Exploding cocktails – it’s all in the chemicals

Explosive drinks were all the rage at NPRA this year. Predrag was the first to tell me about the obscenely named cocktails at the “Howl at the Moon” bar on the Riverwalk, where shots glasses of spirits (whiskey, tequila, vodka, bourbon) were dropped into glasses of beer so that the contents exploded into a white froth spilling everywhere.
 
It reminded me of a “science” experiment my son did at school, which involved dropping Mento mints into bottles of Diet Coke. I can’t remember what this was supposed to prove, but it did help make chemistry a bit more appealing.
 
I see on YouTube that the Mentos-and-Coke experiment is well-loved by boys everywhere …
 

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