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Mad Science Party Drinks
Fogging, Fizzing, Popping Drinks
Give your mad science or Halloween party an extra eerie style with these party drinks. Experiment on your guests with bubbling, fizzing, fogging, color changing brews.
These serums will look like something that will give you an extra limb or turn a person into a gerbil. But these drinks are harmlessly delicious.
Keep scrolling for recipes to make fizzing potion, fogging punch, glowing drinks, popping drinks, and slimy drinks that are great for any mad science or Halloween party.
Color Change Serum
- Sprite (7 Up, Sierra Mist, or other clear soda)
- Cotton candy
This drink will change color right before your eyes. All you need is clear soda like Sprite and a bit of cotton candy.
The effect will be the best if you use clear cups. Serving guests the drink out of a beaker or flask will give it a great mad science look.
Simply pour the soda and add some cotton candy. The drink will get fizzier and bubble and change to the color of the cotton candy you put into the cup. The more cotton candy you add, the more it will change. The drink gets sweeter with the cotton candy, also.
Using tongs to add the cotton candy is another great dramatic flair. Pretend like your guests are turning colors when they drink it. Well, actually, their tongues probably will change colors, so it works!!
"Never drink any drink with a paper umbrella in it, never drink any drink with a humorous name, and never drink any drink that changes colour when the last ingredient goes in."
Mad Science Party Drinks Demonstration
- Lemon juice
- Baking Soda
This potion will fizz and bubble when you prepare it for your guests. Begin by making what is basically lemonade.
Mix water, sugar, and lemon juice together. Mix the ingredients to taste or follow the directions for making lemonade on the lemon juice package. You can also use real lemons or lemonade made from real lemons.
Then add in a spoonful or two of baking soda. The mixture should begin to fizz. The key is that baking soda and lemon juice react to each other causing the fizzing. If you aren't getting much fizz, you need more baking soda or more lemon juice. You can keep adding baking soda and lemon juice to keep the reaction going. Keep in mind that it may fizz over the container. You may want to put it inside of another container to avoid a big mess.
You may want to do a trial run of your mixture before you perform it for your guests so that you will know the exact amount to use for the best effect (and the best taste). Wait until the guests have arrived and you are ready to serve the drink before you add in the baking soda. Otherwise you will put on a show just for yourself.
To make it look even more like a mad scientist drink, serve it from a big measuring cup or scientific-looking container. Have your guests drink from beakers or test tubes and tell them the potion will grow hair all over their bodies.
Beakers Make for Great Party Glasses
"The mixture, which was at first of a reddish hue, began, in proportion as the crystals melted, to brighten in colour, to effervesce audibly, and to throw off small fumes of vapour. Suddenly and at the same moment, the ebullition ceased and the compound changed to a dark purple, which faded again more slowly to a watery green." - Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
- Pop rocks
- Punch (or cocktail for adult party)
This drink is sure to "sound" peculiar to your guests. When you add Pop Rocks to your drinks, it makes popping, fizzing sounds and tickles your nose in a non-disgusting way.
For family friendly exploding beverages, add Pop Rocks to Kool-Aid when you serve it. Kids especially will love it. It will keep making sounds for several minutes as you drink it.
Some flavors of Pop Rocks mixed with certain drinks make more of a reaction than others. Experiment to see which combinations make for the best pops.
Pop Rocks can be used to rim glasses of adult beverages. Pair the Pop Rocks flavor with the drink. For apple martinis rim the glass with caramel and then add sour apple Pop Rocks.
Or just sprinkle Pop Rocks onto the top of the drink for an extra kick. They mix well with Red Bull.
Despite urban legends you can even put Pop Rocks in sodas without your stomach exploding.
This is a great mad science party activity or party favor.
"Behind her they heard the gloop gloop of the bubbling, glutinous potion." - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Halloween Punch How to Guide
- Dry ice
This will create a punch that has a creepy, clinging fog. This is the most common type of spooky drink. Start by mixing up your favorite kind of punch. It can even be basic Kool-Aid. If it is an adult party, you can add spirits to the punch if desired.
You can add the dry ice two different ways. Dry ice is just the frozen form of carbon dioxide, the stuff we exhale. It is not poisonous, but it can give you a freezer burn if you touch it with your bare hands. So use tongs or wear gloves to handle it.
