“This American Life” reveals original Coca-Cola recipe

The radio program found the recipe in an old issue of the Atlanta Constitution-Journal. So, what's in it?

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"This American Life" reveals original Coca-Cola recipe

Chicago-based radio program “This American Life” cracked the Coca-Cola code. The show apparently unearthed the soft drink’s recipe — which is guarded in a massive vault in the Coke’s corporate headquarters in Georgia — in a 1979 edition of the Atlanta Constitution-Journal. The recipe dates back to 1886.

So what’s in it, then? To start: the eponymous coca extract, plus citric acid, lime juice vanilla, caramel, caffeine, sugar and water. More important, though is “7X” — which includes orange oil, alcohol, nutmeg oil, lemon oil, coriander, neroli and cinnamon — and constitutes the drink’s backbone.

You can read more about the recipe and listen to This American Life’s broadcast at their website here

Peter Finocchiaro is the deputy editor of Salon. Follow him on Twitter @PLFino.

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