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Mixing Liquid Nitrogen And Coca Cola Will Send Your Bottle Into The Stratosphere

We’ve tried throwing Mentos into a bottle of Coca Cola tons of times in our youths. The chemical reaction caused by adding the mint candy to the carbonated soda creates a jet stream of foam that violently spills from the tip of the bottle. A cheap and messy experiment that’s perfect for any teenager trying to kill a Saturday afternoon.

In a remix of that concept, experimental YouTuber, The Crazy Russian Hacker, did a little test on his driveway to see if adding liquid nitrogen to a bottle of Coke would produce similar results as combining Coke with Mentos.

After adding some liquid nitrogen to the nearly full Coke bottle, the CRH flipped the soda around. The bottle was pretty much transformed into a homemade rocket ship, as it shot into the sky thanks to a combination of the carbonation and the cryogenic fluid.

Check out the video to see the complete experiment. Needless to say, you definitely should not be trying this at home.

 

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You Won’t Be Able To Take Your Eyes Off This ‘Blossoming’ Hot Chocolate

In a deep-fried, cheese-pull driven industry, it’s always great to see something unique and whimsical every now and again. Dominique Ansel, the man behind Cronuts, just introduced beautiful new beverages to his bakery in New York City.

At Dominique Ansel Bakery, an unsuspecting cup of hot chocolate is given a marshmallow flower. As the flower hits the hot liquid, it “blossoms” immediately into the drink, making for one of the rare foods that’s worth a social video.

Ansel’s Tokyo location features another version of this drink that’s made with a purple marshmallow flower.

Watching the flower unfold reminds us of the awesome holiday stop motion movies that should make their way onto broadcast television within the next few weeks.

We might need to make another trip out to NYC to try this for ourselves. Heck, even Tokyo’s a possibility.

Cover Photo: Mike Chau | FoodbabyNY

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Starbucks Is Giving Away Free Holiday Drinks

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It’s that time of the year again. You guessed it, Starbucks has debuted their new holiday cups and are bracing themselves for social justice warriors to digitally storm their coffee-brewing gates. To help alleviate some complaints, the coffee chain is giving away free drinks.

Starbucks will offer customers a free holiday drink with the purchase of a holiday drink. You buy one beverage and you get another for free.

Beverages eligible for the deal include the Caramel Brûlée Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Eggnog Latte, Gingerbread Latte, Peppermint Mocha, and the Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew. Each drink will be served in one of Starbucks’ 13 new holiday cup designs.

The deal will be available from Nov. 10 through Nov. 14 from 2pm to 5pm.

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‘Headphanie’ Bottles Of Hennessy Are Real, Here’s Where They Popped Up

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“Why is Hennessy teaming up with trash rappers?” asked my editor when I showed him the trending bottle of “Headphanie.”

If you’re wondering what this new bottle is, it is an homage to the song “OOOUUU” by Young M.A., as one of the lyrics says, “You call her Stephanie, I call her Headphanie.”

Not the most creative oral sex reference, but apparently it was good enough to sell in retail stores, as Lilac Company slapped their labels on bottles of Hennesy for a “Headphanie” edition of the bottle.

Pictures of the drink hit social media, and it felt like a hilarious Photoshopped meme, but then we found out that the bottles were very real and available not only on Lilac Company’s online store, but also at a couple of Florida liquor stores, as well.

According to Lilac Co., the two stores slanging these “Headphanie” bottles were 24 Liquors and Sweeney’s 23 Hour Liquor Store, both in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

One thing that might be a bummer, is that Young M.A., hasn’t said a thing about the bottles, and might not be involved at all. Lilac Co. did say they are in contact with her manager about getting the rapper involved, according to XXL Mag.

While Lilac said no cease and desist orders were given, they later tweeted that all production has stopped and bottles have been removed from shelves, so we’ll have to see when we can get some more Headphanie in the future.

With the hype built around it, you have to believe there will be more on its way, eventually.

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Man Gets Hepatitis After Weeks Of Drinking Nothing But Energy Drinks

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We’ve pounded quite a few energy drinks back in our college days. Had to stay awake and cram for those finals somehow. We’ve never drank so many that we’d contract a life-threatening disease, however.

After this terrifying wake up call, we may never touch one again.

