Sunday, February 20, 2011

Recipe for Coke?

Apparently the following is a recipe for the original coca-cola.  I found it through a message on twitter (who's I can't remember now) and have had it open in my browser for days just so I could remember to talk about it here.

From Time's News Feed:

The recipe:
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

There are a few real shockers in there for me - Coriander?  Neroli?  Isn't neroli an essence used in perfume?  According to the article, people have tried this formula but it hasn't come out quite right.  I guess the one thing they're missing is the tears of the elven workers the corporation forces into slave labour to produce the stuff (have I mentioned I have a small grr against huge multi-national food producers who aggressively market hugely unhealthy foods....?  Don't get me wrong, I'll have a coke or a coca-cola branded soft drink now and then, but I still hate the company).

I strongly suggest reading the whole article that outlines where this recipe popped up.  It's a cute story, and also a cautionary tale for those people who want to become squillionaires when they invent a neat recipe - DON'T SHARE IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS!!

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