Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Coca Cola Secret Formula!!!

The public radio show This American Life has discovered what it believes is the original recipe for Coca-Cola, probably the greatest corporate secret formula of all. According to
"Producers of the radio program This American Life came across an article on the history of Coca-Cola in an old copy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Coca-Cola's hometown newspaper. Published on page 2B on February 18, 1979, the article received little attention at the time. But, producers say, that's because no one realized the photo used to illustrate the story is a hand-written copy of John Pemberton's original recipe, jotted down by a friend in a leather-bound recipe book of ointments and medicines, and passed down by friends and family for generations."

The only mystery left if the recipe is true is how much sugar is to be used, though my guess is 30 oz. Another difficulty is acquiring the "fluid extract of Coca" in the original mixture, though perhaps that isn't too difficult after all. But the entire 7X secret flavoring is completely intact. Here is the complete recipe:

Fluid extract of Coca: 3 drams USP
Citric acid: 3 oz
Caffeine: 1 oz
Sugar: 30 (unclear quantity)
Water: 2.5 gal
Lime juice: 2 pints, 1 quart
Vanilla: 1 oz
Caramel: 1.5 oz or more for color

The secret 7X flavor (use 2 oz of flavor to 5 gals syrup):
Alcohol: 8 oz
Orange oil: 20 drops
Lemon oil: 30 drops
Nutmeg oil: 10 drops
Coriander: 5 drops
Neroli: 10 drops
Cinnamon: 10 drops

Is This the Real Thing? Coca-Cola's Secret Formula 'Discovered'
William Lee Adams

This American Life 427: Original Recipe
Originally aired 02.11.2011

1 comment:

Portugal said...

I love Coca Cola. I wish they would make Coca Cola seltzer--no added sugar or artificial sweeteners. I would guzzle the stuff by the gallon.