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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?

asked Jun 03 '11 at 05:08

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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.


answered Jun 05 '11 at 12:15

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Well, I think you covered all the bases, @becca. Thanks for your help. I love the open cola idea. :)

3 years, 7 months ago
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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.


answered Jun 03 '11 at 08:19

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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.


answered Jun 03 '11 at 09:35

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Kevin Brewer

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.


answered Jun 03 '11 at 10:27

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