Coca-Cola bottle 1916Coca-Cola syrup was invented by a pharmacist, John S Pemberton, in Atlanta, Georgia. It reputedly contained cocaine as well as caffeine. Drugstores in the USA were the source of restorative drinks via the popular soda fountains, where carbonated water was added to various syrups. The first national bottling agreement for Coca-Cola was signed in 1899. Bottled versions of popular brands became more common after machine-made bottles became available in 1903, but the familiar contoured Coke bottle was not introduced until 1916.   > Soft drink timeline