Making Coca-Cola From Scratch

I'm about to show you a beautiful photo. lkjThis beautiful photo is of Coca-Cola in its infancy. At least my husband's interpretation. And you know what, what we came out with was pretty darn close.

Have you ever wanted to try to make Coke before; you know, from scratch? Did you even think it was possible?

Well, making soda from scratch is not a new thing. This whole soda-in-cans thing has really only been around for 50 or so years. Before then, people made any kind of soda like this:

Mix together:

  • soda water
  • syrup

Gee.....that's it?


You may not know this, but Coca-Cola is a citrus-based flavor. I know, I know, it's kind of crazy when you think about it at first, because really, what does Coke taste like? Can't really put your finger on it, huh?

Well, no one knows the exact recipe. Not even Simplicity Embellished. But, we do know what many of the ingredients that form Coke's unique flavor profile are.

My husband developed the concoction pictured above.

It's a blend of:

  • lime peel (all the essential oils are in the skin, thereby producing the strongest flavor)
  • star anise
  • cinnamon
  • sugar
  • vanilla
  • water

What's great about this is that you can basically vary the amounts of each of the ingredients and it will still taste good at the end.


Here's how we did it:

  • filled a pot with water on medium-high heat
  • put all the ingredients in
  • stirred it until we could really smell it
  • Let it come to room temperature, then put it in the fridge for a few hours (you don't have to wait that long. Just know that the longer you let it sit, the more the flavors develop.)
  • Poured a glass of plain soda water (Usually about 80 cents for a liter at the grocery).
  • Mixed in, spoonful by spoonful, the mixture above, to taste.

And, my friends, you don't just have to set out to recreate Coca-Cola. Try just a basic lemon-lime soda or another citrus (just create a basic sugar syrup over the stove and squeeze in the juice) or even something like mint.