This section is from the book "A Treatise On Beverages or The Complete Practical Bottler", by Charles Herman Sulz. Also available from Amazon: A Treatise On Beverages.
This is employed in the preparation of the so-called "nerve-food beverages," or forms a part of the various combinations of "nerve foods" that are constantly being offered to the trade under different fancy' names. Cocaine or its solution should be used sparingly and with judgment., A popular drink, coca or. cuca, is said to contain cocaine, but we are not prepared to say whether a sufficient quantity of the drug is incorporated to prove unwholesome. To relieve the fatigue or depressed feeling a carbonated beverage containing a small dose of cocaine may be all right, but what the consequences will be when, many drinks and .consequently larger doses are taken, the future will prove.
As the commercial muriate or acetate of cocaine are easily soluble in water or alcohol, a solution is prepared in the following proportions: cocaine muriate or acetate, 1 drachm; water or alcohol, 1 pint.
Of this solution one ounce contains about four grains of cocaine, and, if added in the proportion of one ounce solution to one United States gallon of syrup, (calculated one ounce of syrup to every half-pint bottle) the bottled beverage will contain about one thirty-second of a grain. This proportion may be increased to two, three or four ounces of cocaine solution to one United States gallon of syrups or one-sixteenth, one-twelfth or one-eighth of a grain per half-pint bottle respectively.
A dose of one "grain of cocaine in medicine is about the maximum. But here we use it for preparing beverages and the utmost carefulness in its preparation should be exercised. No large doses should be employed. The consequences of imbibing too freely in strongly cocamated beverages would be serious.