Coca-Cola is a carbonated soft drink sold in stores, restaurants, and vending machines throughout the world.
It is produced by The Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, Georgia,
and is often referred to simply as Coke
(a registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company in the United States
since March 27, 1944).
Originally intended as a patent medicine when it was invented in the late 19th century by John Pemberton
Coca-Cola was bought out by businessman Asa Griggs Candler
whose marketing tactics led Coke to its dominance of the world soft-drink market throughout the 20th century.