How can I make my own home-made cola drink?
I would like to make my own cola drink from natural ingredients (or as natural as possible).
I have no idea what goes into a cola, so I don't know if this is even possible.
I realise that each manufacturer has their own "secret sauce", but I assume that there must be a fairly common base of ingredients which will yield a that essential cola taste.
Can this be done?
Could I do it with all-organic ingredients?0
William Sonoma makes something like that which you can look into.
I haven't tried this but it seems to fit what you're looking for.
I would check at you local coffee shop to see if they make Italian Sodas, most do, and see if they have a cola syrup. We make Italian Sodas at home with a carbonator and different blends of syrup. The kids have never pursued a "cola" and prefer lemon and other fruit flavors. We've found some syrups that the worst ingredient is sugar and it seems to work fine.
I have had a friend make this home made Ginger Ale that self-carbonates through fermentations with positive results. The only danger is the risk of over-carbonation and a resulting explosion.
I have three suggestions for you:
Red Bull makes a cola that is more what I would expect homemade cola to taste like. It has a list of ingredients you could buy in the bulk spice section of a really good grocery store. When I make it, this is what I will be using. I would recommend tasting it as well. It has a tea like taste. (Here it is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Bull_Cola)
Also, here is a how to make "OpenCola". It is a brand that has their recipe available so people can experiment with their own recipes. http://www.wikihow.com/Make-OpenCola
And finally, This American Life (on NPR) recently did a story where they allegedly revealed the secret recipe for CocaCola. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/427/original-recipe/recipe
I would use a combination of all these methods. You will need some sort of carbonizer, or you will have to mix your own syrup concoction with soda water to get fizzy soda.
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