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In yesterday's post in the Solid Liquids Project (project index here) I had expanded beyond dehydrating Campari into dehydrating other liqueurs, namely X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, Wild Turkey American Honey, Irish Mist, and Midori. These are all part of the Skyy Spirits portfolio. Of these four, only Midori crystallized like Campari had. I tried several methods to make the others crystallize but failed for the large part. I went over those in yesterday's post. (Note: Before you get too deep into this, I just want to warn you that at this point I haven't figured out a solution to this problem... Read more →

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So far in the Solid Liquids Project (project index here) I've been experimenting with the best way to get liqueurs into a solid/powder/sugar form. I have performed all of these experiments with Campari so far, but now it's time to try some other liqueurs. Since Skyy Spirits is sponsoring this project, I began with other liqueurs from the company. I put four liqueurs into the food dehydrator: X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, Wild Turkey American Honey, Irish Mist, and Midori. After a standard amount of time (24-36 hours), only Midori had crystallized. Second Attempt: A Long Time in the Dehydrator The others... Read more →

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Citrus: A History by Pierre Laszlo is a weird book. The first two sections contain detailed information about the species, spread, and cultivation of citrus around the world. The third section contains chapters like "Symbolic Meanings of Citrus" and "Image of Citrus in Poetry," which I didn't find terribly engaging. So let's dwell instead on the first parts where the good stuff is. Here are some facts I highlighted. "If Judaisn accounted for the cirum-Mediterranean spread of citrons, Islam established a major beachhead for the cultivation of citrus to the Iberian Peninsula." "Sour limes (the kind most often found in... Read more →

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In the continuing study of sugar, today we'll look at how sugar is made today. According to Sugar.org, this is how sugar is made from either beets or cane. For sugar cane: ❧ Grinding the cane to extract the juice; ❧ Boiling the juice until the syrup thickens and crystallizes; ❧ Spinning the crystals in a centrifuge to produce raw sugar; ❧ Shipping the raw sugar to a refinery where it is, ❧ Washed and filtered to remove remaining non-sugar ingredients and color; and ❧ Crystallized, dried and packaged. Beet sugar processing is similar, but it is done in one... Read more →

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In the Sugar Spirit Project we've looked at the history of sugarcane and sugar production (project index here). In this post we'll look at sugar production today. Some of this information may be out of date due to the date of my reference books/websites, so please take it all with a grain of salt. Nowadays, sugar is not longer a major export in the Caribbean except for Guyana, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba. In India, the sugar industry is not large plantation-based but from small peasant holdings. The cane is processed by private companies or cooperatives. This is because citizens... Read more →

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While I was in Sweden with Karlsson's Gold vodka, we learned a traditional way to drink vodka. It is called Kaffegök, and it is gross. You take a cup and put a coin in the bottom. Then you fill it with coffee until you can't see the coin anymore. Then you add vodka until you can see the coin again. That's how you know you have enough vodka in there. Then you drink it. Damnnnn that's some kinda breakfast. Read more →

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There are few things I like as much as having the cover story in a magazine. The latest Mixology Magazine arrived from Germany and it has wonderfully creepy cover illustration to pair with my Bloody Mary story. The story isn't online yet, but should you want to make hearty use of the Translate button on your browser you can read my enormous story from last year on the Mai Tai. Read more →

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