Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Is this the original CocaCola recipe?

This American Life, from WBEZ had a radio program last weekend exploring if this alleged recipe was really the original CocaCola recipe, and if it was, what did people think about its taste. And so they made it and hit the road for a taste test. 

The formula for Coca-Cola is one of the most jealously guarded trade secrets in the world. It's rumored that only two people know it, and they never travel on the same airplane. So we were surprised to come across a 1979 newspaper article containing what was supposedly the original recipe for Coke. We were even more surprised when we found reasons to believe the recipe is real. (25 minutes)

Want to try and make the "original recipe" yourself?

If you do try it, let us know how it turned out and what you thought:

Everett Beal's Recipe Book
In Feb 28, 1979 Article
Atlanta Journal and Constitution Newspaper
Pemberton's Notebook
Published in the 1992
History: For God, Country & Coca-Cola
FE Coca
(Fluid Extract of Coca)
3 drams USP4 oz FE Coco
Citric Acid3 oz3 oz
Caffeine1 oz1oz Citrate Caffein
Sugar30 #30 #
Water2.5 gal2.5 gal
Lime Juice2 pints (1 qrt)1 qrt
Vanilla1 oz1 oz
Caramel1.5 oz or more to colorColor sufficient
Use 2 oz flavor (below) to 5 gals syrup2.5 oz flavor
7X Flavor
Alcohol8 oz1 qrt
Orange Oil20 drops80
Lemon Oil30120
Nutmeg Oil1040
Corriander Oil520
Neroli Oil1040
Cinnamon Oil1040
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