Revealed: The Secret Recipe For Coca-Cola
    By Hank Campbell | February 15th 2011 05:55 PM | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
    The This American Life radio program claims it has found the secret recipe for Coca-Cola in an old (well, relatively speaking) newspaper article, published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1979.

    Obviously the ingredients for Coke are printed on every label - that's required by law - but the formula is something else entirely.     It has been a closely guarded secret since chemist John Pemberton devised it in 1886.   Jane Lee at says the recipe can only be mixed by two Coca-Cola Amatil executives in the world.

    photo published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1979 that reportedly shows the recipe for Coca-Cola
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution photo from 1979 may show the recipe for Coca-Cola.  Picture: This American Life

    The magic, of course, is the different oils needed to make Coca Cola’s secret ingredient, "Merchandise 7X".    Others have claimed to have the formula in the past so here it is.  Let me know if you make it yourself and how it tastes.

    Coca-Cola recipe:

    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 color

    7X flavor (use 2oz of flavor 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