Gizmodo reports that a 50-year-old man was diagnosed with severe hepatitis after drinking nothing but energy drinks for three weeks straight. Reports say he needed them to get through his long hours as a construction worker.

The man soon became fatigued, experienced abdominal pain, had nausea, and vomited frequently. He thought he had the flu until he noticed his urine was dark and his skin turned yellow. Yep, jaundice.

The doctors diagnosed the man with hepatitis due to his excessive ingestion of vitamin B3, which is also known as niacin. A typical energy drink, let’s say Monster, contains about 200 percent of the daily recommended intake of niacin. That amount isn’t enough to poison you… unless you drink five to seven times that throughout the day for nonstop for weeks.

A new case published in the British Medical Journal states that consumers should be aware of all the ingredients found in popular foods and drinks so they don’t over-consume dietary supplements.

Maybe we’ll just stick to black coffee for a while.

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Bring 5 of Your Favorite Sci-Fi Drinks to Life This Halloween With These Recipes

 

No matter what species or planet you call your own (or dress up as this Halloween), you can’t get through a dystopian society without some serious alcohol. From the Twelve Colonies to Galifrey, these drinks really take the edge off kicking ass and taking names.

 

Firefly – Mudder’s Milk

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The idea of Jayne Cobb being a hero might not sit right with you, but this concoction from one of the more memorable Firefly episodes… well, it might not sit right either.

Meant to serve as a meal replacement and a temporary escape from a hard-knock life, this cocktail better suits a rough Tuesday than a party.

  • 2-3 Shots of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Oatmeal
  • Honey and Cinnamon to taste
  • Ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend until consistency is smooth.

 

Doctor Who – The Master

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If you’re feeling particularly villainous, this cocktail version of the Doctor’s oldest frenemy is charismatic and deceitfully sweet. Watch the intake or, the next day, you’ll hear the drumming too.

  • 1 oz. Dark Rum
  • 1 oz. Crème de Cacao
  • 1-2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 4 oz. Coca-Cola

Combine the rum, liqueur, and bitters in a shaker over ice. Pour into a glass and top with cola.

 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster

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Although you can’t find all the ingredients for this cocktail on Earth, a pervasive death wish hasn’t stopped us from trying. Proceed with caution.

  • ½ oz gin
  • ½ oz light rum
  • ½ oz vodka
  • ½ oz tequila
  • 1 oz creme de menthe liqueur
  • 1 oz curacao liqueur
  • 1 oz Galliano
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 olive

Combine all the booze and ice in a blender. Cover, and blend until slushy. Pour into a glass and garnish with an olive. Preemptively call an ambulance.

 

Battlestar Galactica – Ambrosia

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This prison-born elixir might not be the classiest drink, but when you’re running from hostile Cylons, you’re not too picky. So say we all!

  • 6 oz Midori
  • 4 oz Blue Curacao
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • ½ cup of ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend. Optional: garnish with a stemmed cherry.

 

Star Trek – Romulan Ale

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The Federation’s version of absinthe, Romulan Ale is known as an instant drunk. There’s a reason it’s illegal.

  • 375 ml Vodka
  • 375 ml Blue Curacao
  • 375 ml Everclear

Combine ingredients in a 1.25 liter bottle. Chill in freezer for two hours. Serve in shot glasses.

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This Coffee Shop Charges You Every Minute You’re Sitting Inside

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We’ve been guilty of purchasing a small coffee and spending an entire day working remote at a Starbucks before. With the free bathrooms and WiFi, working in a coffeeshop is probably one of our preferred places to crunch out some editorial pieces like this beauty.

A new cafe in Brooklyn, however, won’t let you just lounge around all day just for buying a small drink. Williamsburg’s Glasshour charges customers $6 for the first hour they’re at the coffee shop and 10 cents for every minute after the first hour.

The model is similar to those of cyber cafes where you’re charged by the time rather than purchases, Grubstreet reports.

While you’re there, you can relax and play some board games, drink coffee or tea, and even get some free snacks.

Customer’s won’t be charged more than $24 bucks though. So think of it as a parking garage for your butt.

