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    The secret ingredients lurking in a can of coke


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    Post  Carol Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:59 pm

    A heavily-guarded secret goes viral
    By The Yahoo!Xtra Upshot
    February 17th, 2011, 12:25 pm

    One of the biggest secrets in drink history has finally been unearthed. It's the secret ingredients lurking in a can of coke.

    Coca-cola was first created in 1886 by pharmacist John Pemberton as a remedy to help him overcome his morphine addiction.

    The drink originally contained coca leaves laced with cocaine. But after a prohibition law in the 1890s, the alcohol was taken out of the drink, and cocaine-free coca leaves have been used since 1904.

    The recipe has been kept in such secrecy that, after it was sold for $2,300, the recipe was placed in a bank vault to ensure noone can see. Only two employees, who aren't allowed to travel together incase they are both killed in an accident, know the ingredients.

    Until now... Radio show 'The American Life' thinks it has found the secret recipe after stumbling across a 1979 newspaper article.

    The article is believed to be the exact recipe, published from a notebook that belonged to Pemberton's best friend.

    The limitations of newspapers back in those days meant the recipe didn't travel far... but now, thanks to the trusty internet, the whole world can know the secret!

    The recipe:

    Fluid extract of Coca: 3 drams USP
    Citric acid: 3 oz
    Caffeine: 1 oz
    Sugar: 30 (unclear quantity)
    Water: 2.5 gal
    Lime juice: 2 pints, 1 quart
    Vanilla: 1 oz
    Caramel: 1.5 oz or more for color

    The secret 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

    What is life?
    It is the flash of a firefly in the night, the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.

    With deepest respect ~ Aloha & Mahalo, Carol

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