Coca Cola Recipe:This American Life Reveals the Secret Formula


A recipe that has been closely guarded with “bank vault” level protection is today’s hottest Google search. Hold your horses, WikiLeaks, Ira Glass and his this American Life crew have done a bit of digging and discovered what they believe to be the actual, original recipe of Coca Cola. The recipe (below) was revealed on the weekend edition of the This American Life broadcast.

When members of the radio show staff mixed up a batch of the formula, they were unable to differentiate between their own concoction, and that of the actual bottled drink. Interested in trying your own taste test at home?  Here’s the formula, as it was revealed on the show.

Coca Cola Recipe

from This American Life

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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