Boil Up Your Own Coca-Cola With the Authentic Recipe

By Gary Cutlack on at

The recipe for Coca-Cola is doing the rounds on social media at the moment, revealing that all you need is some vanilla, a bit of coriander, some citric acid and a squeeze of lime juice. And a canning facility if you're really striving for authenticity.

The precise recipe was apparently found, photocopied and distributed by Mark Pendergrast, who dug it out of the company archives back in the 1990s. The only barrier to making completely authentic Coke in your own bedroom laboratory is acquiring the neutralised coca leaves. Here, so they say, is all you need to cook up an enormous batch:

Citrate Caffein 1 oz.
Extract Vanilla 1 oz.
Flavouring 2.5 oz (detailed below)
F.E. Coco 4 oz
Citric Acid 3 oz
Lime Juice 1 quart
Sugar 30lbs
Water 2.5 Gallons
Caramel sufficient


Oil Orange 80
Oil Lemon 120
Oil Nutmeg 40
Oil Cinnamon 40
Oil Coriander 20
Oil Neroli 40
Alcohol 1 quart (let stand for 24 hours)

Get it right and you'll be looking at a vat of unofficial fizzy pop with a street value of around £25. [Mirror]

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