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Has anyone ever tried birch sap as a tonic?

According to this blog posting, birch sap is very popular in Russia as a drink. Further, I read in wikipedia that it is popular enough to be bottled and sold commercially. Finally, (and most ...
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What kind of reaction is this?

I have made elderflower 'champagne' a number of times, but I don't really understand it. I ferment other drinks and foods, and generally understand the process quite well, but I'm not sure about this. ...
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What's the proper way to muddle mint for a julep or mojito?

Not a huge fan of the mojito, but my wife loves 'em. A good julep is another matter... But mine have a bad tendency to end up with lots of little mint pieces that get stuck in my teeth. So what's the ...
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Can durian be used as a cocktail ingredient?

I saw that a local Asian supermarket sells durian, so I picked one up, and was thinking that making an alcoholic drink for Christmas would be a great idea, but what kind of drinks could I make? It ...
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When is the expiry date? [closed]

Honest to god, I tried so hard to identify it. I do see JAN 17 but I'm not sure if its January of 2017 or January the 17th. Plus I see 00:42 there but I'm not sure what it means, but I have a feeling ...
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Coffee foam vs. Tea foam

One sign of really good fresh well-roasted coffee beans is foam. When you pour hot water into the French press, it foams, often forming a head up to 2" high. And when you use an espresso machine, ...
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Can kvass be made without bread?

While searching for kvass recipes some of them mentioned that kvass can be made with rye flour or malt and since I can't find 100% rye breads where I live making them just for kvass would be too ...
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Hangovers: what causes them? How much does the quality of the drink matter? [closed]

Hangovers are, as far as I know, caused by dehydration, building up of toxins of the drink, and and building up of toxins because the liver is too occupied with getting rid of the waste products of ...
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What happens when you mix whiskey and water?

It is sometimes said that to best experience the flavor and aroma of a good whiskey (or whisky), one ought to add a bit of water. This practice is said to release flavors somehow. Is there any truth ...
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Does placing a metal spoon in an open bottle of sparkling wine (etc.. .) help keep its fizz?

Does placing a metal spoon in an open bottles of bubbles, sparkling wine & Champagne help keep its fizz ? If so why is this ?
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Coca Cola's Secret Recipe

If only two executives know the secret recipe of Coca Cola at any one time, and it is so well guarded, then how do they manufacture Coca Cola in plants without giving away this secret to the workers?
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What is (was) cocavello?

What is or what was a cocavello drink? Does someone know, what ingredients it contained and if it is still used (drinked) somewhere around the globe? What I managed to find out so far is: Mentioned ...
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Where to store boxes/cases of Carbonated Energy Drinks (Like Red Bull) Fridge or Room?

I hope this is the right place to ask this. And sorry for the bad english. I didn't know whether "box" is right for what I have or "case", or "pack" ! I'm a self-admitted Energy Drink junkie! So I ...
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Why would coffee cause stomach cramps? Are there alternatives to Caffeine? [closed]

As a student, I am (I was) caffeine-dependant. But whenever I drink coffee I get stomach cramps. Is there a biological/biochemical explanation for this? Why would caffeinated coffee have this effect ...
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Why did people start using CO2 (instead of e.g. oxygen) for carbonated drinks?

I am curious about why those who invented carbonated drinks chose to use specifically carbon dioxide in the liquid, instead of some other gas (say, oxygen). (Obviously they wouldn't necessarily have ...
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Why the common basic taste of energy drinks is tutti-frutti?

With extraordinary exceptions, most of the basic energy drinks has the same basic flavour: tutti-frutti. Why was it chosen instead of an already known flavour, like cherry or something? Is it like a ...
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Fishhouse Punch: Peach Brandy vs Schnapps

The basic recipe for fish-house punch involves cognac, dark rum, peach brandy, sugar, and lemon. I have peach schnapps, which I rather like. However, this blend is one of the few that I find palatable ...
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I have difficulty finding “ANGOSTURA” bitters, is there any substitute?

My preferred pre-dinner drink is the Manathan, but I have difficulties finding ANGOSTURA bitters. Is there anything else that I could use instead of it?
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Residue in cork

I opened a recently purchased wine (a Grenache 2012), and the part of the cork that was in contact with the wine looked like the picture Part of the residue looked like small crystals, some whitish ...
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How to remove the flavor from whisky stones?

I made the mistake of buying these awesome whisky stones (soapstone) to chill my drinks. Besides the fact that they don't cool the drink down a lot, they acquire a freezer taste and ruin the flavor of ...
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How to stop Xanthan Gum from clumping?

Every so often, I make Irish Cream. The problem I have with it is that the cocoa and some of the cream split a bit in the bottle. It's still drinkable, and shaking the bottle fixes it, but I'd rather ...
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Milk with Nettle Tea

Recently I bought some nettle tea and, not having drunk herbal tea for very long, am wondering if you can put milk in nettle tea. I ask here, because Google isn't much help for this particular query.....
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How Long Is Mint-Infused Water Safe to Drink?

I like to leave a few sprigs of mint leaf in bottled water overnight to give it some extra flavor. It's delicious, but recently I left one in the fridge while I was on vacation for five days. I ...
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Why does my horchata have too much sediment?

I've tried a few times to make horchata. My process is as follows: Put 1 cup of long grain rice, one cinnamon stick, and 4 cups of water in the blender. Blend briefly to break up. Let soak for ...
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Do I chill mead?

I've just bought a bottle of mead for the first time - do I need to chill it before drinking, like a white wine, or let it breathe before drinking, like a red wine?
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Lemon and Mint drink

I once had a delicious lemon and mint drink on a flight with Qatar airways, but I have no idea what it was or how it might have been made. Does anyone know what it might have been and how it was made? ...
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Is zesting lemons effective when making lemonade?

