Top Secret Coca Cola Recipe Revealed – Contains Alcohol?

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Could it be so? The This American Life radio show claims to have discovered the Coca Cola recipe that has been kept in a vault guarded by armed guards 24 hours a day in Atlanta. According to the show, the recipe contains alcohol and an extract from a cocaine plant. 

Companies all over the world have been trying to uncover this recipe for more than 125 years. They come close but haven’t been able to crack Coca Cola’s secret ingredient for Merchandise7X, which gives the drink a unique burn. 

So how did they figure it out? According to This American Life radio show, the secret lies in a photograph published in the February 8, 1779 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The photo captures an image of someone holding a book opened to a page containing the exact Pemberton recipe. 

The story of Coca Cola starts back in 1886. John Pemberton, a civil war pharmacist, created French Wine Coca, a concoction of kola nut and coca wine, to cure his morphine addiction. Because of the Atlanta prohibition of 1886, he reformulated the drink to exclude alcohol and created Coco-Cola. He started selling it to pharmacies as a pain medication. 

When the drink started to become popular, the company started to get protective of their recipe, especially the Merchandise 7X ingredient. All recipes were reported to have been destroyed and ingredient labels were taken off the bottles.

 But, they forgot to destroy a book of remedies that was passed down through the ages. This journal is now protected in a vault, but not before it was photographed for a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. This is the recipe that This American Life claims to be the true Coca-Cola concoction. 

When the side affects of cocaine use became apparent, Coca-cola started changing the recipe to exclude the drug from the drink. 

This recipe claims to have alcohol and fluid extract from the Coca plant, which is the same plant cocaine is extracted from. Would the FDA truly approve a drink with these ingredients without some sort of warning label and allow children to drink it? Maybe this is how Coke eats battery acid and cleans oil stains.

According to ABC News, “Many third parties have tried over time to crack our secret formula,” spokeswoman Kerry Tressler told ABC News. “Try as they might, there’s only one real thing. And that was not it.” 

The recipe according to the

Fluid extract of Coca: 3 drams USP
Citric acid: 3 oz
Caffeine: 1 oz
Sugar: 30 (unclear quantity due to unclear markings)
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

Photo credit: Coca Cola Company


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