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Vin Mariani: The Cocaine-Infused Wine Beloved by Popes and Presidents

Vin Mariani: The Cocaine-Infused Wine Beloved by Popes and Presidents

Products containing the stimulant made from coca leaves were found in tonics, sodas, and even baby formulas. The brand was Vin Mariani, the brainchild of French chemist and winemaker Angelo Mariani. Vin tonique Mariani à la Coca de Pérou had 6 milligrams of cocaine per ounce, which presented a problem when Angelo Mariani wanted to bring it to America. In addition to the pair of popes, Mariani's cocaine cocktail won over Ulysses S. Grant, Thomas Edison, and Jules Verne, among others. Angelo Mariani's Vin tonique Mariani à la Coca de Pérou wine.

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