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Fresh from the Lab: Bubbling Cocktails

Test friends' courage with this green experiment turned fizzy drink.

Introduction

The beverages (actually kiwi-based refreshers) look pleasingly poisonous in any glass, but chemistry flasks -- available online from lab suppliers for a few dollars apiece -- suit them best.

Materials

  • Glass measuring cup
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of packed mint leaves
  • 6 kiwis
  • Blender
  • Cheesecloth
  • Fine sieve
  • Pitcher
  • Ice
  • 1 liter of sparkling water or club soda
  • Chemistry flasks
  • Straws

Steps

  1. Step 1

    In a glass measuring cup, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 cup sugar. Stir until sugar has dissolved; refrigerate until cool.

  2. Step 2

    Puree 2 cups packed mint leaves (1 small bunch) with 1/4 cup cooled syrup in a blender. Add 6 peeled, quartered kiwis, and blend until just smooth. Add remaining syrup.

  3. Step 3

    Pour through a cheesecloth-lined fine sieve into a pitcher; discard solids. Stir in ice and 1 liter sparkling water or club soda. (For a cocktail version, add 1 cup vodka.) Pour into flasks, and serve with straws. Makes 8 drinks.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2008

Reviews (10)

  • Scottie Coleiro 2 Sep, 2014

    These were a hit at my recent party. I am actually planning on using them again for my Halloween party! I purchased my Erlenmeyer flasks from a site called www.indigo.com, which I found on google. Their prices are great and they have a wide selection of sizes. I actually bought test tubes as well to use as shot glasses!!

    Anyhow, I highly recommend this drink! Thank you Martha Stewart!

  • saindesings 31 Oct, 2011

    This drink was a HUGE hit at my Women's only Pre-Hallowenn party. I called it the Treats, no Tricks party. I added vanilla vodka and gingerale to the kiwi&mint juice. The color was fabulous and the drink tasted REALLY GREAT!

  • MSLO_tiffany 13 Jul, 2009

    For this story, we used 250ml glass Erlenmeyer flasks, $5 each, from Online Science Mall, onlinesciencemall.com

  • mscarletta 24 Oct, 2008

    Where do I buy the flasks at so I don't have to buy a lot of them???

  • shellyrodriguez 13 Oct, 2008

    I ordered 300ml... which are a little bigger than I had pictured! I would go with 250ml, they are easier to find anyway. :)

  • Texasproud 29 Sep, 2008

    What size flask do you need? Is 250 ml big enough?

  • Texasproud 29 Sep, 2008

    What size flask do you need? Is 250 ml big enough?

  • shellyrodriguez 28 Sep, 2008

    Google "Erlenmeyer Flask" and you should be able to find many science supply stores that sell them. :)

  • shellyrodriguez 28 Sep, 2008

    Google "Erlenmeyer Flask" and you should be able to find many science supply stores that sell them. :)

  • creativecheryl 25 Sep, 2008

    Where can you buy these chemistry flasks online?