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Leadgolem 09-11-2012 03:14 AM

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Here's what I put together today. This is the result of about 3 hours of experimentation. I do not consider this to be a finished recipe, but it's on the right track. I noted exactly what brands I used of most things, in case someone wants to duplicate this exact recipe.

1 quart black cherry juice. Just Black Cherry, R.W. Knudsen Family brand.
2 quarts filtered water. My tap water tastes bad, hence the filtered.
1 cup granulated sugar.
2 tbs molasses. Brer Rabbit; all natural, unsulphured, full flavor.
1/4 tsp rum flavoring. Watkins imitation rum extract.
1/4 cup lemon juice. ReaLemon 100% juice.
2 tsp vanilla extract. I used really cheap imitation vanilla extract.
1/4 tsp almond extract. Great Value Pure Almond Extract.

I did a fair amount of fiddling around with small samples to get that far. The result isn't exactly what I wanted, but it's drinkable.

The main flaw is that the black cherry flavor is to strong. In the next batch I will mix all of the other ingredients first, then add the black cherry juice a 1/2 cup at a time until it's right.

The second flaw I believe is the molasses. The molasses I used is not fiery at all, and has a very complicated flavor. I thought this would be perfect for the mix, but it turned out to be overly complicated. In the next batch I will use the more fiery, but less complicated Grandma's Orignal molasses.

The third is the rum flavoring. This type of rum flavoring is a "sharp" flavoring. Although I believe rum flavoring to be important to this recipe I think a "soft" rum flavoring would be more approriate. Ironically, that's what you get from very cheap rum flavorings. I have a bottle of Kroger rum flavoring I will try next time.

I will probably continue to use the cheap imitation vanilla extract for the time being. Once some of the other issues are figured out I'll then give real vanilla extract a chance. I'm thinking the difference is liable to get lost in a drink with so many strong flavors in it though.

Prune juice, one taste and my taste buds told me very firmly that prune juice was not in Dr Pepper.

Black strap molasses.... Yeah, no. If you've ever tasted this molasses, you already know why. If you haven't, then please don't.

I was planning on trying another batch with the blueberry juice instead of the black cherry or prune juice, but I ran out time to experiment.

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