Glowing Cocktails

The Basics

I'm often asked how to make glow in the dark cocktails. This can't really be done unless you are on the Starship Enterprise. But, you can make blacklight reactive drinks and use glow in the dark accessories for some neat effects though. 

Tonic water is made from quinine. The bitter taste is quite refreshing with Gin or Vodka. It is made from the bark of the Cinchona tree which is found in the Andes mountain range in Peru and Ecuador. It was used to treat Malaria. Its properties help to reduce fevers and leg cramps as well. The neat thing is that Quinine is also photochemical reactive. That means it glows pale blueish white when exposed to ultraviolet or blacklights. The fluorescent quality is best when you use a lot of tonic water in your drinks. The next page has some cocktail recipes using tonic. 

Blacklight also makes different colors and properties standout. Remember how you could see all the lint on your clothes? It works the same way if you're mixing cocktails. Instead of shaking a drink, a swirled drink will have a different effect. The trick is to not really mix the ingredients. A Dirty Martini is a good example. Though I don't recommend mixing anything with Mountain Dew, it also gives a neat effect. 

There are tons of new glow products on the market today. You can find glassware that reacts to blacklight, and glasses and shots that light up. Someone had the bright idea awhile ago of using the five and eight inch bracelets as swizzle sticks. It definitely caught on and new and improved straws and swizzle sticks are being developed. There are even coasters being patented that bracelets are stuck into to light up your drinks. Cocktail trays and shot tubes are out there also.