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Here’s another way to make colorless Coke — no companies or Communists involved

Coca-Cola’s fame spread across the globe during World War II, when the soft drink was shipped from the States to soldiers overseas. During this time, it also became popular with non-Americans. Russian general Georgy Zhukov fought the Nazis from the Eastern Front -- and he had his first Coke courtesy of American general Dwight Eisenhower. Although Zhukov really liked the drink, he was afraid the Russians wouldn’t be so excited about him enjoying an American “capitalist” beverage. He asked the Coca-Cola company if they could make the cola clear, so it would look like vodka. They did. And they packaged it in plain bottles. Classic Coca-Cola didn’t come to Russia until 1985.

Here’s another way to make colorless Coke — no companies or Communists involved.

You will need:

20-oz or 2-liter bottle of Coca-Cola or Pepsi

½ cup whole milk


How to do it:


  1. Take the full bottle of Coca-Cola or Pepsi and empty about ½ cup from the bottle.
  2. Take half a cup of whole milk and add it to the bottle.
  3. Close the bottle tightly with the cap.
  4. Wait about 15 minutes and watch what’s happening.
  5. Check on your bottle after two hours.
  6. Then leave the bottle for two days and take a look.


Did the results shock you? You should now have a bottle of clear soda with all the acid and chemicals at the bottom.

How it works:

The calcium in the milk reacts with the acid in the soda. The milk curdles and attaches itself to the acid, dragging it to the bottom. You’re left with clear water…. But I wouldn’t drink it if I were you!


Did you know

Some people actually drink milk and cola mixed together (but they don’t wait two days — or even two hours to do it). It may sound awful to you, but it’s not so different to an ice cream soda or a coke float. Just beware that there will be milk clumps in it….

Cola can be used as a bug repellent, in a pinch. But don’t rub it on your body! Rather, put out a Cola (or really any sweet drink) somewhere just away from where you’re picnicking or hanging out, and the bugs will be attracted to the sugary drink.

Coca-Cola was the first soft drink to go to space. The Coca-Cola Space Can was tested aboard the Challenger.

Changing the temperature of an object usually changes its density. As temperature decreases, density usually increases.

It takes 1.5–3 liters (50–100 oz) of water to make 1 liter (33 oz) of Cola.

The secret formula for Coca-Cola is known as “7X” and is housed in a special vault. But, apparently Atlanta historian Charles Salter copied the recipe from its inventor, John Pemberton, and left it quite public. The original formula contained an extract of the coca plant, lemon oil, cinnamon oil, nutmeg oil, and caramel.


(Originally featured in Mishpacha Jr., Issue 884)

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