Coca Cola Secret Recipe Discovered

The ingredients of the drink, founded by John Pemberton, a medicinal pharmacist in 1886, have always been a mystery.

However, a website 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 1% of the drink’s total formula, Merchandise 7X gives 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’ as published on thisamericanlife.org



  • Fluid extract of coca 3 drams
  • Citric acid 3oz
  • Caffeine 1oz
  • Sugar 30 (quantity not known)
  • Water 2.5 gal
  • Lime juice 2 pints 1 qrt
  • Vanilla 1oz
  • Caramel 1.5oz or more to colour

The recipe also calls for Merchandise 7X flavour (use 2oz of flavour to 5 gals syrup) which is:

  • Alcohol 8oz
  • Orange oil 20 drops
  • Lemon oil 30 drops
  • Nutmeg oil 10 drops
  • Coriander oil 5 drops
  • Neroli oil 10 drops
  • Cinnamon oil 10 drops
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Published in: on February 15, 2011 at 2:54 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Coca Cola Secret Recipe Discovered « Black Belt Review…

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

  2. […] made public since its first bottling in 1886. Leave it to TAL to unearth a 1979 story on page 28 ofCoca Cola Recipe – Most probably because it has posted the secret formula for Coca-Cola, which supposedly had not […]


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