Fakola (cola Clone)

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Introduction: Fakola (cola Clone)

Cola isn't actually kola nut flavored. As far as I can tell, it's mostly vanilla and cinnamon. Here's a formulation I'm currently working on. It uses ingredients found in most grocery stores. No exotic oils or hard-to-get chemicals. It's not quite right yet but it's a decent first pass.

Note: This formulation is caffeine-free. I haven't tried adding caffeine yet. It looks like a 20oz cola contains about 58mg of caffeine. That looks to be equivalent to about 1/4 of an over-the counter caffeine pill. I'm not sure how well it dissolves in water, though.

Step 1: Materials

  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon extract
  • Orange extract
  • Lemon juice
  • green and red food coloring (optional)

In addition, you'll need a way to add carbonation to the drink. I used my home-made CO2 generator for that.

Other ingredients that might come in handy are:
  • Glycerin - The local pharmacy should have this. A couple drops should help keep the ingredients mixed. The bottle says "for external use only". Go figure.
  • Cream of tartar - Found it in the spice section of the grocery store. Mildly acidic. Can be used instead of lemon juice if you'd prefer a less citric taste.
  • Phosphoric acid. This was the one ingredient I couldn't get in a grocery store or pharmacy. I had to order it online from The Science Company. $20 for 16oz, which will do about 800 bottles of cola. Note: Very corrosive.

Step 2: Formulation

Here's what I came up with on my first try...

Attempt #1
Water - 2 cups
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Cinnamon extract - 1 tsp
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Orange extract - 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Red coloring - 8 drops
Green coloring - 4 drops

This came out a bit too sweet. I'd recommend trying less sugar. Might be a bit too vanilla-heavy too.

It's also missing the acidity associated with cola. By the looks of it, sodas typically use phosphoric or citric acid. Maybe more lemon juice would help.

The color's not too bad. Could maybe stand to be a bit darker.

Attempt #2
Water - 2 cups
Sugar - 2 Tbsp (dissolve in 2 Tbsp very hot water)
Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon extract - 1/4 tsp
Orange extract - 1/4 tsp
Lemon juice - 1/4 tsp
Cream of tartar - 1/4 tsp
Glycerin - 1/4 tsp
Red coloring - 8 drops
Green coloring - 4 drops
...and to make it a cherry cola, add 1/4 tsp of almond extract

Not as strong as #1. Maybe a bit too thin. Seems closer to the "real" flavor, though.

Attempt #3
Water - 1 3/4 cups
Sugar - 1/4 cup (dissolve in 1/4 cup Tbsp very hot water)
Vanilla extract - 3/4 tsp
Cinnamon extract - 3/4 tsp
Orange extract - 1/4 tsp
85% phosphoric acid - 1/8 tsp
Glycerin - 1/4 tsp
Red coloring - 8 drops
Green coloring - 4 drops

A nice compromise between #1 and #2. The phosphoric acid makes a big difference too.

Step 3: Carbonate

I used my CO2 generator to pressurize a 20oz bottle containing the mixture to about 40psi, then shook it up to dissolve the CO2. Seems to be a lot harder to get a decent fizz with this compared with plain water. The sugar's probably the culprit there.

Note: Let the bottle sit for a while before opening. Open very slowly and retighten if it starts to foam.

Cap and refrigerate.

As I said, this is a first attempt. I think next time I'll try more lemon and less sugar. I'll post updates if and when I come up with better formulations. I'm trying to stick to ingredients typically found in grocery stores, which limits the possibilities a bit.

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    Vsassi

    2 years ago

    Okay, NO-ONE seemed to realize that original Coca-Cola was made by combining a base syrup with soda water, aka carbonated water. I used to work the lunch counter in a drug store and we made the drinks just like they did back in the fifties.
    One other thing you might want to consider....stay away from phosphoric acid, as it has been linked to possible cause of fibromyalgia. There is no proof yet, but I firmly believe this because when my mother quit drinking dark Soda pop and went to light soda pop, (because they don't put it in light soda pop), her fibromyalgia completely disappeared.
    I really do love all this as I used to absolutely LOVE Coke! This has given me new hope for making my own. Thank you so much, and I am going to be trying this soon! Have a great day! ?

    I've heard that if you are careful you can quick carbonate such a bottle with dry ice. Just don't add too much or you make a bomb not soda.

