"Top Secret Recipe Version, from Todd Wilbur. He says the secret ingredient is cinnamon (cassia) oil, and he says it can be found at health stores with the lemon and orange oils. He also specifies that it important to only use one drop of the cinnamon oil because it is very strong. The NoDoz should be crushed with a mortar and pestle or in a bowl using the back of a spoon. Do not substitute Vivarin for the NoDoz because it tastes bitter. I haven't made this so if you make it please post a review and let us know how it turned out. PLEASE NOTE, YOU WILL NEED 8 NODOZ TABLETS (200 MG EACH). THIS IS NOT IN THE INGREDIENT LIST. I was unable to add it to the ingredient list due to recipezaar not recognizing it."
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Ready In:
1 10 ounce drink


  • 6 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups one 16 oz bottle light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons citric acid
  • 7 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 12 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 drop lemon oil
  • 1 drop orange oil
  • 1 drop cinnamon oil (cassia)
  • Color

  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1 12 teaspoons yellow food coloring
  • 12 teaspoon blue food coloring
  • 18 drops green food coloring
  • 44 cups cold soda water


  • Combine sugar, corn syrup, powdered NoDoz, and citric acid in a large pitcher or bowl. Add the boiling water, and stir until the sugar has dissolved and the solution is clear. Strain the syrup through a paper towel-lined strainer to remove the NoDoz sediment.
  • Add the lime juice, vanilla, lemon oil, orange oil, and cassia oil to the syrup and stir.
  • Add the colors to the syrup then cover it and chill it for several hours until cold.
  • To make the soda, add 1/4 cup of cold syrup to 1 cup of cold soda water. Stir gently, drop in some ice, and serve.

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  1. Loved it. Made it both with and without the Nodoz.
  2. Blech! Just finished this recipe. It tastes nothing like Coke. The flavor is more like one of those cheap supermarket generic brands. The signature Coke bite is not there and the flavor is a bit overwhelmed by the cassia.


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