Active Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 4 Hours
10-18 Glowing Cocktail Pods
In a container place all the ingredients for a cocktail listed above. If you are making multiple cocktail flavors we suggest using different types of shimmer dust. This way you can decipher which ones are which once frozen and or spherified.
Mix all the ingredients until the calcium has fully dissolved into the cocktail. It is okay if the carbonation is released from the tonic water.
Pour the cocktail into a silicone mold or an ice cube tray. This all depends on the size of sphere you are looking to create.
While the pods are freezing, mix the distilled water and perfected sodium alginate together with a whisk and allow it to hydrate for at least 1 hour before use. You will know this is ready to use because it will be completely clear.
Once the spheres are frozen solid. pour the perfected sodium alginate solution in a small shallow pot and heat to 120-130°F.
Drop a frozen sphere into the Perfected sodium alginate solution, and let set for 2-3 minutes.
Do not over crowd the pot, placing the pods too close together will cause them to gel together.
If the cocktail pod floats, do your best to baste the top gently with the sodium alginate solution to make sure it gels evenly.
If there is a small air bubble do not try to pop it or you could ruin the entire pod.
Once finished remove the pod from the solution with a spherification spoon and rinse in room temperature freshwater.
Remove from the rinse water and dab any excess water off the bottom of the spoon with a paper towel.
To display and serve the spheres place them on or under a black light.
The UV light is absorbed by the quinine in the tonic water and makes them glow a bright blue.
To store the spheres for further use, simply place them in a container with any excess cocktail mixture and refrigerate.