Specimen Cocktails

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Got unexpected guests at your laboratory?
You want to feast them but the pantry is empty?
Be generous and take one of your wet specimen glasses out of the shelf and pop it open to cheer up your folks and get them tipsy at your cozy laboratory...

Follow me step by step to the preservation lab to show you the genesis of this drink. Don't be scared - all parts of this drink are food save and eat/drinkable. You can make a alcoholic mixture as well as a non-alcoholic concoction.

Wikipedia defines: "A zoological specimen is an animal or part of an animal preserved for scientific use. Various uses are : to verify the identity of a (species), to allow study, increase public knowledge of zoology."
I would like to add: "A homemade wet specimen is beneficial to contribute a decorative drink for your halloween party"

I want to credit caitlinsdad and DotatDabbled here.
Their instructables and were a huge inspiration for me. Thank you!


If you happen to own a real specimen you might already know: To drink the liquid of a real wet specimen is highly toxic due to the added Formaldehyde. Never ever drink the liquid of a real wet specimen!

And don't burn yourself with the hot water in steps 4 and 5
And don't cut yourself in step 4
And don't serve alcohol to kids

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doodlecraft8 months ago

Wow, creepy and cool! :)

spunk (author)  doodlecraft7 months ago

Thank you! This ible was a lot of fun ;)

Mmm... Diabolically Delicious!
AMAZING! This is even a great school lab prank or college prank! I must do this, I LOVE IT!
spunk (author)  atomiclizard1 year ago
You're right, there is quite some prankability in these glasses : )

But promise you will tell your victim (and the spectators) afterwards about the toxic content of real specimen. And command them to only sip at homemade ones!
love love it
I only wish I could vote more than once. *sigh* This is a definite Halloween contest winner, good luck!
Numbo1 year ago
Looks like FSM larva...
spunk (author)  Numbo1 year ago
Flying Spaghetti Monster?
qdant1 year ago
I've been on Instructables years and this has to be one of the funniest/best I've seen
Super detailed instructions - thanks for posting
spunk (author)  qdant1 year ago
You comment puts me in instant high spirits : )
Spokehedz1 year ago
This is the most evil thing I have ever seen. Kudos, bravo, and oh my god you are a GENIUS.
Very nice! Does the animal eventually dissolve? Does it need to be kept cold? Does it impart any taste to the drinks? I would love to try this! And I am definitely going to try making embryos!
spunk (author)  Welsh Dragonfly1 year ago
It is basically bubble tea - I wouldn't prepare it more than one day in advance and keep it cool till serving. The next day the "skin" of the animal feels a little slippery but it doesn't dissolve.
I didn't recognize any changes in taste...

(BTW I kept my test batches about one week in the tea water, uncooled. They still looked fine after one week although the water became a little cloudy and the animals surfaces started to deteriorate very slightly. So as a decoration they work fine for a week - But of course you can't serve those!!!)

I would love to see your version!
Thanks! My son loves bubble tea, and that makes sense once you explained it. I am not an artist, but I will try some embryos and maybe a hagfish. I am trying to remember all those wonderful disgusting things we had on the shelves in biology class! This was a great instructables!
I wish this one had come out before Halloween! Well, there's always next year.

When we were in my wife's hometown in China, we visited a liquor shop that sold moonshine from various villages around the province. (Each one was supposed to have unique health giving properties) He also had very decorative bottles of 120 proof liquor that had snakes, lizards, fish and herbs.
spunk (author)  Hooknbullet1 year ago
I 'll have to search for the health properties of axolotls. This would add another topic to the conversation suggestions in step 8! : )
There's a similar species in the Ohio river valley called Hellbenders. They have no health giving properties. Their bite is mildly poisonous, and they can take your fingers off.

Fishermen catch them by accident. It's best to cut your line and hope they aren't too angry.
spunk (author)  Hooknbullet1 year ago
This sounds so perfect for halloween.

A hellbender specimen cocktail!
Instead of worms -> serve fishermen fingertips!

I'm exited!
Okay, this one is kinda creepy...creepy cool. How do you pronounce axolotls anyway? They must have turned off the ventilator fans in the lab when you dreamt this one up.

All vowels had the hard sound.
spunk (author)  caitlinsdad1 year ago
I'll go for superpowersalamander as I know nothing about english pronunciation...
But I feel highly honored by your words, dear master of blood-curdling foods!

laxap1 year ago
Wow brilliant! What about one of these failed Ripley clones?
spunk (author)  laxap1 year ago
Nice idea!
But actually I think I wouldn't be able to form such a detailed specimen. Due to my lacking sculpting skills and because this dough isn't as nice as clay or play dough to work with. It is a little hard to tame and has a tendency to break / brittle.
Potentially a great way to get one's roomates to stop drinking one's booze. Love this idea..
Stone_UFO1 year ago
this is crazed! so cool
northwest1 year ago
Best instructable ever. I loved that idea!
wazzup1051 year ago
Disgusting ... I love it :)
spunk (author)  wazzup1051 year ago
I'd rather call it Scientific : )
pjkumpon1 year ago
Ohh man. this is amazing... and very well written. I cannot wait to do this for our Halloween party next year. Thanks for taking the time to post it.
spunk (author)  pjkumpon1 year ago
I know, I posted this too late to be useful for this years Halloween...
... at least now you've got one year time to train and experiment with the recipe : )
cfaber1 year ago
This is one of the most creative presentations and decorations for a party I've ever seen! I also really like that you give alternate suggestions.
spunk (author)  cfaber1 year ago
Thank You!
SnazzyBot1 year ago
Nice job! Your English was quite good. The only potentially confusing thing I noticed was that a lot of people know linseeds as "flax seeds". :)
spunk (author)  SnazzyBot1 year ago
Thank you for helping!
I'll change it