Make your own Coke Blak

Remember Coke Blak, the short-lived high-end coffee-infused cola drink put out by Coca-Cola?

No?

Well, I do. I loved the stuff, even at $2.50 a bottle. It was a fantastic combination of Coke with the essence of coffee that had wonderful caramel undertones.

It's been gone from the market for, oh, four or five years now, I suppose.

But if you're absolutely dying for a taste of what it was like - or you just want to have some again - there's an easy way to make a pretty good facsimile of the beverage.

Basically, take a little bit of this:

And add it to this:


You don't need a lot of the Torani coffee syrup to make it work. "A splash". "Half a teaspoon." Basically, experiment. If you taste more coffee than Coke, you've used too much. Unfortunately, with no actual Coke Blak out there to compare with, it's not like this is a precise exercise in reproducing the taste. And the Torani/Coke Zero combo still misses some of the more caramel notes (what is this, a freaking wine tasting?) of the real thing. But, again, it's close.

Actually, the best comparison to Coke Blak in terms of taste was this, another sadly discontinued beverage:

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Pepsi Jazz Carmel Cream had the sweet, subtle, caramel flavor to it that my Torani Fake Coke Blak is lacking, and yet also somehow managed to bring forward a bit of a coffee flavor despite not being a coffee flavored beverage.

Hmmm ... now I want to go buy some Torani Caramel syrup to see if that makes a better Fake Coke Blak than what I'm currently producing.
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