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8 Beer Hacks That Instantly Level Up Your Cold Brew Enjoyment

Craft beer is boomin’ and the overall appreciation for the suds just keeps getting bigger and bigger. What a time to be alive, really. There has never been a better excuse to open a cold one (or seven) and celebrate. Whether it’s at a bar, a party, or in front of Netflix on the couch, beer will be consumed. It must be.

To make your brew appreciation a little more epic and a whole lot easier, we present you with eight brilliant beer hacks to solve your most obnoxious beer-related conundrums. Need cold beer stat? No bottle opener on hand? We’ve got you.

Put these tips and tricks to good use — all we ask is that you enjoy a cold one for us. We think you can manage.

BEER CUBES

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To keep your beer cool without ice cubes watering your drink down, try making beer cubes instead. All you have to do is fill an ice cube tray with beer and stick it in the freezer, just as you would for regular ice. Then you can pop these cubes in your brew and enjoy a seriously cold, full-bodied beer.

Disclaimer: I’ve never actually seen someone drink a beer with ice in it, but I would honestly try it if I was using this hack.

REDUCE FOAM

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Stay with us… this one is a little weird. Pouring beer is an art form, and if not quite mastered, you can end up with a cup full of foam rather than drinkable beer. A quick tip is that oils reduce the surface tension of the bubbles in the foam. Translation: oils make the foam vanish quickly.

You could probably drop a little vegetable oil or olive oil on the foam to make it disappear, but it’s a little known fact that you can also use the oil on your face. With a finger, swipe a little oil off your nose or forehead and put your finger in the foam. It’ll be gone in a few seconds.

Gross? Absolutely. But at least it’s YOUR nose oil going in the beer. (Please don’t try this trick with someone else’s beer. We will not be held responsible for any ensuing World Star-worthy rumbles.)

COOL A PITCHER

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When you’ve got pitchers for a crowd, they can go kind of slowly. That depends, of course, on the crowd you’re drinking with. But say you know the pitcher is going to be out for some time, slowly growing warmer. There’s a quick way to keep a whole pitcher cool until your friends have crushed it.

Fill up a plastic cup with ice and float it on top. This will cool the beer without directly putting ice in the brew and watering down the whole batch.

DIY BOTTLE OPENER

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This happens way more than any of us would like to admit. You’re off of work, you’re ready to relax with a cold one — and you realize you don’t have a bottle opener on hand. What do you do? The answer is not to put the beer back in the fridge and go to bed. There’s a way around this classic conundrum, and we’re going to tell you what to do.

Start with a piece of paper. Fold it in half hamburger-style (so horizontally, not vertically). Then continue folding the paper until you have a thick, thin wad of paper. Fold the paper in half so it makes a “V” and then wedge the point under the bottle cap. With a little elbow grease, you should be enjoying your brew in no time.

WATER PLANTS (LAZILY)

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If you have plants but you don’t know why you have plants because you always let them die, drinking beer is actually good for your green thumb. Or rather, your lack of it.

When you’ve finished a bottle of beer, fill it with water and stick it upside down into your plant’s soil. It will gradually water the plant over the course of a few days without drowning it, which means the only thing you have to do is drink more beer. Poor you.

CHILL A BEER

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Need to chill a beer in a snap? All you have to do is wet a paper towel and wrap it around your beer bottle. Stick the bottle in the freezer for five to fifteen minutes (depending on just how quickly you need to chill that bottle). When you pull the beer out of the fridge, it’ll be covered in frost and refreshingly cold.

BEER MARKERS

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Forget beer charms, this is a much cheaper, easier, and less dorky way to keep everyone’s beers straight. Get a bag of colored elastic bands at the dollar store and put them out in a bowl for your party guests to grab. When they get a beer, everyone gets an elastic band to put around their bottle, easily distinguishing whose cold ones belong to each other.

DIY KEG TAP

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If you’re really going for it and you’ve gotten a keg for your celebration, then you’ll want to make sure you have a tap to open that bad boy. Completely forgot the tap? You poor soul. Don’t worry, you didn’t kill the party vibe. You can tap that keg with an easy trick.

First, dislodge the retaining ring at the top of the keg using the flat screwdriver. Use the screwdriver to tap around till you find the end of the retaining ring. Pry on the ring with the screwdriver till it gives way and slowly strip it out. Apply pressure on the ball valve again to remove any pressure.

 

Do you have any life-changing beer hacks? Share them in the comments section below.