Fresh from the Lab: Bubbling Cocktails
Test friends' courage with this green experiment turned fizzy drink.
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.
- Glass measuring cup
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 cups of packed mint leaves
- 6 kiwis
- Fine sieve
- 1 liter of sparkling water or club soda
- Chemistry flasks
In a glass measuring cup, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 cup sugar. Stir until sugar has dissolved; refrigerate until cool.
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.
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.