Thursday, February 17, 2011

What? I Can Make Coca Cola at home?!

I was listening to this American Life Episode 427 on 2/11 where they cracked the secret of the coca-cola recipe.  How could I not post this for you all to make at home?! 

"The formula for Coca-Cola is one of the most jealously guarded trade secrets in the world. So we were surprised to come across a 1979 newspaper article with what looked like the original recipe for Coke. Talking to historian Mark Pendergrast, author of For God, Country and Coca-Cola, we were even more surprised when we found reasons to believe the recipe is real.

Want to try and make the "original recipe" yourself?" 
Show host Ira Glass asked Jones Soda, working with its flavor partner, Sovereign Flavors, to whip up a  batch. After tinkering with the mix to account for modern flavoring technology, they produced a soda that was pretty close to the real thing.  They will be posting the procedure soon on their website!  But if you can't wait, visit wikihow now for full step by step instructions and tips (as well as warnings!)

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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