If you are a little nervous about using the dry ice, you can keep the dry ice separate from the punch. Find two containers, one slightly larger than the other. Put the punch in the smaller container and then place that container into the larger container. Put pieces of dry ice around the bottom of the large container. Add warm water and the dry ice will begin to create a fog. Add more pieces of dry ice periodically to keep the effect going.
If you are more adventurous with the dry ice, you can add it straight into the punch. It will cause the punch to not only fog but bubble as well. Just avoid putting the dry ice directly into your mouth. If you use larger pieces, they will fall to the bottom of the punch and you won't have to worry about them. Add pieces of dry ice periodically to keep the fog going.
Wait till the guests arrive to add the dry ice. You will need to buy the dry ice the day of the party because it won't keep in normal freezers.
Check out the link below for more info about using dry ice.
"He put the glass to his lips, and drank at one gulp. A cry followed; he reeled, staggered, clutched at the table and held on, staring with injected eyes, gasping with open mouth." - Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Guide to Using Dry Ice for Drinks
Homemade root beer is another awesome mad science party drink.
- Making Drinks with Dry Ice: Recipes and Ideas
Using dry ice to make drinks is easy and entertaining. You can use dry ice to make root beer, sodas, spooky punches, and mysterious fogging drinks.
Test Tubes for Mad Science Parties
Mad Scientist Punch
"Never use two drops of the formula. It would cause a reaction on the molecular level that is completely unpredictable." - Pinky and the Brain
Mad Science Drinks Poll
What kind of drink would you like?
- Tonic water
- Black light
Want your drinks to have a glowing effect on your guests? All you have to do is turn on the black light and serve tonic water. Tonic water glows an eerie blue under a black light because it has quinine in it.
You will be able to see the glowing effect better if you use clear glasses. There is also black light reactive party serveware that you can buy.
Serve tonic water to your guests or mix it with adult beverages. You can also use tonic water to make ice cubes if you don't like the taste of tonic water. Put the ice cubes in a clear beverage and it will still glow. Jello shots can also be made with tonic water instead of regular water so that they will glow.
Spook your guests by telling them it is just a little radioactive experiment you've been fiddling around with.
Glowing Test Tube Slime Experiments
"If you drink much from a bottle marked 'poison' it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later." - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
- Gummy worms or Swedish fish
Gross out your guests by mixing up a batch of slime for them to drink. Collect several jars or small clear glass cups. Baby food jars work well.
Mix up a box of green or yellow Jello. Pour it into the jars. Add gummy worms or Swedish fish and then let the Jello congeal in the fridge.
You can substitute tonic water instead of regular water for a slime that glows under a black light. You can also put in plastic spiders, snakes, or bugs that have been sanitized.
Turn the swamp slime into Jello sliders for an adult party.
Take the jars out of the fridge before the Jello congeals completely if you want a slimier drink.
"It smelled like turpentine, and looked like Indian ink.
I held my nose, I closed my eyes, I took a drink." - Love Potion No. 9
More Mad Science Drink Ideas
- Use a brain mold to create a disgusting brain brew. Freeze fruit juice in a brain mold by turning the mold upside down in the freezer. Be sure to brace the sides of the mold so the juice doesn't spill before it is frozen. Then put the frozen brain in a bowl and pour more punch over it.
- Drop sanitized glow sticks into your punch for a weird glow.
- Use glow sticks to stir drinks or cocktails.
- Freeze clean, plastic bugs in ice and put it into the punch for a grotesque effect.
- Print Halloween labels and glue them to drink bottles so guests can feel like they are being served from the apothecary.
- Fill a clean, non-powdered rubber glove with water and then tie a rubber band around the opening. Freeze the glove and then drop it into the punch.
- Don't forget to serve drinks in clean, unused lab equipment like beakers, flasks, test tubes, or even measuring cups.
"Where is the poison? The battle of wits has begun. It ends when you decide and we both drink, and find out who is right... and who is dead." The Princess Bride
More Awesome Party Drinks
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Drink ideas to make your party spectacular. Find out how to make glowing drinks, fogging drinks, flaming drinks, and Pop Rocks cocktails. Learn how to rim glasses and more.
These make great drink stirrers. Kids can use them to play with like straws.