Coke's secret formula revealed?

By The Associated Press

This American Life, the weekly hour-long radio program produced by Chicago Public Radio and hosted by Ira Glass, might be causing some major heartburn in Atlanta.

The show released the exact ingredients from a photo that is purported to show the recipe for Coca-Cola.

The recipe has been a closely guarded secret at the Atlanta-based Cola company for a century, reportedly locked in a vault. The world-famous drink was created by pharmacist John Pemberton in 1886.

But This American life found a photograph appearing in the 1979 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that shows someone holding open a book that with a recipe purported to be an exact replica of Pemberton’s mix.

Here is the recipe:

Fluid extract of Coca 3 drams USP

Citric acid 3 oz.

Caffeine 1 oz.

Sugar 30

Water 2.5 gal.

Lime juice 2 pints 1 qrt.

Vanilla 1 oz.

Caramel 1.5 oz. or more to color

7X flavor (use 2 oz. of flavor to 5 gals. syrup)

Alcohol 8 oz.

Orange oil 20 drops

Lemon oil 30 drops

Nutmeg oil 10 drops

Coriander 5 drops

Neroli 10 drops

Cinnamon 10 drops

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