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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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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 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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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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Israeli soda type drink

Recently I had this amazing drink in a "Israeli style bistro" in St Petersburg, Russia. I can't remember the exact name, something beginning with 'J', like Jollo, Jalla or something. It had a really ...
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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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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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Can I dissolve mint in water and drink it?

I like mint and sometimes put some in a cup of water. My question is can I grind the mint into a fine powder and dissolve it? Maybe if the water is warm? Usually mint like in this pic just settles on ...
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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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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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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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Is lemonade better when made with simple syrup?

On a hot summer day and with a basketful of lemons I often want a nice cold glass of lemonade. A lot of recipes suggest making lemonade with simple syrup, which requires cooking, whereas other recipes ...
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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 a proper Manhattan?

I've ordered these a few times, and had wildly varying results - hardly surprising, given the general lack of training among bartenders around these parts, but confusing none the less! So now I'm ...
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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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Poisonous Escoffier recipe?

I found a strange recipe in Escoffiers's Guide Culinaire: 2939 - CHERRY WATER Stone two lbs. of very ripe cherries, and rub them through a sieve. Put the purée into a basin with the stones crushed in ...
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What's the best method for making iced coffee?

How should we make iced coffee at home? We only have a French press.
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Frothing Milk By Hand

What is a consistent method to froth milk if I do not have a steam wand? I have tried things like a whisk and an Aerolatte with mixed success.
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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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English term to describe "kompot", an Eastern European beverage made from berries

I am trying to find an English word for a special drink. This is the recipe: 5 liters of water 1 cup of sugar 500 grams of berries Mix sugar and water, bring mixture to a boil. Add berries, bring ...
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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 ...
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How to make syrup mix with milk/water when making drinks?

When I go to coffee shops, they flavour the drinks using these syrups eg: Choclate, hazlenut and so on. I found the same syrups and started using them to try and flavour my drinks in home cooking, but ...
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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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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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How to make bubble tea - the "real" (tea-less) version? Is there a way to create the powdered flavoring?

I've been unsuccessful thus far in recreating Khmer bubble tea, or the pastel-colored bubble tea one can find at many small cafes and stands. The specific kind of bubble tea I'm looking to make uses ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Choosing a wine that complements a meal [closed]

I've heard that particular types of wine are good matches for particular types of food. I'm fairly new to wine being served with a meal I prepared, and I'd like to learn about how and why I should ...
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Pre-mixing liquor -- any downsides?

I love Long Islands. In fact, all I make are Long Islands. Yet every time I make one, I have to independently mix the four liquors I use: Vodka, Tequila, Gin, and Rum. (plus I add lemon juice and ...
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How to add lemon flavor to tea?

I am trying to add lemon flavor to tea so that it has ginger and lemon flavor to a noticeable extent. If we boil tea water with ginger, the ginger flavor can be brought almost to the way it is okay. ...
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What is the opposite of cuvée?

I know that cuvée is wine produced from several types of grape. Is there a word to describe wine made from a single type?
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Irish Coffee harder to get right than Baileys Coffee?

On a cold winter's day I was in a Irish-themed pub/restaurant and ordered an Irish Coffee. Some time later (could have been half an hour or longer), the waitress comes with all the stuff other people ...
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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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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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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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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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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 3+...
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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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Why does tea become bitter if brewed too hot or too long?

To try to narrow the scope and help deduce an answer to this question, I'm wondering: Why does tea become bitter if brewed too hot or too long?
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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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wishy-washy caffè frappè

I'm trying to do the Greek drink "Caffè Frappè". I'm using 2 tea spoon of spray dried coffee and 2 tea spoons of sugar. I've added a little of iced water and blended with an hand mixer until it's ...
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Condensed milk doesn't mix well into iced coffee

I enjoy Vietnamese/Thai/Brazilian iced coffee with the signature condensed milk. However, my efforts to reproduce have fallen flat. Using either condensed milk from a can or squeeze bottle, it never ...
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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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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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