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Why not use alcohol ice?

Ethanol has a much lower freezing temperature than water: -114°C. This is considerably colder than dry ice and would require expensive specialised equipment to make and store. It would also be ...
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Can you put a bottle of whiskey in the oven

In general, you wouldn't want to put a sealed glass bottle filled with any liquid in your oven. If you want to try and are still working on it, remove the cap, empty the alcohol into another container,...
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Is it safe to drink grain alcohol mixed with snake blood?

According to Biological risks associated with consumption of reptile products International Journal of Food Microbiology, Volume 134, Issue 3, 15 September 2009, Pages 163-175: People are documented ...
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Can we keep alcoholic beverages indefinitely?

Short Answer: Yes. In general, unopened containers of alcohol have an indefinite shelf-life. For example, there are 500+ year old barrels of wine which are likely still drinkable (i.e. not only safe ...
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Does fruitcake made with alcohol stay alcoholic after aging?

Yes, fruitcake will retain almost all the alcohol added to it, whether added before or after cooking. Whether you should make a non-alcoholic alternative is a matter of opinion and individual ...
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Name of the alcoholic products of fermenting sugar and distilling mead, analogous to fermenting grapes to get wine and distilling wine to get brandy?

The interim step in rum making is called 'Wash', which unlike beer or wine isn't sold separately. I don't know exactly why, but I suspect it's because it doesn't taste good. The same is true of just ...
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How to replace booze in eggnog?

The easiest way is rum or brandy extract. The flavor is milder, but satisfactory enough. (Rum extract is far easier to find than brandy extract.) Most brands still have some alcohol (significantly ...
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Can you put a bottle of whiskey in the oven

Use different modelling clay Two-part putties such as Milliput are just as well designed for fine model-making, and set in air at room temperature. If you start with a white putty then you can mix it ...
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Can you put a bottle of whiskey in the oven

I don't know how hot or how long your polymer clay bakes for, so you might get away with it, but in general I wouldn't risk putting a sealed container in the oven, whatever the contents. The primary ...
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Why not use alcohol ice?

You could - provided you have a specific custom freezer that can reach as low as -17° F / -27°C - produce whiskey ice cubes. The question is, should you? If you are cooling your drink, you are ...
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What can I substitute for Cointreau

Cointreau is just one particular brand. You can substitute any other triple sec/orange liquor. Some may suit your tastes better than others, but there's really no reason to insist on the fanciest most ...
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What is the purpose of Whiskey rocks?

It is to cool it down without dilluting it - ice cubes would melt. And yes, you could simply cool the entire bottle, but it wouldn't look that fancy. Note that some purists would wrinkle their noses ...
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Bourboning up a ganache

The rule of thumb when spiking a ganache is to either reduce the cream by the same amount or add double the amount of chocolate (by weight). So for one ounce of alcohol you either leave out one ...
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Name of the alcoholic products of fermenting sugar and distilling mead, analogous to fermenting grapes to get wine and distilling wine to get brandy?

You have to ferment sugarcane molasses (which is just concentrated boiled sugarcane juice) to distill into rum, so I'm not sure fermented molasses has any other name. The second question was already ...
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Why not use alcohol ice?

Many cocktails are shaken with ice, this isn't to mix it - you could do that with a spoon - it's to dilute the drink with water. This seems counterintuitive, but that's usually desired. The idea of ...
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Vanilla extract with pure alcohol

I can see two possibilities. One is that vodka and the like are highly available. You can buy them in almost any country, and in most places just in a supermarket. They're even fairly likely to be ...
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How to replace booze in eggnog?

I'm no eggnog expert, but when I need to substitute bourbon in a recipe that calls for both bourbon and sugar, I have substituted bourbon for a mixture of maple syrup and molasses. This will be a ...
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How to add bourbon flavor?

What we think of as "bourbon flavor" is due to a combination of things. Bourbon is aged in a new oak barrel that has been charred on the inside. The important thing is not so much the layer ...
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What is a substitute for red or white wine in a recipe?

After a long and frustrating search for wine substitutes, I finally got the guts to create "wine bouillon" and it's producing good results in the kitchen. Essentially, I've flash-dried wine into a ...
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When left out in an open container, what % abv does vodka retain at room temperature?

As a chemist I'd say that the question is really impossible to answer as given. The gist is that for a water/ethanol mixture both components will evaporate. So if the liquid is left out long enough, ...
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How to add bourbon flavor?

Heating to remove alcohol isn't as effective as you might think, and igniting the vapour is of no benefit. Once it's evaporated it's gone from the liquid anyway, and imagine trying to get a flame from ...
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Is there residual alcohol in various vinegars?

Yes, there is some alcohol in vinegar. Estimates of Ethanol Exposure in Children from Food not Labeled as Alcohol-Containing, Gorgus et al., Journal of Analytical Toxicology 2016 discusses a range of ...
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Can we keep alcoholic beverages indefinitely?

Alcohol in high concentratons is a preservative. The only spiritous liquor or cordial type thing I've ever had go off from age was off-brand Irish Cream liqueur which curdled - never had a problem ...
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Why not use alcohol ice?

Freezing a mixture of two liquids solid is quite a complex process. Contrary to most of the other answers, whiskey/vodka/gin/whatever 40% hard drink starts to freeze at ~ -30°C, but it is only the ...
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What's the difference between Santa Cruz Rum and Jamaican Rum?

Cocktail historian David Wondrich discusses this very topic in his book "Imbibe!", pages 74-75. (It's structured around Jerry Thomas' first cocktail books—perhaps it's in one of those you're ...
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What's a substitute for pastis?

Yes. In recipes like bouillabaisse, Pernod, Ouzo, Sambuca, or Ricard would all work as substitutes. Basically, almost any anise-flavored liqueur will work, although you might steer clear of high-...
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Cherries + 2% salt + 1 week at room temperature =?

What makes you think they are not lacto-fermented cherries? The Noma guide is, of course, a reliable resource. I assume you followed the procedure for plums (or the general instructions for lacto-...
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Can you put a bottle of whiskey in the oven

It might cause an explosion and a house fire. A sealed bottle would explode without a doubt. The heat differential caused by different thicknesses of clay would stress the glass. The combination of ...
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Why not use alcohol ice?

This is one of the rare "why not" questions which happen to have a technical reason behind them, rather than a random "it could have been done, but nobody cared enough to do it". ...
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