1886 Pemberton Coca Cola Recipe Test
Ever wonder how to make the worlds favourite soda pop Coca Cola?
Very few people know the ‘real’ secret recipe… but there are versions out there hand written by the inventor of Coke – John Pemberton. Our diy Coca Cola recipe follows his 1886 version. Glen got the idea to do this back in 2011 from an NPR radio show called ‘This American Life‘, but getting the ingredients for Coca Cola wasn’t easy… and still isn’t.
Obviously Coca loaf extract is the biggie in the room – but even Neroli Oil Extract is hard to get; in that it’s so expensive! So if you are going to set out and make Coca Cola at home, or any Cola recipe at home; there will be some comprises. In the end, even with compromises, the flavour profile of the Coke recipes is so complex that minor variations are hard to detect.
Merchandise 7x Flavour [Use 2 oz flavour (below) to 5 gals syrup (I used 15mL per 19L, or 1.3mL / 1L)]
236 mL (8 oz) high proof food grade alcohol
20 drops (0.5g / 1 mL) Orange Oil
30 drops (0.75g / 1.5 mL) Lemon Oil
10 drops (0.25g / .5 mL) Nutmeg Oil
5 drops (0.125g / .25 mL) Coriander Oil
10 drops (0.25g / .5 mL) Neroli Oil (You can sub Bitter Orange Oil)
10 drops (0.25g / .5 mL) Cinnamon (Cassia / True Cinnamon) Oil
Original Sugar Syrup Recipe:
FE Coca (Fluid Extract of Coca) 3 drams USP (10.5 mL)
Citric Acid 3 oz (85g)
Caffeine 1 oz (30 mL)
Sugar 30 #
Water 2.5 gal
Lime Juice 2 pints (473 mL)
Vanilla 1 oz (30 mL)
Caramel 1.5 oz or more to colour
I made 1/8 Original and re-ordered the ingredients to order of use:
Sugar 1.7 Kg
Caramel 5.5 mL
FE Coca 1.3 mL (not used)
Vanilla 3.75 mL
Caffeine 3.75 mL
Lime Juice 59.12 mL
Citric Acid 10.6g
Mix together all of the ingredients of the 7X Flavour.
Set this aside in a sealed bottle.
Heat the water sugar and caramel in a large pot.
Stirring continuously, just until sugar is dissolved.
Take off the heat and mix in vanilla, caffeine, lime juice and citric acid.
Stir to fully combine.
Add a measured amount of 7X flavouring to the sugar syrup.
Mix with carbonated water at a ratio of one part syrup and 5 parts water.