This American Life has revealed what it believes is the original recipe for Coca-Cola. I was at the CC museum in downtown Atlanta at the end of January...just missed this news! Anyway, the press release last week describes how the show "found what appeared to be a copy of the famously guarded trade secret in a newspaper column published in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution on February 18, 1979." The TAL link above reveals part of the story and more more photos; click on image for PDF of the two part recipe - the syrup and the 'secret' 7X flavouring formula - and how to mix it. Apart from the syrup, the 7X flavour itself contains 7 ingredients: alcohol and six essential oils, of the total EO 60% is lemon and orange oils; 100% concentration food grade essential oils are needed; I have dozens of EO at work although not the fluid extract of coca - decocainized or not.
Unlike Paul (link to hat-tip), I love Coke (my fridge, today)...and as well as coin cleaning etc I remember well enough a primary school experiment forty years past seeing Coke dissolve teeth to nothing in a week. Hmmmm...
Hat-tip: One Page In A Library of Millions .
Photo: Detail of February 18, 1979 edition of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution