A question about a recipe: Sheri Castle's Instant Pot Bourbon & Cola Beef Short Ribs

I have a question about the recipe "Sheri Castle's Instant Pot Bourbon & Cola Beef Short Ribs" from Food52. Any substitution for the coke?

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702551 October 29, 2018

The author's headnote clearly states the cola is added for flavor.

Note that the cola adds some acidity as well (many soft drinks are highly acidic). I'm sure you could replace it with water, you'll just have less sugar and acidity, so it'll probably be more bland.

If you replace it with another sweet soft drink (like Sprite), you'll likely have a different flavor profile than what the recipe author intended.

Your call on whether or not you want to change the flavor profile. After all, you are putting it on your dinner table for you and your dinner guests.

Best of luck.

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boulangere
boulangere October 29, 2018

I know someone who uses Dr. Pepper. Personally, I like to use a hard cider.

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Nancy October 30, 2018

Won't give identical taste, but some brewed black coffee might be a nice su for the cola. Goes well with the bourbon, and there ard many beef recipes which use it (wet or as a rub).

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