Cola – a tonic sweet carbonated drink that includes caffeine. The drink’s name derives from the Kola nuts used in the original recipe as a source of caffeine.
For the first time, the American chemist John Statom Pemberton produced the drink in 1886 as a medicinal syrup. He sold the drink in portions of 200 ml. in pharmacies as a remedy for “nervous disorders.” After some time, they began to aerate and sell the drink in vending machines. They used cola nuts and leaves of Coca bushes containing narcotic substances (cocaine) as part of the beverage for a long time.
At that time, people sold cocaine freely, and instead of alcohol, they added it to beverages for being “active and fun.” However, since 1903 the cocaine, because of its negative impact on the body, was forbidden for any use.
The drink’s modern ingredients are manufacturers hold in the strictest confidence, and they are commercially sensitive. At the same time, the recipe may only know two people to senior positions. Any disclosure of the components by the employees of the companies shall bear criminal responsibility.
During its existence, the beverage has gained significant popularity all over the world. It has such self-brand Cola as Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola in the U.S., and Afri-Cola in Germany. But despite this, it is an American drink, sold in more than 200 countries.
Nut extract of cola tree, a part of the drink, is a strong tonic due to the contained substances. Theobromine, caffeine, and kolatin collectively have a sedative effect, giving a temporary charge of vivacity and energy. Cola helps with disorders of the stomach, nausea, diarrhea, and sore throat. When symptoms, you should consume no more than one glass of chilled Cola.
Cola for cocktails
Сola is widely used in the preparation of cocktails, especially with alcoholic drinks. The most popular cocktail with it is whiskey-Cola. Its popularity worldwide is inextricably linked with the legendary group The Beatles. They used whiskey (40 g), Cola (120 g), a slice of lime, and crushed ice for its preparation.
Quite original is the Roo Cola cocktail consisting of vodka, Amaretto liqueur (25 g), Cola (200 g), and ice cubes. The drink refers to the Long Drink.
The invigorating effect has a cocktail that combines vodka (20 g), a sachet of instant coffee (the best 3 in 1), and a coke. All the ingredients pour into a tall glass with ice. Simultaneously, you should add coke slowly enough because, in combination with coffee, a reaction occurs with the formation of foam.
Cola in cooking
It is also widely popular in cooking, especially when cooking marinades. To do this, mix 50/50 pickle meat sauce and coke, the resulting mixture pour onto the meat. Contained sugar of Cola when cooking gives the meat a golden crust, and a flavor of caramel and acid will allow you to soften the meat in a concise time.
Oddly enough, but of Cola, you can prepare a diet cake. To do this, mix 4 tablespoons of oats and 2 tablespoons of wheat bran, add 1 tablespoon of cocoa and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. All the ingredients mix thoroughly, and add 2 eggs and 0.5 cups of Cola. Bake the cake at 180°C for about 30 minutes. Readiness check with a wooden skewer. So the cake became lusher, and you can pour the fondant of 1 teaspoon of gelatin and 3 tablespoons of Cola.
Harm Cola and contraindications
Cola is a very nutritious beverage due to a large amount of dissolved sugar. Excessive consumption causes obesity. In the framework of the fight against obesity in some US cities selling coke in schools is prohibited.
The contents in the phosphoric acid drink damage the tooth enamel and increase the stomach acidity, thereby destroying its walls and ulcer formations. Not the best idea to use coke to people suffering from diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. This acid negatively affects the absorption of calcium from food and flushes it out of bones.
When you drink Cola, oral mucosa becomes dry, so this drink very hard to drink, which leads to an additional load on the kidneys. Cola, where instead of sugar there are sweeteners (phenylalanine), is contraindicated for people with phenylketonuria.