Making Drinks with Dry Ice: Recipes and Ideas

Updated on March 16, 2016

Homemade Root Beer

Dry ice carbonates the soda.
Dry ice carbonates the soda.

The thought of using dry ice can be intimidating for some people. But if the proper safety precautions are followed, using dry ice to make drinks is easy and entertaining.

You can use dry ice to make carbonated drinks, plain soda water, spooky punches and mysterious fogging drinks.

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 your own homemade root beer and other homemade sodas.

Homemade Root Beer

Bubbling and brewing
Bubbling and brewing

Homemade Root Beer

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.

For 1 Gallon of Root Beer

Ingredients:

1 Gallon of water

2 Pounds of dry ice (Food Grade)

2 Cups of brown sugar (white sugar can be substituted)

2 Ounces of root beer extract (Root beer extract may vary by brand. Check the label for more exact measurements)

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 willl get into the mixture.   

Mix the water, the sugar, and the root beer extract. Break the dry ice into small pieces.  Add the dry ice using tongs.  For a fizzier, more carbonated taste, cover the mixture. Using water as cold as possible will also help absorb the carbon dioxide. The dry ice will begin to fog as it melts. The mixture can be left uncovered in order to watch the fog process. The root beer won’t be as fizzy, though. If you seal the mixture, keep an eye on the container to make sure the pressure does not become too great. The dry ice turns to a gas as it melts from the solid form. If the pressure becomes too great, it can cause the container to explode. Make the mixture in a well ventilated area because of the fog.

See this article on Using Dry Ice for more information and safety precautions.

If the mixture begins to freeze, add more water. Stir the mixture periodically. Allow it to bubble and brew for about 30 minutes to an hour or until all the dry ice has melted. Serve and enjoy!

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.

Making Homemade Root Beer

Punch with Dry Ice

Spooky Punch

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

Sherbet Punch:

1 Container of sherbet

2 Two-liter bottles of 7-Up (Sprite or other clear soda can be substituted)

 

In a large punch bowl, add a few pieces of dry ice in the bottom.  Add the sherbet.  Slowly pour in the 7-up.  Add more dry ice as needed. 

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. 

Dry Ice in Punch

Glowing Tonic Water

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 above section for more dry ice punch details)
  • Freeze tonic water into ice cubes. Use the 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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      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        Thanks!

      • louromano profile image

        louromano 

        6 years ago

        Great hub ! Congrats too and good luck!

      • AlmostLola profile image

        AlmostLola 

        7 years ago

        Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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        ChilliWilly 

        7 years ago from Kaunas, Lithuania

        Thanks for very interesting and informative hub. Keep it going!

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        Ravi Singh 

        7 years ago from India

        Thanks for this hub.I am really gonna try it out!

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        7 years ago from Far, far away

        Jennie - Dry ice is perfect to use for Halloween. It does help set a spooky atmosphere. No strange chemicals in dry ice, you just have to be careful not to touch your skin with it. It can cause a burn similar to freezer burn.

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        Venture Boyz 

        7 years ago from Floating in the clouds

        The dry ice drinks would be totally spooky to do for a Halloween party. I am totally going to try it out espicially the one that glows! I had always wondered if it was safe to use dry ice as I assumed it must contain chemicals of some sort.

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        StephenSMcmillan 

        7 years ago

        WOw I love it, nice idea.

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        KyleBear 

        7 years ago

        Wonderful idea ;) I'm gonna try it out later

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        7 years ago from Far, far away

        markmendez - For something as simple as tonic water, the effect under a black light is really awesome.

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        markmendez 

        7 years ago

        I am interested with the Glowing Tonic Water! I want to try it for my own party for sure my friends will be amazed with. Cool!

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        marpauling 

        7 years ago

        Wow, Very nice I idea, I am glad to visit this hub.

      • phillip goodson profile image

        phillip goodson 

        7 years ago

        What an interesting idea, I can't believe I've never thought of it as a way to liven up cocktails!

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        7 years ago from Far, far away

        applejuic3 - Thanks! Dry ice root beer is delicious. It is great on hot summer days.

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        applejuic3 

        7 years ago from San Diego, CA

        Never thought of using dry ice for root beer! Great idea for a party anytime of the year :)

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        7 years ago from Far, far away

        loves2cook - Halloween is definitely a great time for these ideas. But you are right, they can also be used for any party.

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        loves2cook 

        7 years ago from Portland, OR

        Wow, this is perfect for a Halloween party, or any other occasion where standard drinks need to be jazzed up a little for presentation effect. Thanks for the hub!

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        nikitha p 

        7 years ago from India

        Very Interesting hub. Thanks for sharing this.

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        8 years ago from Far, far away

        I love to use dry ice. I use it any chance I get for parties, experiments, or whatever. My cats are always curious whenever there is something spooky going on.

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        tom hellert 

        8 years ago from home

        Cool hub dry ice is fun, spooky, and relatively harmless just dont go to crazy and watch out for the dogs and cats

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        prettydarkhorse 

        8 years ago from US

        Congrats my dear, and this is new, I gotta try, Maita

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        anglnwu 

        8 years ago

        Congrats too and good luck!

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        India Arnold 

        8 years ago from Northern, California

        This is the coolest thing ever! How fun this must be. I will be adding this to my party 'to do' list. Thanks for such great information. Up and Awesome!

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        Audrey Kirchner 

        8 years ago from Washington

        Interesting hub - good luck!

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        Holle Abee 

        8 years ago from Georgia

        Great idea! I love the spooky punch idea - think I'll try it for the kids next Halloween!

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        8 years ago from Far, far away

        Thanks everyone!

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        Money Glitch 

        8 years ago from Texas

        What a unique idea. Congrats, on being selected as a "Best Hub" nominee this week. Good luck!

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        Barry Rutherford 

        8 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Very useful.. One Day great Hub !

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