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Catch Up With New Trends In Japan: Homemade Cola Recipe

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“Craft cola” (Japanese) – homemade cola is called this in Japan, which seemed to be the new boom since 2021.

The concept of “craft cola” is based on the ideas of “craftsmanship” “homemade” and other ideas such as “independence,” “traditional,” and “locality.”

It has been around before booming in 2021, but, getting the new trend started from the “craft cola” specialty shop in Shinjuku, Tokyo, and stylish grocery stores launched producing their original craft cola and also “cooking connoisseurs” created their original recipes.

Besides, the COVID restrictions encouraged the “craft cola” to boom more in Japan.

I couldn’t stop my curiosity, and also couldn’t wait to make whiskey highball with homemade cola.

I made the ultimate homemade cola… tastes like “Pepsi” in my opinion,

sooo good to share the recipe with you who like homemade cooking and healthy food with organic ingredients.

I call my craft cola “McCola” named from my name.

Easy To Make Homemade Natural Cola

Homemade cola aka “Craft Cola” is super-easy to make at home.

The refreshing, aromatic, herbal spicy, rich dark sweetness from maple syrup, and hints of citrus and ginger. It goes perfectly with classic whisky highball with coke!

Most ingredients are already in your kitchens- such as cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans (or vanilla extra) cloves, citrus fruits, sugar, and water.

It is also fun to arrange the amount and types of spices and citrus fruit to your taste.

  • Kola nut powder can add authentic cola flavor.
  • Black pepper can add a spicy peppery flavor.
  • Coriander seeds add extra refreshing flavor.
  • Lime can add sharp-refreshing favor.

Just boil the water, throw them, and simmer!

Refrigerate it overnight and serve it as classic cola divided with carbonated water or make cocktails!


  • 2 cups purified water
  • 2 cups raw cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • ½ vanilla beans or 3 dashes of organic vanilla extra
  • ½ organic, unwaxed lemon
  • ¼ organic, unwaxed orange
  • ¼ TSP Nutmeg
  • ¼ TSP Cardamom powder
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 5 ginger slices

You can use brown sugar instead of raw cane sugar to add a richer taste and darker color.

What’s Cardamon

Cardamom is a ginger-family spice that is commonly used in Indian cuisine.

you can find cardamom as a whole pod, shelled whole seeds, or ground powder.

It is known as “the queen of spice” with its exotic complex aromatic flavor.

I use ground powder which is relatively found easily in grocery stores.

When using the whole pot, take out seeds from the pod.

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McCola: Homemade Natural Cola Recipe

Rico McConnellRico McConnell
Homemade cola aka "Craft cola" is carefully made from raw materials. Moreover, you can make an organic cola drink that you know all ingredients in this refreshing sweet cola drink that everyone loves worldwide. With its exotic spice and hints of citrus, this "Craft Cola" is so refreshing and addictive. Add this aromatic delicate McCola to milk, coffee, tea, beer, gin, vodka, whiskey, and of course, rum to entertain your guests!
Course Drinks
Servings 10 servings


  • 2 cups purified water
  • 2 cups raw cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • ½ vanilla beans or 3 dashes of organic vanilla extra
  • ½ organic, unwaxed lemon
  • ¼ organic, unwaxed orange
  • ¼ TSP Nutmeg
  • ¼ TSP Cardamom powder
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 5 ginger slices


  • In a medium pot, add water and sugar. Bring the water to a boil.
  • Once the water is boiled, add the remaining ingredients. Bring it to a boil again.
  • Simmer it for 10 minutes, turn off the stove and let it cool.
  • Transfer homemade cola syrup to a clean jar or cover the pot, and refrigerate it overnight.
  • Divide homemade cola syrup with carbonated water into a ratio of 1 to 3 or 4.
  • Serve and enjoy "McCola"!
  • Remove all ingredients from the McCola syrup and consume it within 3 weeks.



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How To Serve Homemade Cola

Adding craft cola “McCola” to milk, it tastes like “Chai”.

Make Irish coffee by adding the craft cola “McCola” to coffee.

Make “Colabier” by adding craft cola “McCola” to beer.

Make hot wine by adding the craft cola “McCola” to the wine.

Even I use homemade cola syrup to marinate the meat since it has full of spice and sugar.

Make The Best Cocktails With Homemade Cola

You will always have a winning combination when you make homemade cola syrup.

Grab fizzy water and your choice of spirit, and make the supreme cocktail to quench your thirst.

  1. Whiskey And Homemade Cola
  2. Rum And Homemade Cola
  3. Long Island Iced Tea
  4. Vodka And Homemade Cola
  5. Jack And Homemade Cola
  6. Shochu (Imo) And Homemade Cola

Japanese Izakaya “Highball”

The Japanese Highball is a little far away from the classic highball cocktail at a stylish bar. “Highball” in Japan mainly often refers to “whiskey and soda” or sometimes “Shochu and soda”. Highball is really popular Izakaya drink as well as ice-cold draft beer, Chu-Hi, and lemon sour! RELAX, I want to introduce a “Japanese-style” whiskey highball but that doesn’t mean it is made of JAPANESE WHISKEY. So refreshing, dry, simple, fizzy, and fresh lemon, that’s all need!




Spicy, zingy, but cozy! Add this authentic exotic spice kick that attracts you more than store-bought sweet ginger syrup: to your cozy hot drinks, refreshing sweet cocktails and sodas, yogurt, and ice cream! Even more, you can use this ginger syrup for cooking and baking.


Homemade Lemon Syrup

Perfect for all your needs! This lemon syrup is really rich and so delicious with natural clean sweetness. Only 2 ingredients-lemons and sugar.


Homemade Japanese-Style (Dry) Lemon Sour

Craving a refreshing lemon cocktail? But, away from the stylish sweet one? Here’s the Japanese Izakaya dry Lemon sour recipe. Fresh lemons infused in Shochu or vodka (need ABV right?) brings a tangy zing to this classic Japanese popular Izakaya drink! Making frozen lemon flesh ice, it’ll never be watery. Super-easy to make, better to try this summer! Since it is dry lemon sour, it goes perfectly with Japanese cuisine.


Fresh-Squeezed Grapefruit & Spicy Tomato Jam Sour

It’s a mysterious delicious summer cocktail! So refreshing, the kind of drink you try to savor by sipping extra slowly while mixing the passionate color of grapefruits and tomato jam! Yet, always disappears quickly! Refreshing, still, tangy grapefruits, sweet grapefruits, citrusy grapefruits, sweet tomato jam, spicy jalapeno peppers…


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