a part of human history because of drinks like tea and coffee. When people started experimenting with carbonated drinks, caffeine was added to bring more allure to potential consumers, which came when the invention of Coca-Cola and Pepsi became popular in the 1950’s and 60’s.

How to celebrate Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day

If you can’t go without your caffeine but don’t like coffee or tea, then take this day to buy a soda and drink it throughout your day. If you’re not a fan, then try out a soda flavored chapstick as a solution and drink a cup of coffee or tea. Or if you want to try something different, try a carbonated yerba mate, guayusa, or carbonated chocolate drink and get your caffeine fix there. You can even buy your own soda maker and mix up your own tasty concoctions. Let everyone know what day it is by using the hashtag #carbonatedbeveragewithcaffeineday on your favorite social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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