I admit I am a reformed slave to coca-cola but after looking up how to make it myself even I had to admit it’s chemicals in a can. Recently I stumbled across a recipe for a cola flavored by spices rather than strange numbers, and decided to give it a whirl. Success! Although not entirely like coke it’s definitely cola, kinda like a cola chuppa chup in a glass. I converted it for the Thermomix but the original stove top recipe can be found here: Little House Living
Grated zest of 3 large lemons
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
6 sections of star anise
4 tsp fresh ginger
4 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp citric acid
500g white sugar
60g brown sugar
Add zest, star anise, and ginger and hit turbo once to roughly chop.
Add cinnamon, nutmeg, lavender, vanilla, citric acid and water.
Cook for 15 min, speed 1, 100’c
Add sugars and cook fur a further 15 min on 100’c speed 1.
Bottle when hot and leave to cool.
Makes approx 1 liter of cordial.
Mix with chilled mineral water and enjoy.
So I’ve been doing a little Google research on the ingredients in this cola and the health benefits (assuming we quietly look past the sugar content! I’m working on a cleaner version). I’m not an expert but I’m putting a brief summary here – the websites I have pulled the info from is below each entry.
Regulates blood pressure
Fight against cancer
Maintain bone strength
Helps to reduce weight
Aids digestive system balance
Strong anti-depressive effect
Helps with cystitis and tumors
Decrease the cholesterol levels
– See more from Healthy Food House
Helps regulates blood sugar, aiding stable energy levels and moods.
It reduces bad cholesterol levels.
It contains natural anti-infectious compounds.
Reduces pain linked to arthritis.
It may reduce the proliferation of cancer cells.
It’s been proven effective for menstrual pain and aids in hormonal balance
See more at Green Living
Helps eliminate fatigue and stress and improves mood and concentration
Can be used as pain Relief
Promotes oral health by killing bacteria
aids in liver and kidney detox
Promotes healthy skin
Can be used to aid sleep
See more at Fit Day
Promotes a strong immune system
Helps fight Candida infections
Rich in antioxidants
Helps with constipation and flatulence
(Note this relates to Chinese Star Anise. Japanese Star Anise is non-edible and for decorative purposes only)
See more at Healthy Eating
Can relieve nausea and vomiting
Can help in digestion and flatulence
High level of antioxidants that can help fight cancer
It has anti-inflammatory properties
Read more at Healthy Eating
It is believed to have aphrodisiac qualities
Can help relieve anxiety
Contains a high level of antioxidants that can help fight cancer.
(Note this refers to vanilla extract, rather than imitation vanilla)
See more at Live Strong
These spices can also be looked up on WebMD for more in-depth information.