It's too hot. The air is oppressive and sticky, and it just keeps getting hotter... I need a nice, cold glass of lemonade. Fortunately, I have a bag of lemons and plenty of ice! So now the question ...
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Everyday drink that won't destroy my teeth/shoot up my sugar [closed]

I have this weird thing where I find it very hard to drink still water, as in it scares me to do so (yeah I know it doesn't make a lot of sense but bear with me) so I drink anything but. So to down ...
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Can sarsaparilla and sassafras be substituted with licorice root?

I am trying to make root beer using natural ingredients, but sarsaparilla and sassafras root are difficult to get in my area. I found root beer recipes that used licorice root as an ingredient, and I ...
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Does the foam head affect the taste of cola?

I was reading the other day about the importance of the head when pouring beer, and I wondered if there are any similar considerations when pouring cola's? I'm a huge fan of good Coke, and I'm just ...
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Will Cinnamon ever dissolve in a cocktail?

I have this idea, that making a cinnamon, vanilla and brandy cocktail would be delicious, and it is. But it is also kinda grainy. What I have been doing: In a 500ml glass, add 15m brandy, add 1/2 ...
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What exactly does carbonated water do?

I just saw a deal on Sodastream system on bfads, and as someone who was never especially enamored with the idea of carbonated drinks, it dawned on me - I have no idea what the actual point of ...
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Emulating Starbucks Frappuccino Cream Base

At Starbucks, the "Cream Based" (no coffee) frappuccinos all use a proprietary syrup base which I would like to emulate to be able to make a reasonable facsimile at home. When the baristas make a "...
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Is ionized water safe to drink? [closed]

I was searching around the internet and I found this: http://www.thehealthleader.com/health-benefits-alkaline-water-videos/ Is this type of water safe?
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Should I get the small or large size of a pour over brew device when I'm only brewing one cup? (eg. Hario V60, Woodneck)

Assuming that I am only going to brew a cup of coffee for myself and won't be brewing more than one cup at a time, should I still get the larger of the two sizes (or three sizes in terms of the V60) ...
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When *brewing* Irish coffee in a drip coffeemaker or French press, do I need to use more Irish whiskey?

Back in the early 1980's I received a very nice coffeemaker as a gift. (Okay - it was very nice for the 1980's.) There was a small recipe booklet that came with it that had a great recipe for Irish ...
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How to make more than one good cup of coffee with a moka pot?

I have a moka pot I'm really happy with the coffee from this. However, after I've poured the first cup out, if I leave the heat on (however low), the coffee gets a metallic taste to it. If I turn ...
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How can I make fizz free and alcohol free mojito?

I want to make alcohol free and fizz free mojito. Is this possible? I don't mind carbonated water; but my family does not drink alcohol for religious reasons. We also avoid and have avoided fizzy ...
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Fiber Drink that are homogenous solutions

I have come to know fiber as either insoluble fiber, which doesn't disolve completely in water, and therefore doesn't make a homogenous solution, or soluble fiber, which does dissolve but also gels up....
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unused drink packets

So I have a lot of those drink packets that you just add into a bottle of water and shake. It's pretty much adult kool-aid. A while ago my wife and I went a little overboard and bought way too many, ...
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Homemade sport drink [closed]

I'm trying to develop a recipe for homemade sport drink as Gaterade and the like contains unhealthy and/or unnecessary ingredients that I dislike. I found a base recipe I'd like to work with to ...
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How to reduce the bitterness of tonic water in a non-alcoholic citrus drink?

After having a good fizzy lime drink recently, I decided to try mixing up some non-alcoholic drink options. Being completely ignorant of fizzy waters in general, I decided to go with tonic water to ...
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Home made Rice Milk that's not slimy or chalky?

I'm wondering if it's possible to make rice milk at home that's similar in texture/taste to Rice Dream rice milk. Most recipes online are really similar to each other, essentially being, blend some ...
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Is there a spice that is hot and colorless?

I want to prepare a drink that is hot (spicy) but I don't want to use regular hot sauce because it will affect the color. Is there anything like "clear" hot sauce?
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Vermouth for use in Drinks - can I freeze it?

I have a well stocked bar at home so from time to time I mix some drinks. Many popular drinks list Vermouth (e.g. Noilly Prat) as an ingredient. Basically, Vermouth can be compared to a special kind ...
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How do I make instant chocolate powder from a chocolate bar?

I like the flavour of a certain brand of chocolate, is there a method to turn a chocolate bar into instant chocolate powder so I can quickly create a hot chocolate from it? I am aware I can make a hot ...
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Belgian chocolate milk

I've tried a lovely chocolate milk (cold, not to be confused with hot chocolate) from Marks and Spencer (a supermarket in the UK) and I'm trying to emulate it's rich Belgian chocolate taste. My ...
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What can I substitute for pineapple in punch?

I want to make St. Cecilia's Punch, which calls for 1/2 small pineapple. My friend has a pineapple allergy and I need a suggestions as to what I can replace the pineapple with in this recipe. Any ...
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Making your own drink powders?

I love the flavor of crystal light, but it is expensive, and I don't like the artificial sweeteners. I don't think I would mind the drink without the sweeteners, and would like to try to make my own. ...
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Can I use any other flavor instead of vanilla in Copycat Sonic shake Recipe?

I have reviewed various recipes for copycat sonic shake recipe and they all use vanilla flavor. But I don't like vanilla flavor. Can I add any other flavor to it?