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Video: cocktail expert shows how you can make your own 'whisky pods'

A cocktail expert has created a video showing people how to create their very own 'whisky pods' after Glenlivet's cocktail capsules went viral earlier this month.

Published: October 17, 2019
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Created for London Cocktail Week in partnership with cocktail legend Alex Kratena, the Glenlivet ‘Capsule Collection’ was a limited edition offering of whisky cocktails served in a seaweed-extract casing.

The edible ‘glassless cocktails’ were 23ml in size, described as fully biodegradable and provided what Glenlivet called the “perfect flavour-explosion” experience.

Glenlivet whisky pods

However, a slight misunderstanding about the fact they were a one-off, and the fact that the US is currently recovering from a 'Tidepod' craze, saw a media explosion as news outlets, bloggers and whisky fans across the pond rushed to deride the innovation.

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Accusations ranged from pointing out that Glenlivet could accidentally be targeting children with them, through to purists commenting that it was a quick way for a classic Scotch to cheapen what is perceived as a high value product.

Now that the fuss has died down, the Youtube channel Cocktail Chemistry have created a video showing drinks fans how to create their own.

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Posting with the clip, the team behind the channel wrote: "The internet has a strange fascination with consuming things in pod form, fortunately the tide has turned from laundry detergent to cocktails. Here I discuss the science behind 'reverse spherification', the technique used to create these fun cocktail pods that everyone is talking about."


Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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