Carbonating cocktails with Twist 'n Sparkle

Carbonating cocktails is definitely nothing new, the technique has been around for quite a while. Nevertheless, I felt the time was right to invest in a Twist 'n Sparkle for some experiments on my own. At least since I've been informed that in spite of the US recall of the product earlier this year, it's safe to use the ones sold in Europe since they're from a different production run.

The Twist 'n Sparkle is much more convenient than for example a Sodastream - it saves kitchen space and the 8g CO2 chargers are cheap and easy to find. The only downside for carbonating cocktails, to my knowledge, is the fact that you need to fill the bottle up to approximately 720 ml - which equals 6-8 cocktails. This might not be an issue in a bar or at a party, but if you're by yourself and not keen on drinking the whole batch at once, you need to consider bottling. In that case, it's useful to have empty suitable bottles, bottle caps and a bottle capper.

Carbonated Mai Tais in the making

After having carbonated water a few times with perfect result, I decided it was time to try carbonating a cocktail. I had read about Martin Cate's Sparkling Mai Tai but not carbonated Mai Tai, and as Trader Vic's original drink is one of my favourites, it was an easy decision.

180 ml Appleton V/X Jamaica rum
180 ml Rhum Saint-James des Plantations
180 ml strained fresh lime juice
90 ml Stiernan Curacao Orange
45 ml Monin orgeat syrup
45 ml simple syrup (1:1)

Carbonated and bottled Mai Tais
Apparently, the liquids shouldn't contain any fruit pulp, so I strained the lime juice. According to the manual, the carbonation process works better on cold liquids, so I poured the ingredients for six Mai Tais into the bottle and put it in the fridge for one hour. Then I added the CO2, and let the Twist 'n Sparkle to its thing, voilà! One minute later, the Mai Tai was ready to be bottled - and tasted, of course.

As the drink hasn't been diluted by shaking with ice, the flavours are more concentrated. However, the addition of fizz makes it a very tasty and refreshing variation of a fantastic drink - highly recommended! Unfortunately, the bottle caps I had bought were too large for the 100 ml Sanbitter bottles, so in the end I had to use the original caps. Note to self: find better bottles for future experiments. So, where to go from here?

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