There are some questions that may never be solved. What happened in Roswell in 1947, whether the chicken or the egg came first, what the hell was that last episode of ‘Lost’ all about, these are set to remain mysteries to most of us mere mortals.
One secret that has remained closely guarded over the years is the recipe for Coca-Cola. Yes, we know you heard there was cocaine in there but that apparently changed some time early in the 20th century.
So what makes this sugary concoction so irresistible to billions around the world then (other than an aggressive marketing strategy second to none)? Author Mark Prendergast claims to have found the recipe in a book once owned by the company’s founder, which is pretty convenient hey? This taken from Metro:
Citrate Caffeine 1 oz.
Extract Vanilla 1 oz.
Flavouring 2.5 oz (detailed below)
F.E. Coco 4 oz
Citric Acid 3 oz
Lime Juice 1 quart
Water 2.5 Gallons
Oil Orange 80
Oil Lemon 120
Oil Nutmeg 40
Oil Cinnamon 40
Oil Coriander 20
Oil Neroli 40
Alcohol 1 quart (let stand for 24 hours)
There you have it. If making your own home-brewed Coca-Cola is something that excites you, go ahead and give it a bash. I think I will stick to home-brewed beer for the time being, it’s probably healthier for body and mind than anything Coke-related you can cook up at home.
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