We don’t call the soft drink Coca-Cola “Coke” for nothing. The original formula contained cocaine, but how much is debatable. The beverage’s syrup was manufactured with the extract of coca leaves – the leaves contain cocaine – and the caffeine rich kola nut.
The beverage was one of several coca drinks on the market in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some combined coca extract with alcohol. The combination of cocaine and alcohol produces a third drug that increases the high. These cocawines were extremely popular. So popular, a French cocawine was even a favorite of Pope Leo XIII.
Coca-Cola had begun its life as just such a beverage.