Last Updated on December 31, 2022
A popular new trend, pearl dust in drinks makes for a fun addition to any party. Shimmery and sparkly, it makes for a mesmerizing cocktail. Fortunately, you can make these adorable drinks right in your own home.
Pearl dust is an edible product you can add to food and drinks. It comes in a variety of different colors and makes lustrous highlights with a glitter look. It can easily be brushed onto food or mixed in with your favorite drinks.
How To Make A Pearl Dust Drink
If you want to make a fun drink that looks like a potion, a pearl dust drink is a perfect choice. With only a few simple ingredients, you can create a truly delicious cocktail that is a showstopper. It is a great addition to any party or holiday celebration.
Though these drinks look luxurious and expensive, they are actually quite budget-friendly to make. You can also make them in many stunning colors including green, blue, red, pink, gold, purple and yellow. You can even mix and match colors to create gorgeous sparkling swirls.
Though you can buy shimmery alcoholic drinks at grocery stores, making your own at home allows you to have more freedom in the process. You can choose whatever color you like and also choose your favorite alcoholic drinks to use.
Whether for Halloween, New Year’s Eve, or any party, these shimmery drinks will make a wonderful addition. Your guests will be in awe of how these incredible cocktails look and taste. You can let your imagination run wild with the flavor and color combinations.
What you need
To make sparkling drinks, you will need alcohol, edible pearl dust, and clear glasses. The best types of alcohol to use for these drinks are flavored liqueur or vodka. You can also use wine or other alcohol such as tequila or rum as well.
You definitely want to make sure that you have clear glass. This will best show off your cocktail, allowing the shimmers to be visible.
For the edible pearl dust, a little bit will go a long way. Though the packages of edible dust are quite small, it only takes a small amount to achieve the desired effect in your drink. For more creativity, you can buy several different colors to use.
You can buy luster dust for drinks online or at some grocery stores. There are tons of different color combinations available for you to buy.
Making Your Cocktails
A basic recipe to make shimmery alcohol is using 12 ounces of flavored liqueur mixed with 3/4 teaspoon of edible pearl dust. This gives you a great base to start with that you can then add to wine or soda. You can easily turn your favorite cocktail recipe into a shimmery version.
To make your shimmery alcohol, add 12 ounces of flavored liqueur to a clear glass bottle. Then, add in 3/4 teaspoon of your choice of color of edible pearl dust. Stir the mixture until the pearl dust is fully incorporated.
You can then add the lid to your bottle and keep the mixture for future parties. You may need to re-stir it before using it to make sure the pearl dust hasn’t settled. For best results, use room-temperature alcohol when making your mixture.
Examples of mixtures you can make
For a red shimmery drink: mix 12 ounces of cherry liqueur with 3/4 teaspoon of red dust.
For a pink shimmery drink: mix 12 ounces of pink grapefruit liqueur with 3/4 teaspoon of pink dust.
For a yellow shimmery drink: mix 12 ounces of lemon liqueur with 3/4 teaspoon of yellow dust.
For a blue shimmery drink: mix 12 ounces of blue curacao with 3/4 teaspoon of blue dust.
For a green shimmery drink: mix 12 ounces of sour apple liqueur with 3/4 teaspoon of green dust.
If you are wanting to stick with just one color of edible pearl dust, silver is a great option. You can add it to colored alcohol to make a beautiful mixture.
Making your cocktail
When it’s party type, there are several different cocktails you can make with your shimmery alcohol. A classic option is to mix it with Moscato or sparkling wine.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and then add your shimmery liqueur. Shake the mixture for about 15 seconds. Then pour it into your glass of choice and fill it 3/4 full then top the drink off with your Moscato or sparkling wine.
You can also make many other cocktails such as margaritas, martinis, or anything you would like. You can easily incorporate it into just about any cocktail you would like.
For something fun and unique, you can even take shots of your shimmery liqueur. This is a great way to make any party extra fun and memorable.
If you are wanting a non-alcoholic option, you can add pearl dust to the fruit punch. Make your favorite fruit punch recipe and add 3/4 teaspoon of edible dust for every 12 ounces. Silver is a great color to use, however, you can use any color you like based on your fruit punch recipe.
Can You Use Lemon Juice With Luster Dust?
While lemon extract is the recommended addition to add to your luster dust, I’ve found that lemon juice is just as effective. Just add a few drops of lemon juice along with a small amount of luster dust to a small bowl. Mix well until you reach the consistency you require. Once you have the right consistency, you can use your luster dust as required. Lemon extract and vodka are both great options for mixing with luster dust.
How to Make Pearl Powder at Home?
To make your pearl powder at home, all you need is a small amount of vodka mixed with whichever flavor luster dust you’re using. It is that simple! Luster dust comes in a variety of different colors and is super easy to mix with ingredients like vodka or lemon extract and then add to your drink. Spirdust is one of the most common brands of pearl powder that you can just add straight to your drink and you can pick them up for around $4 or just under $25 for a whole set of 7 colors.
Is Pearl Powder Kosher?
Yes! Spirdust shimmering pearl powder is suitable for a range of dietary lifestyles, including kosher. Other dietary profiles include halal, lactose-free, nut-free, gluten-free, vegetarian-friendly, and vegan-friendly. As well as that, it doesn’t have any flavor and also doesn’t stain your teeth. One small pot of pearl powder is said to be enough to color up to 50 drinks!
Does Pearl Powder Expire?
While most edible products usually have an expiration date, this doesn’t seem to be the case when it comes to pearl powder. As it’s mainly formed of calcium, there doesn’t seem to be a set time on its shelf life. However, it’s best to store it in a cool, dry place; as well as ensure that it does not get wet. If it becomes wet before us, it’ll be unusable.
Does Pearl Powder Contain Mercury?
Pearl powder may contain a small amount of mercury, but it isn’t enough to be considered dangerous. On the whole, pearl powder is considered safe. It just has high levels of calcium, as well as magnesium, amino acids, and other trace materials. You can add pearl powder to your drinks safely.
What Does Pearl Powder Taste Like?
The taste of pearl powder isn’t particularly exciting. In fact, it doesn’t really have any flavor at all. People usually describe it using the words bland, mild and tasteless. Luckily, the way it looks makes up for the lack of taste!
Does Pearl Dust Dissolve?
When you add pearl dust to a liquid, it usually begins to dissolve. However, the higher the alcohol content, the faster the pearl dust will dry. This is why people usually choose to mix it with vodka, or something acidic like lemon extract or juice. You only need a few drops of liquid to mix with your pearl dust to help it dissolve. Then use your pearl dust as required.
Fun And Easy Pearl Dust In Drinks
Edible pearl dust is a great way to create shimmery alcoholic drinks as you see in grocery stores at your own home. The dust is safe to eat and creates a beautiful shiny, glitter effect in beverages. It makes it look like you have created a powerful potion. You can make so many different color combinations including green, blue, yellow, green, and many more.
To make your shimmery drink, you simply need to start with 12 ounces of flavored liqueur, or other alcohol, and 3/4 teaspoon of edible dust. Then, simply mix the two together and you now have your pearl dust drink.
You can add it to mixers such as Moscato, sparkling wine, or even a light, clear soda. If you want, you can also add the dust to the fruit punch to create a non-alcoholic option that is kid-friendly.
Do you have any questions regarding pearl dust in drinks? If so, please ask any questions in the comment section below on how to make these fun, shiny drinks.
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