Sips From the State: The History Behind 3 Popular North Carolina Beverages

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Did you know that Pepsi, Cheerwine and Sun Drop all have roots in North Carolina? Scroll through the slideshow to learn the fascinating history behind each popular North Carolina drink.

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Cheerwine

North Carolina drinks; Cheerwine

Photo credit: Todd Bennett

Cheerwine has roots in Salisbury, where L.D. Peeler created the beverage in 1917 after a salesman from St. Louis sold him a wild cherry flavor that helped him develop the perfect recipe for his soft drink. The Carolina Beverage Corporation and Cheerwine Bottling Co. still produce the beverage, and Cheerwine has become the country’s oldest family-owned soft drink still in business today.

See more: Cheerwine Goes to the White House

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