Legend claims that without the Civil War, there would be no Vernor’s. Creator James Vernor, a Detroit pharmacist, created the drink and left it in an oak cask when he was called after war. When he returned, the drink had transformed. The ginger soft drink quickly gained a strong following, and today the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group owns the soft drink. Even after expansion, Michigan still accounts for a large amount of the soft drink’s sales.