It’s only been a few weeks and I’m wondering how I lived without either one. But this is a cocktail blog. And I’m sure you’ve all had an earful from some home chef about their Le Creuset, so I’ll spare you my enameled-cast-iron romance novel.
I’m just going to come out and say that “Twist N Sparkle” is a terrible name, and even as a gay man, I can barely stand to say it aloud. Every time I say it I picture myself doing jazz hands and wearing sequined spandex.
That being said, I do think it’s a terrific product. And nobody even paid me to say that!
A few things that convinced me to purchase the Twist N Sparkle (JAZZ HANDS!): You can pretty much carbonate whatever you want (no dairy, but … ew), good reviews on Amazon, a reputable brand, and the fact that I was feeling generous for the holidays.
Upon arrival, I was really pleased with the simplicity of the whole operation. Fill the bottle to the correct line with chilled liquid, put in a CO2 charger then twist… and sparkle (JAZZ HANDS). Oh, then wait for one minute. Then whatever you stuck in the bottle will be carbonated. Easy as that.
I added 1/4 c. ginger syrup (made with half brown sugar and half white) to 2 3/4 c. chilled water and in a few minutes had the most tasty ginger ale ever (also, no corn syrup!).
One morning orange juice sounded boring so I made fizzy orange juice. Delightful.
Lastly, here’s a super easy recipe. It’s very subtle, very fizzy, and only a few tiny calories. Not that I really worry about that. This blog is about alcohol, after all.
(makes 3 cups)
5 six-inch pieces of lemon grass
3 c. water
2 tsp. sugar
Chop 4 of the pieces of lemongrass and add them to a water-tight container with the water and sugar. Shake vigorously until sugar is dissolved. Let sit in the fridge for 12-24 hours. Strain the liquid. Carbonate the liquid according to manufacturers instructions on your carbonator.
Pour over ice and garnish with the remaining lemongrass. I cut one stalk into fourths lengthwise and it gave me a variety of sizes to use as garnish, enough for two or three glasses.
Splash in a little vodka or gin with a squeeze of lemon and you have one fresh and refreshing drink!
I really appreciate all the thought that went into this gift. Thank you, me.