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The Coca-Cola Recipe Is Revealed By 'This American Life'

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Our public media friends at This American Life broke some pretty major news over the weekend. Coca Cola's recipe has been secret since 1886. The only official copy of the recipe is supposedly in a bank vault somewhere in the U.S.

Well, This American Life thinks they've hit the jackpot. In a 1979 article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, they found what appears to be a legitimate copy of the recipe. They spoke to Mark Pendergrast, author of For God, Country and Coca-Cola, who further assured them this looks just right.

Want to try it? Here's the ingredient list from TAL:

Fluid extract of coca

Citric acid

Caffeine

Sugar

Water

Lime juice

Vanilla

Caramel

Alcohol

Orange oil

Lemon oil

Nutmeg oil

Coriander oil

Neroli oil

Cinnamon oil

Wikipedia, by the way, has a list of purported recipes that look a lot like this ingredient list. Also, just a note that as of this posting the This American Life website is offline. We'll try and get you audio of the story as soon as the site comes back up.

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