Website Claims to Have Uncovered Coca-Cola’s Top Secret Recipe


coca-colaA website claims to have uncovered Coca-Cola’s top secret recipe.┬áThe ingredients of the drink, created by John Pemberton, a medicinal pharmacist in 1886, have always been a mystery.

However, claims to have discovered a list in a photograph in a newspaper article giving the ingredients and exact quantities to make the drink.

The Feb 8 1979 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a photo of someone holding open a book with a recipe claimed to be an exact replica of Pemberton’s.

The recipe reportedly contains the exact measures of all the different oils needed for Coca Cola’s secret ingredient, Merchandise 7X.

Despite making up only one per cent of the drink’s total formula, Merchandise 7X is thought to give the popular soft drink its unique taste.

The official recipe is said to be guarded 24-hours a day in a vault in Atlanta, Georgia.

The ‘secret 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 colour

7X flavour (use 2oz of flavour 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

{The Telegraph/ Newscenter}


  1. Now we can save money and make our own beverages, “to taste”. Personally, I would use one drop of real sugar, to make it “semi sweet”

  2. I personally make my coca cola with 8X flavour (using 2.2oz of flavour to 5 gals syrup):
    and I use
    Alcohol 80oz
    and it is much much better than the real thing! Try it!