Turn your drink into an illuminating glow stick

May 12, 2016

What if you could recapture that glow stick fun with just a cocktail and a UV light?

Did you ever play with glow sticks as a child? We all did. But what if you could recapture that illuminating fun with just a cocktail and a UV light? Try this trick out at your next party or even political rally.

According to Popular Science: "Some tasty alcoholic beverages have the ability to glow in a variety of colors. Unlike real glowsticks, however, these only work in the presence of ultraviolet light. Luckily, you can buy a UV LED that's safe to drop in a drink. So no matter who’s got your vote, you can find a cocktail that will glow the right color, add a blacklight, and have a political party.

Democrats might want to stir up some vodka or gin with tonic water, which glows blue. Republicans can get their potables by making oil from fresh mint leaves, which will glow a pinkish-red color in a GOP mojito. Even Green Party supporters are covered: Drinks rich in B-vitamins (such as Red Bull) will glow verdantly under a UV light."

About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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