Passaro's Manhattan Special, "The Original Coffee Soda", was the invention of yet another medical professional, osteopath Teresa Cimino. In 1895, Cimino, an immigrant from Naples, began producing the beverage in Brooklyn from pure, sweetened espresso coffee with light carbonation. (It's named for the production facility on that borough's Manhattan Avenue, where it is still made.) The company is run today by brother and sister Louis and Aurora Passaro, the great-grandchildren of Cimino.
Even before Prohibition, Coca-Cola billed itself as "The Drink That Cheers But Does Not Inebriate". At about the same time, a hearty, burgundy-colored soft drink called Cheerwine hit the market in North Carolina. The sweet, wild cherry-flavored soda
developed a strong following, and is now distributed mostly in North and South Carolina—where it is sometimes known as "the nectar of the Tarheels".