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Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Several multinational companies started hunting the ex-executives in Coca Cola who had some experience in dealing with the manufacturing process of Cola giant Coca Cola. Recently we received an email stating that the secret formula of Coca Cola is no more a secret. This post we are writing just after hearing another interesting news from West. "This American Life," a weekly radio program, said it found the closely guarded formula in an article in Coke's hometown newspaper, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, from February 1979.

This American Life recipe

COCA COLA RECIPEOn February 11, 2011 Ira Glass revealed on his NPR radio show, This American Life, that the secret formula to Coca-Cola had been uncovered in a 1979 newspaper. The formula found basically matched the formula found in Pemberton's diary.

The recipe revealed contains:

  • Fluid extract of Coca: 3 drams USP
  • Citric acid: 3 oz
  • Caffeine: 1 oz
  • Sugar: 30 lbs
  • 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 oil: 5 drops
  • Neroli oil: 10 drops
  • Cinnamon oil: 10 drops

In 1993, Mark Pendergrast published what he believed to be Coke's original formula in For God, Country and Coca-Cola. He'd come across the following among John Pemberton's papers:

  • Citrate Caffein, 1 oz.
  • Ext. Vanilla, 1 oz.
  • Flavoring, 2.5 oz.
  • Fluid extract of coca, 4 oz.
  • Citric Acid, 3 oz.
  • Lime Juice, 1 Qt.
  • Sugar, 30 lbs.
  • Water, 2.5 Gal.
  • Caramel sufficient

Mix Caffeine Acid and Lime Juice in 1 Qt Boiling water add vanilla and flavoring when cool.


  • Oil Orange, 80
  • Oil Lemon, 120
  • Oil Nutmeg, 40
  • Oil Cinnamon, 40
  • Oil Coriander, 40
  • Oil Neroli, 40
  • Alcohol, 1 Qt., Stand for 24 hours.

Just because of presence of  cocaine is naturally in coca leaves, today's Coca-Cola uses "spent," or treated, coca leaves, those that have been through a cocaine extraction process, to flavor the beverage. The coca leaves are imported from countries like Peru and Bolivia and treated to prepare Fluid Extract Coca.

Some other suspected recipes of Coca Cola are given below

Pemberton recipe

This recipe is attributed to a diary owned by Coca-Cola inventor, John S. Pemberton, just before his death in 1888.

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 oz (28 g) caffeine citrate
    • 3 oz (85 g) citric acid
    • 1 US fl oz (30 ml; 1 imp fl oz) vanilla extract
    • 1 US qt (946 ml; 33 imp fl oz) lime juice
    • 2.5 oz (71 g) "flavoring," i.e., "Merchandise 7X"
    • 30 lb (14 kg) sugar
    • 4 US fl oz (118.3 ml; 4.2 imp fl oz) powder extract of cocaine (decocainized flavor essence of the coca leaf).
    • 2.5 US gal (9.5 l; 2.1 imp gal) water
    • caramel sufficient
  • "Mix caffeine acid and lime juice in 1 quart boiling water add vanilla and flavoring when cool."
  • Flavoring (Merchandise 7X):
    • 80 oil orange
    • 40 oil cinnamon
    • 120 oil lemon
    • 20 oil coriander
    • 40 oil nutmeg
    • 40 oil neroli
    • 1 US qt (946 ml; 33 imp fl oz) alcohol
  • "Let stand 24 hours."

This recipe does not specify when or how the ingredients are mixed, or the flavoring oil quantity units of measure (though it implies that the "Merchandise 7X" was mixed first). This was common in recipes at the time, as it was assumed that preparers knew the method.

Reed recipe

This recipe is attributed to pharmacist John Reed.

  • 30 lb (14 kg) sugar
  • 2 US gal (7.6 l; 1.7 imp gal) water
  • 1 US qt (950 ml; 33 imp fl oz) lime juice
  • 4 oz (110 g) citrate of caffeine
  • 2 oz (57 g) citric acid
  • 1 US fl oz (30 ml; 1.0 imp fl oz) extract of vanilla
  • 3/4 US fl oz (22.18 ml; 0.78 imp fl oz) fluid extract of kola nut
  • 3/4 US fl oz (22.18 ml; 0.78 imp fl oz) fluid extract of coca
Merory recipe

Recipe is from Food Flavorings: Composition, Manufacture and Use. Makes one 1 US gallon (3.8 l; 0.83 imp gal) of syrup. Yield (used to flavor carbonated water at 1 US fl oz (30 ml; 1.0 imp fl oz) per bottle): 128 bottles, 6.5 US fl oz (190 ml; 6.8 imp fl oz).

  • Mix 5 lb (2.3 kg) of sugar with just enough water to dissolve the sugar fully. (High-fructose corn syrup may be substituted for half the sugar.)
  • Add 114 oz (35 g) of caramel, 110 oz (3 g) caffine, and 25 oz (11 g) phosphoric acid.
  • Extract the cocaine from 58 drachms (1.1 g) of coca leaf (Truxillo growth of coca preferred) with toluol; dry the cocaine extract.
  • Soak the coca leaves and kola nuts (both finely powdered; 15 drachms (0.35 g) in 34 oz (21 g) of 20% alcohol.
  • California white wine fortified to 20% strength was used as the soaking solution circa 1909, but Coca-Cola may have switched to a simple water/alcohol mixture.
  • After soaking, discard the coca and kola and add the liquid to the syrup.
  • Add 1 oz (28 g) lime juice (a former ingredient, evidently, that Coca-Cola now denies) or a substitute such as a water solution of citric acid and sodium citrate at lime-juice strength.
  • Mix together
    • 12 drachms (0.89 g) lemon oil,
    • 14 drachms (0.44 g) orange oil,
    • 110 drachms (0.18 g) cassia (Chinese cinnamon) oil,
    • 25 drachms (0.71 g) nutmeg oil, and, if desired, traces of
    • coriander,
    • lavender, and
    • neroli oils,
  • Add 110 oz (2.8 g) water to the oil mixture and let stand for twenty-four hours at about 60 °F (16 °C). A cloudy layer will separate.
  • Take off the clear part of the liquid only and add the syrup.
  • Add 710 oz (20 g) glycerine (from vegetable source, not hog fat, so the drink can be sold to Jews and Muslims who observe their respective religion's dietary restrictions) and310 drachms (0.53 g) of vanilla extract.
  • Add water (treated with chlorine) to make a gallon of syrup.

We are not sure about the authenticity of these recipes. readers may try this at home and let us know which one tastes like the original Coke.


  • Products and Packaging Myths and Rumors - Cochineal, The Coca-Cola Company, accessed February 5, 2010.
  • Langman, Jimmy (October 30, 2006), "Just Say Coca", Newsweek on, retrieved 2007-05-05
  • Allen, Frederick.   Secret Formula.    New York: HarperCollins, 1994.   ISBN 0-88730-672-1   (pp. 162, 446).
  •     Croft, Jay.   "Battle Goes on Over Coca-Cola Papers." The Atlanta Journal and Constitution.   13 March 1997   (p. H12).
  •     Miller, Michael.   "Things Go Better with Coca Extract." Rocky Mountain News.   22 November 1994   (p. A28).
  •     Pendergrast, Mark.   For God, Country, and Coca-Cola.    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1993.   ISBN 0-684-19347-7   (pp. 421-425).
  •     Rochell, Anne.   "Has Writer Cracked Big Secret of Coke?"The Atlanta Journal and Constitution.   25 April 1993   (p. H1).

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1 comment:

mensajes claro said...

Do anybody try the coca cola formula ? does it work ?

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