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Coca-Cola: Variation in Available Products

Updated on June 6, 2016


Coca-Cola drink was first discovered by a United States pharmacist, Dr John S. Pemberton in 1886. It was produced as soft drink and marketed at soda fountains at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia on may 8, 1886. The product was created in the form of flavored syrup mixed with carbonated water. Coca-Cola, sold as a tonic, contained extracts of cocaine as well as the caffeine-rich kola nut until 1905. During its initial marketing stage, Coca-Cola was sold for 5 cents per glass for consumption. Some of the available brands of Coca Cola include Coca-Cola Light (sugar free), Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Classic (caffeine), Coca-Cola Zero, Diet Coke(sugar free), Coca-Cola Cherry etc

Originally, Coca-Cola syrup probably included either high fructose corn syrup or sucrose derived from cane sugar, caffeine, phosphoric acid, caramel color, coca extract and lime extract. Coca-Cola products imported from Mexico are made with cane sugar or a syrup-sucrose mixture available in 2-liter bottles. On the other hand, those products made in United States were produced with high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener.

Coca-Cola Recipe

There are four different recipes purported to have been used in formulating Coca-Cola drinks. These include Pemberton recipe, Reed recipe, Merory recipe and Everett Beal recipe. Some of the recipe appear to have been altered beacuse of the ban placed on use of coca leaves in Coca-Cola products. The problem with the use of coca leaves was that small amount of cocaine present gave the consumer an euphoric response. Some of the products were substituted with caffeine even though it was challenged by the United States government agency. Some of the products were allowed to contain caffeine as long as it is stated on the bottle label.

Recipes and Drink Container Sizes

In Pemberton recipe, some of the ingredients include caffeine citrate, citric acid, vanilla extract, lime juice, sugar, water, caramel etc. Reed's recipe differs from Pemberton in that it used fluid extract of kola nut while Pemberton's uses caramel while reed's does not. Merory recipe differs from the other two in that it uses glycerine, from vegetable source, in addition to other products as Pemberton and Reed. Everett Beal's recipe appear to match the formula found in Pemberton recipe with respect to ingredients such as citric acid, caffeine, sugar, water, lime juice, vanilla and caramel.

Some of the available product sizes include Coca-Cola Coke Classic 20 ounces bottle, Coca-Cola Soda 12 ounces cans, Coca-Cola Soda 20 ounces, Coca-Cola Coke Soda 1 liter bottle, Coca-Cola Soda Cherry 12 ounces cans

Coca-Cola Zero

One of the Coca-Cola products is of interest to many people. Coca-Cola Zero is an interesting product and is a low-calorie brand of Coca-Cola marketed to men, who associated diet drinks with women. It was introduced in 2005 and comes as Coca-Cola Cherry Zero, Coca-Cola Vanilla Zero, Caffeine free Coca-Cola Zero and Coca-Cola Lime Zero. It comes with caramel color and cola flavor. In the United States, the drink has been advertised as "calorie free" rather than "diet".


In conclusion, varies Coca-Cola drinks has been formulated and some has been made in form of healthy drinks like diet coke and Coca-Cola Zero. Some of the drinks with caffeine has been used for stimulation in the body as well as for alertness. Throughout the world, varies Coca-Cola formulations has been used as beverage drinks and any traces of Cocaine alkaloids mostly has not been reported to cause any drug effects.


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