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Elevate your bartender, mixologist and sommelier skills to the next level with these 33 booze hacks:
- Capsaicin, the chemical that makes peppers hot, is not water-soluble but is alcohol-soluble. Take a swig of vodka to stop the heat.
- Make cheap wine taste expensive by “aerating” it in a blender for 30 seconds.
- Use tube socks to keep your bottles from breaking when traveling with booze.
- Create your own vanilla extract by slicing vanilla beans lengthwise and storing them in a cheap bottle of vodka for a month.
- Don't water down your white wine with ice; use frozen grapes instead.
- Wrap warm beer in a wet towel and put it in the freezer for a quicker chill.
- Forgot the corkscrew? Make one with a metal clothes hanger.
- Pour cheap vodka through a Brita filter to purify it.
- Remove red wine stains from fabric by spraying it vodka.
- Dry wine glasses with a coffee filter to reduce water stains and streaks.
- Pour vodka on poison ivy rash to reduce the itchiness.
- Use a Solo cup to measure your alcohol.
- Add Skittles to your vodka to create fun flavors.
- Add a drop of olive oil to your beer to reduce the foam.
- Brew your own hard apple cider with apple cider and bread yeast.
- Chill your beer in 15 minutes by adding water, salt and ice to a bucket.
- Drink a glass of warm water for each drink you consume to slow intoxication and reduce the chance of hangover.
- Add some shine to your hair by washing it with beer.
- Pour beer on rusty nuts and bolts helps loosen them up.
- When adding ingredients to cocktails, always start with the cheapest first.
- Make your own simple syrup with lime juice and brown sugar.
- Get rid of dandruff by washing your hair with rosemary and vodka.
- Fertilize your plants with old, flat beer.
- Deodorize your cutting board by rubbing it with whiskey.
- Feeling sick? Mix rum or whiskey with honey and lemon to fight cold symptoms.
- Make your own grenadine with pomegranate juice and sugar.
- Forgot the cocktail shaker? Use a mason jar or a water bottle shake it up.
- Use extra chopsticks to stir your cocktails.
- Use a rolling pin as a muddler. Also, crush your ice with a rolling pin and a ziplock bag.
- Take your cocktails to the next level by adding edible flowers to your ice.
- Use tonic water for ice to keep your cocktails tasty.
- Nobody likes cloudy ice. Boil water for clear ice cubes.
- Rub fresh herbs on the rim of your glass to add extra flavors.