Like magic? Like cocktails? Then you’re going to LOVE this VIDEO and Instructions to Make your own
magic potion shimmery liqueur in ANY colour you want, with this neat little trick!
Learn How to make Homemade Shimmery Liqueur (Homemade Viniq)!
Today I’m sharing with you guys a super cool discovery that I made recently! Have you heard of VINIQ before? According to their website, Viniq is a “delicious combination of Premium Vodka, Moscato, Natural Fruit Flavors, and a one-of-a-kind shimmer”! It truly is one of a kind. So much so that it has got to be the most mesmerizing liqueur on the planet right now. All because of that colour and that incredible shimmer! Go on and check it out right here. See what I mean?
Ever since I came across this liqueur in the vodka section in our local liquor store, I am drawn to it like a magnet every time I go there. It comes in a slender, tall bottle with a purple liquid inside (it also comes in yellow and red, but purple seems to be the most common). It’ll look fairly plain at first, but do not be fooled. Just pick it up and give it a shake or two. Magical shimmery swirls will bedazzle you! It’s beyond cool and Mr K has to prod and nudge me away from that bottle every time we go there. 🙂
But what if you don’t have access to Viniq? What if you too could have shimmery liqueur regardless? What if you could replicate that shimmer at home?
I had no idea how Viniq did it before this post, so curiosity and fascination got the better of me and I wanted to figure out how to make shimmery cocktails myself. And I did! 🙂
All you need is one special ingredient – Luster Petal Dust! 🙂 Don’t worry, this is very easy to find in your local cake store or online. I found mine in a local cake equipment and decorating supplies store, but I have also bought some previously from Amazon.
And the best thing about this is that you can make shimmery cocktails in pretty much any colour you want! Viniq is apparently the world’s first shimmery liqueur. But now, for the VERY FIRST TIME – you can make your own homemade Viniq too!
How can I change the colors of the Shimmery liqueur?
You can change the colors of the homemade viniq, simply by changing the color of the luster petal dust. Here are some suggestions for colours.
Gold petal dust – Yellow liqueur (like I’ve done here)
Green petal dust – Green liqueur
Blue petal dust – Blue liqueur
Red petal dust – Dark pink liqueur
Pink petal dust – Pink liqueur
Silver petal dust – Grey liqueur (I wouldn’t recommend using this alone. You’re better off combining it with blue or green that would give a darker colour with a silver sheen. Very cool!)
Pearl petal dust – This dust is pearly and opaque and leaves ONLY the shimmery swirls and no color! It’s perfect if you don’t want to add any color and only want the shimmery swirls.
Note – when you mix two bright colours, you will get beautiful shimmery swirls at first, but eventually the two colours will mix to give you something more dull. For example, when I mix yellow and purple together for a cocktail, I get a beautiful blend of the two at first. But after a little while, it turns into a dull dark yellow. Not good. You do still get the shimmer though. You don’t have to worry about any colour change with just one colour though. It’ll stay beautiful and shimmery throughout (once you shake it!).
Making the shimmery liqueur is easy.
All you need is your favourite flavoured vodka, a simple syrup and petal dust in your favourite colour. 🙂 I used peach flavoured vodka in this recipe, but you can use any flavour you like. Or combine a few to get a more intense, fruitier liqueur.
To make classic Viniq, just mix a fruity, sweet wine, with vodka and luster petal dust. If you want you can add some extra simple syrup to make it sweeter.
How can I make flavored homemade shimmery liqueur?
Did you know you can make COLOR CHANGING SHIMMERY LIQUEUR too?
Thanks to butterfly pea flowers, you can make color changing alcohol or liqueur too! Just infuse the vodka (or gin or tequila) with butterfly pea flowers and proceed to make the liqueur by adding some simple syrup!
You can make cocktails like this The Phoenix Cocktail!
How and why it works?
I have tried this luster petal dust trick with a few other liquids to see if I can replicate the same effect that I see with alcohol. I used it with water, apple juice, oil and golden syrup. From what I have noticed, the viscosity and density of the solution seem to be the main reasons for this shimmering effect. Liquids with high viscosity and less density than water like alcohol and oil (not that you’re ever going to drink oil, but I just wanted to test my hypothesis) work really well because those two properties enable the kind of light refraction you need, to see that beautiful shimmery effect. And the moment I add water to dilute these two solutions, I can see how it sort of breaks up the shimmers because it changes the viscosity/density. On the other hand, golden syrup (which is more dense and more viscous than water) gave me an intermediate effect. So to sum up, while all the liquids I tested produced some shimmery effect, alcohol produced the most desirable shimmers.
Cocktails that use this Shimmery Liqueur
You can only imagine how much fun I had with this! I mean think of all the applications? You can turn your martini or margarita or any clear drink into a legit magic potion! Like I did with this cocktail earlier this week, which I call The Witch’s Heart! 🙂 A Halloween favorite on the blog!
Or make this Unicorn blood cocktail (A Peach and Raspberry Cocktail)! It’s red, it’s gold and it sparkles. Blame it on the spirit of Halloween baby! 🙂 So go on, get that recipe now.
Color Changing Shimmery – The Phoenix Cocktail
Or this simple and easy Gold Shimmery Champagne Cocktail that’s PERFECT for special occasion or as a New Years Cocktail!
Now that you know how to make shimmery liqueur, what would you do first?
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How to make Shimmery Liqueur (like Viniq)
- 1 cup of flavoured vodka or a combination of flavoured vodkas
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup of simple syrup add more or less, according to your preference
- A little less than 1/4 tsp of petal luster dust in your favourite colour (I used gold)
- Mix the vodka and simple syrup until well combined.
- Stir in the petal luster dust.
- Swirl the liqueur just before use, as the luster dust will settle to the bottom after a while.
- Chill until needed.
Tips & Tricks
- Try not to use too much shimmery luster dust. Some luster dust is marked as edible, and some are marked as non toxic.
- I try not use more than 1/4 tsp per cup of liqueuror spirit (vodka, tequila or gin). Just enough to give it a shimmer and light swirls. If needed I might add just a pinch more to a drink after I've made it.
- Adding a teaspoon or more of the luster dust PER DRINK is not advised, so only add just enough to create swirls in a CLEAR cocktail (which will show the best results).