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Secret Recipie of Cola reveled

Updated on April 24, 2011

Cola recipe 'discovered'

The ingredients of the drink, created by John Pemberton, a medicinal pharmacist in 1886, have always been a mystery.

However, claims to have discovered a list in a photograph in a newspaper article giving the ingredients and exact quantities to make the drink.

The Feb 8 1979 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a photo of someone holding open a book with a recipe claimed to be an exact replica of Pemberton's.

The recipe reportedly contains the exact measures of all the different oils needed for Cola's secret ingredient, M---------- 7X.

Despite making up only one per cent of the drink's total formula, M---------- 7X is thought to give the popular soft drink its unique taste


According to the web site, the list of ingredients of Cola was actually published in a 1979 local newspaper article in Atlanta, Georgia, although it did not attract popular attention at that time.

"Locked in a vault in Atlanta. Supposedly unreplicable. But we think we may have found the original recipe. And to see if the formula actually might be Cola, we made a batch. Or, anyway, we asked the folks at Jones Soda and Sovereign Flavors to whip up some, to see if it tastes like Coke," the web site wrote.

The recipe, according to the web site, is a concoction of the fluid extract of coca, citric acid, caffeine, citrate caffein, sugar, water, lime juice, vanilla, caramel, flavor, alcohol, orange oil, lemon oil, nutmeg oil, corriander oil, neroli oil and cinnamon oil.

  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 23 hours 30 min
  • Ready in: 24 hours
  • Yields: 1


  • Fluid extract of Coca 3 drams USP
  • Citric acid 3 oz
  • Caffeine 1oz
  • Sugar 30 (it is unclear from the markings what quantity is required)
  • Water 2.5 gal
  • Lime juice 2 pints 1 qrt
  • Vanilla 1oz
  • Caramel 1.5oz or more to colour
  • 7 X flavour (use 2oz of flavour to 5 gals syrup)
  • Alcohol 8oz
  • Orange oil 20 drops
  • Lemon oil 30 drops
  • Nutmeg oil 10 drops
  • Coriander 5 drops
  • Neroli 10 drops
  • Cinnamon 10 drops


  1. The website said since all of these ingredients can be bought online, it would post the full instructions in a day or two.
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