Coca-Cola’s Secret Recipe Finally Revealed

Coca-ColaWell, no surprise there’s no cocaine in it (it hasn’t had that “health elixir” for quite some time) but interesting to note there’s one ingredient only Coca-Cola can get — fluid extract of coca (the leaves stripped of cocaine) — due to a deal with the DEA. Casey Chan writes on Gizmodo:

The secret recipe of Coke has been hidden and locked down for 125 years. But apparently, not anymore. This American Life says they’ve found the ingredients that make up the delicious bubbly cola and have revealed it to our delight.

The story starts with John Pemberton, a Civil War veteran who’s credited with inventing Coca-Cola. His original recipe was written down in a recipe book of various ointments and medicines that was passed down from generation to generation.

A photograph of that recipe, from that very recipe book, was taken in the Feb. 18, 1979, edition of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and only recently came to light when Ira Glass from This American Life stumbled upon it. Glass tracked down other people who claimed to have discovered the recipe as well and though they didn’t match up exactly, they were so strikingly similar that Glass concluded that this recipe was the original. Here it is:

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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  • Grooveboss

    so there is a demand for coca plants because of coca cola…….. i smell something fishy

  • Grooveboss

    so there is a demand for coca plants because of coca cola…….. i smell something fishy

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580380351 Potter Dee

      Like what?

      • grooveboss

        With a controlled substance that can grow wild its hard to keep it controlled. I bet some employees come out with some ready made clones of the exporters top plants and starts an illegal plantation with ideal plants. Talking about coca plant not the all beloved cannabis (what dr.pepper uses!!)

  • Why

    phosphoric acid? propylene glycol? seems those two were not original components…i too smell something fishy.

  • Why

    phosphoric acid? propylene glycol? seems those two were not original components…i too smell something fishy.

  • Why

    phosphoric acid? propylene glycol? seems those two were not original components…i too smell something fishy.

    • Godozo

      We’re talking about the original ingredients, NOT the present ingredients. I’m sure they didn’t have High Fructose Corn Syrup back when this recipe was put together.

      I’m also pretty sure the additives have been tweaked here and there. In This American Life, the people who eventually put together what came close to Coca Cola had reduced the flavor additives to one fourth the listed measurements.

    • Bat Weasel

      Glycol and Acid are two Buzz Words for OIL and BOOZE

  • Godozo

    We’re talking about the original ingredients, NOT the present ingredients. I’m sure they didn’t have High Fructose Corn Syrup back when this recipe was put together.

    I’m also pretty sure the additives have been tweaked here and there. In This American Life, the people who eventually put together what came close to Coca Cola had reduced the flavor additives to one fourth the listed measurements.

  • DeepCough

    Aw, so it’s true, the “coca” does remain in the “cola” to this very day. No wonder people can’t stop drinkin’ the shyte.

  • DeepCough

    Aw, so it’s true, the “coca” does remain in the “cola” to this very day. No wonder people can’t stop drinkin’ the shyte.

  • Sahsha.

    laaaaaala

  • Kootsvayouma

    Any chance of seeing this photograph?

  • Kootsvayouma

    Any chance of seeing this photograph?

  • GirlGirl

    They still use de-cocainized coca leaves for flavoring and are the largest (and only) legal importers of the plant in the U.S.

  • GirlGirl

    They still use de-cocainized coca leaves for flavoring and are the largest (and only) legal importers of the plant in the U.S.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580380351 Potter Dee

    Like what?

  • Bat Weasel

    Glycol and Acid are two Buzz Words for OIL and BOOZE

  • Bat Weasel
  • Liam_McGonagle

    Okay, folks, nothing to see here. Obviously this thing is a hoax: Where is the cat piss and the goat vomit on this list of ingredients? Obviously this was written by someone who’s never tasted Coke.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Okay, folks, nothing to see here. Obviously this thing is a hoax: Where is the cat piss and the goat vomit on this list of ingredients? Obviously this was written by someone who’s never tasted Coke.

  • grooveboss

    With a controlled substance that can grow wild its hard to keep it controlled. I bet some employees come out with some ready made clones of the exporters top plants and starts an illegal plantation with ideal plants. Talking about coca plant not the all beloved cannabis (what dr.pepper uses!!)

  • Scenicdriver

    HFC replaced sugar in the 80′s.
    Coca is legally grown in Bolivia and Peru. It is common throughout and native to the Andes and does not grow well elsewhere. Also, it takes an absurd amount to make a small amount of cocaine (hence no one grows it like pot in the states)

  • Scenicdriver

    HFC replaced sugar in the 80′s.
    Coca is legally grown in Bolivia and Peru. It is common throughout and native to the Andes and does not grow well elsewhere. Also, it takes an absurd amount to make a small amount of cocaine (hence no one grows it like pot in the states)

  • Loe

    I have it on good authority, that this isn’t the real recipe.

  • Loe

    I have it on good authority, that this isn’t the real recipe.