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A coaster is only effective if your dinner guests are willing to use them. Once you’ve left the room to check on dinner, it’s all but guaranteed there will be glasses, cans and bottles placed directly onto every piece of furniture you own. Unless, of course, those coasters were stuck to the bottom of every drink.
Look, SodaStreams are great for their convenience and ubiquity, but there are some drawbacks. For starters, you can only use them to carbonate water. On top of that, the cost of the replacement CO2 cartridges (which you need to keep yourself “in bubbles”) is higher than it needs to be. We’ve explored other systems that let you carbonate cocktails, but they’re prohibitively expensive and very inconvenient. We knew there had to be a better way.
When done right, few things hit the spot on a hot night like a margarita. But what if you could take a margarita, retain the same crisp flavour, and make it totally clear? Don’t ask why. Just trust us.
Oops, you did it again, didn’t you? You had to try every tasty-looking morsel at the Christmas banquet and then go back for seconds. And thirds. Yeah, eventually, you’re going to want to work that off, but, for now, you just want something that will settle your unhappy tum-tum and simultaneously drown out your screaming in-laws. We’ve got some suggestions.
Traditionally, yes, eggnog included raw eggs. However, some countries today, such as the United States, severely restrict the use of raw egg in products, due to health concerns; thus, most commercial eggnog does not include raw eggs. (The FDA actually limits the egg yolk solids in eggnog to less than 1%.) You can, however, buy pasteurized eggs first before making your own eggnog (or partially cook the raw egg in milk to make a custard), but eggnog connoisseurs tend to frown upon this as it supposedly alters the flavour and consistency of the final product.
It’s supposed to be a drink that you slowly slip and savour, but once you’ve brewed a cup of tea it’s a race against the clock — and thermodynamics — to enjoy it while it’s hot. A thick ceramic mug helps with that problem, but even better is the double-walled insulated engineering that went into Thermos’ new tea tumblers.
Dry ice is one of the most tried and true Halloween special effects. Simply drop a chunk into a liquid, then it begins to “boil” and emit a dense, creepy fog. Not only that, it’s cheap, simple to use and way easier to find than you probably thought. It also happens to be fantastic — and fantastically ghoulish — in a lot of cocktails.
When you think about it, keeping a fridge full of drinks perpetually cold at a store is a tremendous waste of energy given the product may not be sold for days. But the only alternate solution is to somehow chill drinks at the time of purchase, which is exactly what a new refrigeration technology called V-Tex does — without the need for gallons of liquid nitrogen.