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Smart Drug Cocktails: Drinks With Benefits

This Gin Fizz Might Make You Wiser. Or Drunker.

By Hadley Tomicki ·

You’ve no doubt heard of Moloko Plus and Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, the super drug-enhanced beverages of choice in A Clockwork Orange and A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, respectively.

Today we’re going to teach you how to make a completely non-fictional, smart drug cocktail of your very own.

Nootropics are a category of brain-enhancing chemicals also known as “smart drugs,” currently popular in tech circles. Ranging from the natural (ginko biloba, Lion’s Mane mushrooms) to the hard-to-pronounce (Phenylpiracetam, Methylcobalamin), today’s modern nerd is tinkering with these compounds to try and gain a competitive edge on their fellow entrepreneurs by increasing their own cognitive abilities, energy levels and concentration, among other metabolic assets.

One nootropic we were recently introduced to is called HydroTab, an antioxidant tablet you dissolve in water that increases your intake of molecular hydrogen, conceivably raising your energy levels, giving you greater mental clarity and even reducing hangovers.

So naturally, someone had to mix it with alcohol, famous for its ability to lower energy, decrease mental clarity and cause hangovers.

South Carolina’s Dark Corner Distillery passed us the following recipe. They’ve taken their pot-distilled Jocassee Gin, and created a cocktail using HydroTabs called the Hydro-Gin Fizz. A riff on the traditional gin fizz, right down to the egg white, the tablets provide additional effervescence, while the alcohol brings you a false sense of confidence and maybe a few dumb decisions. 

See whether the two forces balance each other out. Or mutate and give you superhuman strength, by following the steps below:

The Hydro-Gin Fizz

2 oz Jocassee Gin

1 oz lemon juice

1 oz simple syrup

1 egg white

1 oz club soda

2 HydroTab Tablets

Pour club soda in a glass and set aside. Add all remaining ingredients, minus the tablets, to a shaker and shake vigorously for 10 or more seconds (the duration is important to emulsify the egg whites). Add 3 or 4 ice cubes and shake further. Add to glass of club soda, drop in tablets and enjoy.

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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