CoD YouTuber brews real-life Cold War Zombies perk drinks, goes down terribly

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CoD YouTuber JohnyJ25 has created real-life versions of the game’s legendary perk-a-cola drinks, using some truly awful combinations of ingredients. It’s fair to say it didn’t go nearly as well as he would have hoped.

JohnyJ25 is always up for doing some crazy stuff. His love for controversial Black Ops II Zombies map Die Rise is so much that, in October, he bought a billboard begging Treyarch to remaster it for Cold War. As things stand, it hasn’t worked.

While that stunt was controversial, this latest one should come with a health warning. Recreating the CoD zombies perks is a bit of widespread fun in the community, but the drinks created tend to be reserved for decoration, rather than literal consumption.

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While you might also expect the drinks to be similar to real-life beverages like lemonade or wine, JohnyJ25 tried to make the drinks “as close to their in-game counterparts as possible.” The characters always complain about the taste of the drinks, and when you see the ingredients, it’s pretty easy to see why.

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After being removed from zombies in Black Ops 4, perk machines made a comeback in Cold War.

How to make CoD Zombies Perk Drinks

On paper, Speed Cola – which was pretty much an energy drink dialed up to 11 – should have been the most tolerable of the lot. In reality, it turned out to be one of the worst.

Despite its “neutral smell,” it caused a pretty bad reaction.

What was in this drink that made it so awful? JohnnyJ25 had put in:

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  • Carbonated water
  • Glucose
  • Cola nut extract
  • Caffeine
  • Guarana
  • Taurine
  • Cayenne pepper

Not exactly gourmet…

Here are the recipes for the other drinks he threw together. But heed our warning: they’ll do your insides no good at all and we really wouldn’t recommend any of them.

Quick Revive

  • Old Coffee
  • Chicken broth concentrate
  • Anchovie paste
  • Club soda


  • Carbonated milk
  • Powdered eggs
  • Spinach powder
  • Iron supplement


  • Lemon juice
  • Lime shavings
  • Vitamin K supplement
  • Capsaicin
Stamin-Up in Cold War will let you run quicker and longer. In real life, it might send you dashing to the nearest bucket or toilet.

Deadshot Daiquiri

  • White rum
  • Sugar
  • Strawberry oil
  • Ginseng
  • Turmeric
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Dehydrated eye of newt


Elemental Pop

  • Club soda
  • Magnesium supplement
  • Zinc supplement
  • Calcium supplement
  • Chromium supplement

So there you have it! That’s how to create real-life Cold War Zombies perk drinks. But remember: even though it sounds cool in theory, it might be worth just sticking to water and staying hydrated.