Saturday, February 19, 2011


Over the weekend National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" released what is believed to be the secret formula for Coca-Cola. Unlike many Americans I was not weened on Coke (or Pepsi) or any sweet drinks. But I have vivid memories of the Pepsi Challange advertising campaign that pitted the two soda giants against one another in blind taste tests across the country. Two forbidden treasures hidden behind a screen in a mall parking lot where woman wobbled over and sipped and screamed "Pepsi! I can't believe it!" I wanted to believe to know the difference. I wanted to be not only a consumer of these products but a connoisseur.  

The secret formula.....

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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