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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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How should I prepare kola nuts for creating a soft drink?

I have recently gotten into making my own soft drinks, and I would like to attempt making a cola. I found an online spice retailer that sells Kola Nut and bought some, but I have no real idea how to ...
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How might I roast coffee at home without investing in an expensive roasting machine?

Tired of the bland supermarket beans and too poor to sate my thirst at the local roaster, so I've ordered 20lbs of green coffee beans online... But, now what do I need to do to turn them into The ...
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Can Guava seeds be used to make a coffee-like drink?

According to this website containing info on strawberry guavas: The seeds can be eaten carefully or roasted as a coffee substitute. Apart from that site, I can find no other references anywhere ...
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Difference between Spumante & Champagne

When winter holidays come, I always find with my parents and the whole family. Sometimes we use Spumante, some other times Champagne, both to accompain with some sweet at the end of the meal, or ...
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How to carbonate a drink?

How do I carbonate a drink that originally isn't carbonated without altering its taste or the process taking more than a few hours? I've seen some methods that use yeast, but that requires about two ...
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Do tea-like drinks typically require the plant material be dried or processed?

Many of the plants in my garden have leaves or flowers that are, in various places, described as being good for making a herbal tea. A couple of examples are lemon balm leaves (Melissa officinalis) ...
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The consistency of my hot chocolate is off, what do I do?

I've made hot chocolate before however it's only ever been the instant powdered variant by Cadbury's, however today I bought some hot chocolate by "Charbonnel et Walker", I don't know if anyone knows ...
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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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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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Looking for the name of a sweet green drink

A long time ago I tasted an alcoholic drink which was green and tasted very sweet (possibly like banana, definitely not mint), and it had a long french name, something like (pesong, pisang, ...). Does ...
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How does mixing different kinds of beers/liquors mask the taste of alcohol?

Some time ago, I was at a college party where my friend gave me some horrifying concoction of various liquors, and he asked me to try it. As I'd expected, it was absolutely foul- until he added a ...
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Making soda with yeast

It is easy to make soda by adding sugar and yeast to a bottle of water and closing it tightly. However, checking different recipes, I did not get what is the best condition for this. I have a couple ...
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What is the proper way to make a cup of mate?

I've seen different videos on how to make a perfect cup of mate. After putting loose tea in the gourd, some people cover the gourd and shake it upside down, some people shake it on its side, some ...
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What is the name of this drink and is there a substitute for the pineapple?

In many cities in the Venezuelan Andes, there is a traditional beverage with the following preparation: Put a slice/piece of pineapple about two inches per side in a bottle of milk. Put the milk ...
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Are there any scientific advantages to using a cork to stop a wine bottle?

Although I am by no means a connoisseur (I don't really even drink it) I have been investigating the various means by which wine bottles are stopped up. This was prompted by a negative reaction by a ...
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What factors lead to rich crema on espresso?

I love espresso, especially when it has a rich crema (the head that forms on top of a well made shot). I notice that some cafes produce this consistently while others never have more than a wisp on ...
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What is the most effective way to extract mint flavor for a Mojito?

How can one prepare mint for a Mojito a way that will optimally extract its flavor? Are there any other factors that are important while making the drink?
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Trying to find the actual name of an eastern european distilled beverage

this is hopefully a simple question. I have had several friends from Eastern Europe, and they often visited with a bottle of a family-style distilled beverage. It is made with pretty much whatever ...
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How to make the perfect root beer

I have already noted this question about making root beer, but I wanted to explore further, so I hope you'll indulge me. I want to make a home made root beer that is similar in taste to the A&W ...