Coca-Cola to make alcoholic drink after more than 130 years

(NY DAILY NEWS) – After more than 130 years, beverage giant Coca-Cola has been driven to drink.

The global soft drinks company will soon add a product that is a little bit harder for customers in Japan, and develop a type of beverage where the alcohol content normally ranges up to 8%.

Jorge Garduño, president of the company’s operations on the Asian archipelago, made the announcement in an interview on the company’s website, and said it would be modeled off of Chu-hi drinks.

The drink is a carbonated mix made with the spirit shochu, though it is not clear whether the new version will taste like Coke or a more local flavor.

Sometimes classed along with “alcopops” such as Mike’s Hard Lemonade or Smirnoff Ice, Chu-hi drinks normally have an alcohol content similar to beer, between 3% and 8%.

Coca-Cola traces its roots back to 1886, though before a prohibition inventor Dr. John Pemberton had previously created “Pemberton’s French Wine Coca,” with both alcohol and a cocaine compound, according to a history in The Atlantic.

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