[Noisebridge-discuss] tastebridge: Coca-Cola recipe!!!

Jake jake at spaz.org
Thu Feb 17 05:56:26 UTC 2011

Scroll down for the supposed actual recipe for coca-cola.
lets find out!

Coca-Cola Secret Recipe Revealed?: 'This American Life' Says It Hid In 
Plain Sight
The Huffington Post  Dean Praetorius  First Posted: 02/15/11 01:46 PM

It might be one of the most closely guarded secrets in the soft drink 

But the cat might be out of the bag.

On "This American Life" this weekend, Ira Glass broadcasted what he 
believes to be the original recipe to "merchandise 7X," the super secret 
ingredient in Coca-Cola. One of the world's most closely guarded trade 
secrets, many myths surround the ingredient, including the idea that only 
two people at any given time actually know the formula.

Glass claims that "This American Live" found the recipe published in a 
newspaper in Coke's very own hometown -- on page 2B of the February 18, 
1979, Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Apparently, a local columnist had 
stumbled across it in an old book of recipes, which was handwritten by a 
pharmacist decades earlier.

While it sounds like a weird place to find such a thing, Coca-Cola was 
invented by a pharmacist, and was initially sold at pharmacies and soda 
fountains. The book containing the recipes had been passed down by 
pharmacists for years.

Apparently, John Pemberton, the inventor of Coke was very close to the 
original author of the 130-year-old-book, who copied the recipe and 
recorded it in its pages.

The recipe, from "This American Life" via Time:

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
But is it real? During the "This American Life" segment, one Coke 
historian says it very well could be, though the soft-drink maker denies 

For the whole "This American Life" broadcast, visit their site (which has 
periodically been down), or check out their Facebook page, where it's also 

The recipe itself is read around the 10 minute mark.

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