    Thank you for this! I've been pondering making my own cola, and wanted to use phosphoric acid -- since phosphoric acid is good at breaking up kidney stones -- but nowhere else on the web were clear amounts for P.A. Usually it's listed together with citric acid for the amount, and being different acids, I wasn't sure it'd be the same percentage in the soda.

    So thank you!

    Oh?
    And Amazon.com has food grade phosphoric acid for sale. That's where i got mine.

    Lastly, I tried Acid Phosphate -- a different product. And it's only very mildly acid. And you can't even taste it when added to lemonade -- the lemonade is more acidy.

    to your caffeine idea... a friend of mine and i found out about the psychoactive effects of caffeine and the different ways to use them (im not advertising that anyone use caffeine as a drug as it can cause serious health risks including heart attack no matter your age) and we found that you can buy bulk powder pure caffeine online just Google it and you'll get a load of supplier websites and its easier to measure the powder so if your still looking to add caffeine its an idea you may want to pursue

    GREAT JOB! I see you are using lemon juice. Some flavours you may want try. Coke uses lime and celery in their recipe for the states. If you try a really fresh coke from a glass bottle, pour it in 3 cups. Put a slice of lime in one, celery stalk in one and leave the 3rd alone. Taste the lime first, then the celery and lastly, the plane. You will now be able to taste the lime and celery in the coke. That is a nice carbonating device. I make beer at home. This is a nice rig. You can use tire nozzles in the cap, too. Then use CO2 with a tire chuck to fill it up. At room temp, under pressure, roll it around slowly. Get it cold to lock in the CO2, before you release the top.

    Good work! If you're still experimenting with formulas, I would dearly love a recipe for a low-sugar cola that doesn't taste like the wrong end of a dog. You could easily get some generic coffee sweetener to experiment with, and see which tastes best. Also, if there was a happy medium on the fruitiness spectrum between Coke and Dr Pepper, it would be the best thing since sliced bread.

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    What you want is pure cane Sugar Dr. Pepper. It's only sold in one place on the planet but you can order it.

    http://www.dublindrpepper.com/

    High Fructose Corn Syrup is what has been making sodas taste like crap for years now. AND it adds to the obesity problem in this country.

    I invite people to do their own research in case they think I'm a nut...

    Or you can put some prune juice in your seltzer and have essentially the same thing! (but your amount of prune juice might be a personal thing to tweak).

    Really?! I'm going to have to check to see if the local Wallmart has it. (I just never go in there on general principle.) Thanks!

    And the addition of corn products to all of our food is helping an increased number of people develop allergies to corn. (Me for instance....) If you live some where with a large enough Jewish population you should be able to get Coke made with sugar during passover. That is when I stock up. Though that is still not as fun as making your own.

    Indeed. Nothing is as sweet as something you've made yourself. :-)

    There is also something called OpenCola:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenCola

    Cane sugar Coke is also available quite often at local Hispanic and other ethnic food stores. I can get it if I go out of my way to a local store in another part of town. I wish the damn stuff were available all year around. It's what Coke is meant to be.

    It's also worth noting that many countries have banned the use of HFCS in their foods.

    My apologies for assuming US citizenship with the "in this country" thing...

    If you want to both lower your sugar intake and avoid the health concerns associated with most artificial sweeteners, you might want to try Stevia (read the whole article and the associated links. It's an interesting story of greed & power vs. your health.) I've used it for years, and highly recommend it. You can find it in most larger grocery stores in either the baking section or the pharmacy/dietary aids secion. For this project, the liquid form would probably work best, and it certainly is cheap enough at four drops per glass. :)

    Ditto to the Stevia. I buy the powder in bulk at the health food store and it is affordable that way (and those who live in warm climates may consider growing it, though you'd need to grow quite a bit to supply yourself totally).
    I haven't gotten around to setting up my own CO2 tank but want to, and in the mean time have used plain seltzer along with stevia and various flavors and acids to make tasty sodas.
    The powdered stevia works just fine, though a funnel helps get it into the bottle without making a mess, and you do have to cap and shake it, then let it settle out again before opening.

    Off the top of my head and taking into account that I haven't had a Dr Pepper in ages, I'd guess that the big difference between it and cola would be cherry and almond flavoring. Other possible culprits: ginger, anise and allspice.