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The Many Uses of Coke

Updated on April 11, 2016
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What can you do with Coke?

We all enjoy a glass of Coke. Some people drink it daily, but did you know that there are more uses for Coca-Cola than just drinking it? I will list my top ten favorite things to do with Coke

Obviously drinking it over ice, has to be one of life's simple pleasures. The sound of the ice cracking as the Coke hits it. Or straight from a bottle or can, it is like welcoming an old friend. As the condensation drips down the chilled bottle or can, you get a taste of satisfaction.

Whether you like normal Coke, Diet Coke, or Coke Zero, they all bring a smile that you just don't find with other soft drinks.

How to make a Coke float

One of the favorite ways to enjoy Coke is as a Coke float.

To make this, fill a large glass half full of Coca Cola. Put in a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Do this carefully otherwise it could overflow. Top up with more Coke. You have a Coke float.

Although I have suggested vanilla ice cream, you can use other flavors as well. Try chocolate, cherry, or mint chip.

It is always a good idea to serve this not only with a straw but with a long spoon as well. This makes it easier to reach the ice cream at the bottom of the glass.

Starting with frosted glasses from the fridge or freezer keeps it cold even longer.

Which ice cream flavor would you choose

To make an Coke float, which flavor ice cream do you prefer?

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Cure Indigestion with Coke

If you suffer occasionally from indigestion, perhaps you need to keep some Coke at hand. Small sips will encourage you to feel the burp of relief due to the carbonation. Those handy little bubbles can help release the trapped air in your stomach causing you to burp.

Don't gulp it down or you will be adding to the problem, just small sips will suffice.

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Remove grease stains using Coke

You can remove grease stains from clothing. Apply Coke to the area, leave for 30 minutes and wash as normal. This not only takes out grease stains but also grass and blood stains as well.

The next time you have stubborn stains, give it a try.

Bacardi and Coke

One of the most asked for drinks in any bar. Coke is one of the favorite drinks to go with almost any spirit.

Can you imagine a bar that doesn't have this behind the counter or on tap. I think not.

If you aren't sure what combinations go with Coke, the book below will help.No bar, either at home or as a business should be without this bartender's handbook.


The Ultimate Bar Book: The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails
The Ultimate Bar Book: The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails

I love this book. Even if I don't drink what my friends are asking for, I've got the recipe. It also makes for a fun evening choosing one we haven't tried before.

 
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Clean Pans with Coke

Coke can be used to clean scorched pans. Pour into pan and allow to sit. The Coke will restore the pan to its former glory.

Once the acid from the Coke has lifted the burned residue, the pan can be washed as normal. Throw away your scourers and replace with a bottle of Coke.

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Cleaning pennies

If you are having a Hyacinth Bucket day you may want to try this.

Okay, maybe this isn't something you do every day but show this to a child and they will be astounded!

Place the pennies in a glass jar and fill with Coke. Leave overnight. They will look like they just left the mint.

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Using Coke as a meat tenderizer

Never suffer from tough meat when you have a can of Coke at hand. Soak the meat in Coke for 30 minutes before preparing. The meat will become much more tender.

Do you have any other uses for Coke?

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm glad you weren't talking about illicit drugs ;)

      Removing stains is a new one on me. I always thought Coke caused stains. But then, I'm not good with laundry. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Jennifer Kirby 5 years ago

      I just made a Coke Cake for the first time the other day - out of this world delicious! I'm going to try using Coke to rid my hubby's clothes of grease stains. Nice Hub - voted Up!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great ideas. Thirty years ago my best friend introduced me to Coke Cake. Its been a family favorite ever since. :)

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      Dan Robbins 5 years ago from Ohio

      Some very interesting ways of using Coke that I'd never thought of here. Thank you for sharing.

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      Derek James 5 years ago from South Wales

      Very informative. I had heard of cooking a ham in Coke but these ideas are new. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      Thanks for stopping by. As a meat tenderizer, it only enhances the meat. You can even use it as a base for a BBQ sauce after it has had the meat soaking in it. If you reduce it down, you will end up with a lovely caramelized coating. Throw in some garlic, shallots, and tomato puree and bada bing you have a rich BBQ sauce.

      Hi JS. Cake and Coke, why are we just finding out about it? It is like Christmas has arrived early!

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      JSParker 5 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      What a clever hub! It just grabbed my attention and I couldn't stop reading. Great visuals, too. A cake made with Diet Coke...now you've got me.

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      paralegalpro 5 years ago

      I never knew you could use Coke to tenderize meat. Does it change the flavor of the meat at all?

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      OMG...grease stains...clean pennies?? Very informative hub! Voted up!