Coca-Cola’s Secret Recipe Finally Unearthed?

Coca-Cola’s Secret Recipe Finally Unearthed?

The century old secret formula has reportedly been discovered by a radio show.

Naresh Kumar
  • 16 february 2011

For over a century, Coca-Cola had been successful in maintaining the secrecy of its recipe, but it seems that it has finally been discovered, with the radio program This American Life claiming that they have stumbled upon the original recipe, complete with the list of ingredients.

The radio show chanced upon an article on the history of Coca-Cola in an old copy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published in 1979 that contained a photo of the hand-written copy of John Pemberton’s original recipe, jotted down by a friend in a recipe book. This book, which is now in a bank vault, was tracked by the producers of This American Life and contains the recipe to make the Merchandise 7X flavoring that gives Coke its legendary taste.

To confirm their prized catch, the radio show got several experts and common people to taste-test the original formula, which came out to be quite close to the real thing.

So what’s the formula?

The 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


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