Introduction: Layered Soft Drinks

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My sister taught me how to make these and I thought they were pretty cool, so I decided to make an Instructable on them. Thanks sis! They look awesome and kids love them. Bonus; you don't have to settle for one flavour of drink.

Thanks to everyone who voted for me in the Play With Your Food Contest!

Step 1: What You Need:

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- Different coloured drinks with different sugar contents; I will cover this more in the next step (to make the red, white and blue drink I used cranberry juice, Brisk lemonade, and Cool Blue Gatorade)
- A glass
- Ice cubes (the smaller the cubes the better, I found)

Step 2: Selecting the Drinks

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- For this to work properly, you need to select at least 2 drinks with different sugar contents. The amount of sugar in the drink affects its density; The more sugary a drink, the more dense it is. This means that the beverage with the most sugar will form the bottom layer of the drink. I found this really helpful; it lists the sugar content of most soft drinks.
- Find out the sugar content of each drink per 250ml (about 8oz). You need a difference of around 10g of sugar between each drink; the greater the difference the better.
- Here's the sugar content of my drinks per 250ml: cranberry juice:33g
                                                                              Brisk lemonade:

Step 3: Combining the Drinks

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- Fill your glass with ice cubes; the smaller the cubes, the better.
- Fill about 1/3 of the glass with the drink with the highest sugar content (cranberry juice).
- Wait for the first drink to settle, then pour the drink with the second highest sugar content (Brisk lemonade) into the glass until it is about 2/3 full.
- Fill the remaining 1/3 of the glass with the drink with the lowest sugar content (Gatorade).
- The layers should be floating on top of each other, not mixing with each other at all or barely mixing.
- Experiment with other drinks! I would love to see what you can come up with.

(The blue and green layered drink is Mountain Dew for the bottom half and Gatorade for the top half)


scientist80 (author)2013-09-06

I tried again with the right stuff...I told my friends but somehow I'm the only one that thinks this is the coolest thing ever. tried grape juice, brisk, and blue gatorade

ArmageddonO (author)scientist802017-09-05

Same here!

M3G (author)scientist802013-09-06

Well, I agree with you; it is awesome. I'm glad it worked for you!

_jackie_23 (author)2015-09-25

This is cool, imma try it!!

cassie4life made it! (author)2015-07-26


poofrabbit (author)2013-09-17

Congratulations on your runner up prize win in the play with you food contest!

M3G (author)poofrabbit2013-09-17

Thank you very much!

scientist80 (author)2013-08-23

Well I did lemonade and oj it worked but I can barely see it. would not recommend :-(. btw. ;-) thanks ill try with better stuff

M3G (author)scientist802013-08-23

Yeah, unfortunately those are too close in colour. Good luck next time! (Try orange fanta and blue Gatorade)

JonnyBGood (author)2013-08-20

This is something I must try. Great job!

M3G (author)JonnyBGood2013-08-20

Thanks! Please post a picture if you do!

TREX ZoaR0K (author)2013-08-17

Love them thanks for sharing

M3G (author)TREX ZoaR0K2013-08-19

No problem!

boytso_ (author)2013-08-18


mikeasaurus (author)2013-08-16

I love layered everything: Lasagna, tiramisu, Photoshop...and now I can do soft drinks!

M3G (author)mikeasaurus2013-08-16

Glad you like it!

oilitright (author)2013-08-16

Thank you for this. I used this technique at a party and it went over real big. I too poured over the back of a spoon which 'floats" the soda and made for more distinct layers

porcupinemamma (author)2013-08-16

Way cool! :0)!!

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MireSlavejkov (author)2013-08-16

Nice one. One helpful tip. It helps putting a spoon at the side of the glass and pouring the liquid over it. Prevents mixing a little bit thus creating more visible line between layers. One more thing is, the dry matter contents also affects the density, not only sugar. So pay attention to that as well.

M3G (author)MireSlavejkov2013-08-16

I didn't know that, thanks for the tips!

decaffeinated (author)2013-08-16

do you think it will be bad for your health to drink 3 different types of drink at the same time?

M3G (author)decaffeinated2013-08-16

Probably not.

AuutmnLavina (author)2013-08-15

This is going to be great at Halloween for Bloody Tonics! (Juice and 7-up)

Chopper Rob (author)2013-08-15

If you shake (or stir) the beverage will it separate back to the original colors?

M3G (author)Chopper Rob2013-08-15

I don't know, I didn't try. I think it would probably mix together.

nanaverm (author)2013-08-15

I take it that the drinks were at room temperature and not chilled first?

M3G (author)nanaverm2013-08-15


M3G (author)2013-08-15

The Gatorade was 21g per 355ml, not 250ml. It is true that the difference between the lemonade and cranberry was only 7g, but I said a difference was needed because the greater the difference the better.

hansenmarj (author)2013-08-15

Fun idea. Thanks for posting. Have you tried making ice cubes of the 3 drinks and layering them first them adding the corresponding drinks? I'm thinking it might accent the layers.

M3G (author)hansenmarj2013-08-15

I haven't, but that sounds like a great idea! I'll have to try it.

BUCK2dFuture (author)2013-08-15

this is so cool.. my kids would love to see me create these.. thanks!

M3G (author)BUCK2dFuture2013-08-15

No problem!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2013-08-15

Looks cool! voted :)

M3G (author)Muhaiminah Faiz2013-08-15

Thank you!

deneasta (author)2013-08-15

Cool Idea

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TheMrCOOLguy2 (author)2013-08-14

Awsome Got to try it

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-08-14

Love when drinks are presented like this! I was just on vacation and at the resort they had a layered drink that looked like a rainbow!

M3G (author)Penolopy Bulnick2013-08-14

Wow, that must have been difficult to make!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)M3G2013-08-14

That's what I would think! They made it seem easy, but they do do it over and over again all day :)

806-Queen (author)2013-08-14

brilliant! thank u.

M3G (author)806-Queen2013-08-14

No problem!

806-Queen (author)2013-08-14

brilliant! thank u.

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