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Making Drinks With Dry Ice: Recipes and Ideas

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Use dry ice to make sodas, spooky punches, and mysterious fogging drinks.

Use dry ice to make sodas, spooky punches, and mysterious fogging drinks.

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The thought of using dry ice can be intimidating for some people. But if the proper safety precautions are followed, using it to make drinks is easy and fun. Dry ice is another name for frozen carbon dioxide (CO2) and is often used in the process of making carbonated sodas. You can use it to make carbonated drinks, plain soda water, spooky punches, and mysterious fogging drinks.

In This Article

  • Homemade Root Beer Recipe
  • Spooky Party Punch Recipe
  • Eerie Glow-in-the-Dark Drinks
Dry ice will carbonate soda!

Dry ice will carbonate soda!

Homemade Root Beer Recipe

Making your own root beer at home is easier than you might think. The process is fun to watch as well, so plan on having root beer for your next party or gathering.

Yield: 1 gallon of root beer

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon cold water (the cold temperature helps absorb carbon dioxide)
  • 2 pounds dry ice (food grade)
  • 2 cups brown sugar (white sugar can be substituted)
  • 2 ounces root beer extract (Root beer extract may vary by brand. Check the label for more exact measurements.)

What Kind of Container?

For best results, make the mixture in a container that can be sealed and is triple the size of the mixture. A large cooler would work well. Don't use styrofoam coolers, though. Styrofoam particles break off and contaminate the mixture.

Instructions

  1. Mix the water, the sugar, and the root beer extract.
  2. Break the dry ice into small pieces. Add the dry ice using tongs. The dry ice will begin to fog as it melts.
  3. If the mixture begins to freeze, add more water. Stir the mixture periodically. Allow it to bubble and brew for about 30 to 60 minutes or until all the dry ice has melted. Serve and enjoy!

Covered or Uncovered?

  • For a fizzier, more carbonated taste, cover the mixture. If you seal the container, keep an eye on it to make sure the pressure does not become too great. The dry ice turns into a gas as it melts from its solid form. If the pressure becomes too great, it can cause the container to explode. Prepare the mixture in a well-ventilated area.
  • The mixture can be left uncovered in order to watch the fog process. The root beer won’t be as fizzy, though.

Notes

  • The carbonation won't last more than a day or two, so finish the leftovers quickly.
  • Other flavors such as cream soda or cherry extract can be used as well. Add more or less sugar to taste. Carbonated water can be added for extra fizziness.
  • Make plain soda water using the same procedure as the root beer. Simply leave out the flavoring and the sugar.
This spooky punch uses dry ice for ab bubbling effect.

This spooky punch uses dry ice for ab bubbling effect.

Spooky Party Punch

For a spooky party beverage, add dry ice to the punch to create an eerie fog effect.

Ingredients

  • 1 container sherbet
  • 2 (2-liter) bottles 7-Up (or Sprite or another clear soda)

Instructions

  1. In a large punch bowl, add a few pieces of dry ice to the bottom.
  2. Add the sherbet.
  3. Slowly pour in the 7-Up or Sprite. Add more dry ice as needed.

Note: If you don’t want to add the dry ice to the punch, the bowl of punch can be placed inside a larger bowl with dry ice and water to create the same fog effect.

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Glowing under a black light

Glowing under a black light

Eerie Glow-in-the-Dark Drinks

Make eerie fogging drinks that glow in the dark using dry ice and tonic water. Tonic water glows under a black light because of the quinine used to make it. Adding dry ice will make the drink fog and look like a mad scientist concoction.

Glow-in-the-Dark Drink Ideas

  • Black lights are a must for the glow-in-the-dark effect.
  • Serve your guests drinks mixed with tonic water.
  • Make a punch with tonic water and dry ice. (See the above section for more dry ice punch details.)
  • Freeze tonic water into ice cubes. Use ice cubes in your guests’ drinks. Spooky-shaped ice cubes add to the effect.
  • Use beakers and test tubes as cups.
  • Set up containers of tonic water with dry ice in the bottom around the room to create an eerie atmosphere.

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