Share a classic recipe or Coke-inspired family mealtime memory

Warmer weather is here and I have my picnic basket cleaned and ready for our next adventure. Is yours? Well, get ready for some inspiration and memories that were very fond of my family and friends. With Twittermoms SocialMoms and Coca-Cola® I have the opportunity to remiss about some of my memories.

With Coke a cola being our favorite we usually use this to make floats in the summer after a long day at the pool. This makes for a great snack after the barbecue and the kids just take a little time out for some ice cream. Coke recipes; click here

My family loves going to festivals for the warmer months, from the strawberry festivals, to the end of the season pumpkin festivals. We pack up our picnic basket with cold sandwiches, pickles, beans, seeds and fruit we have a selection for all day at the beach, camping, or just the annual holiday event. Walking around we can always stop by some where and pick up a Coke.

I never knew how many different things were made by Coke, I meet one man who just collected all kinds of archives from; pop machines, cars, signs, metal pedal trucks, and the list is endless. Many of these items are in new or slightly used condition and worth money. It's quite amazing what some people will spend their money on and call it an investment. We have one neighbor who owns an old pop machine and while walking we can stop by put our money in and open it just like a refrigator and pull out a glass bottle of pop. You can't do that every where, it's so nice we have a good neighborhood to enjoy.

Are you ready to BBQ;

In the South-East Coca-Cola has been a popular (somewhat) way to sweeten & tenderize meat. It may sound strange, and it is, but the results taste better than they sound.

In Baja California Coca-Cola is also used often in the making of carnitas owing to the fact that sugar can be hard to find in some remote villages. The ubiquitous Coca-Cola however can be found in places you wouldn't imagine!

Amount Ingredient Preparation Method
2 cups Coca-Cola classic
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup cooking oil
2 cloves garlic smashed
1 tsp Hungarian paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cool. Marinate pork or beef roast overnight. Reserve marinate for basting.

The product that has given the world its best-known taste was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 8, 1886. Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist, produced the syrup for Coca-Cola®, and carried a jug of the new product down the street to Jacobs' Pharmacy, where it was sampled, pronounced "excellent" and placed on sale for five cents a glass as a soda fountain drink.

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