Layered Soft Drinks

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Introduction: Layered Soft Drinks

My sister taught me how to make these and I thought they were pretty cool, so I decided to make an Instructable on them. 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:

- 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

- 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:
26g
                                                                              Gatorade:
15g

Step 3: Combining the Drinks

- 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)

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45 Comments

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scientist80
scientist80

7 years ago

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

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ArmageddonO
ArmageddonO

Reply 3 years ago

Same here!

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M3G
M3G

Reply 7 years ago

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

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poofrabbit
poofrabbit

7 years ago on Introduction

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

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M3G
M3G

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Thank you very much!

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scientist80
scientist80

7 years ago

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

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M3G
M3G

Reply 7 years ago

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

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M3G
M3G

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Thanks! Please post a picture if you do!

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TREX ZoaR0K
TREX ZoaR0K

7 years ago

Love them thanks for sharing

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boytso_
boytso_

7 years ago

Cool

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mikeasaurus
mikeasaurus

7 years ago on Introduction

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

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M3G
M3G

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Glad you like it!

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oilitright
oilitright

7 years ago on Introduction

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