You probably look at the juice in your pantry every day and think -- yeah, I could make liquor out of that.
Now you can. Spike Your Juice is a new homebrew kit that includes a package of yeast and a cap designed to fit the top of a plastic juice bottle with an airlock and rubber stopper. Over a period of 48 hours, the yeast consumes the sugar in the juice, turning your cranberry juice cocktail ... into ... a cranberry juice cocktail. Six packets and a top are $9.99.
Alcademics has a review of both the process and end result. The finished product sounds like a slightly fizzy, slightly alcoholic drink.
The idea is a bit of a tough sell. It calls to mind Kool-aid wine -- which Fat City wrote about last July -- and the treacly sweet taste of fruit liqueurs.
Also, I have trouble divorcing fruit flavors from MD 20/20. Mad Dog is fortified wine that comes in shocking colors and varieties -- banana red, blue raspberry, key lime pie, kiwi lemon, lemon ice,
orange jubilee, spiked melon, sour apple, strawberry kiwi and
tangerine dream. It's a difficult mix of sugar, coloring and flavors that packs a punch of 15 to 20 percent alcohol by volume. If you're not familiar with it, I am glad for you. If you are, I just hope MD 20/20 is merely an acquaintance and not a regular drinking buddy.
If you're committed to spiking your juice, you might as well Skittle your vodka (pictured in this post). Here's a guide for Skittle-infused vodka -- which as any good roadie could tell you, calls for separating the candies into bowl by color. Your daily recommended consumption of fruit never went down (or came back up) easier.
[Image via Flickr: dave or atox]