Gin Or Vodka ?? Which To Use?

Decorating By TheCakeShak Updated 19 Nov 2005 , 10:37pm by alimonkey

TheCakeShak Posted 15 Nov 2005 , 7:37pm
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Hello Everyone... I have a question..when using luster dust, and you want to get that really really nice "effect" look of the flower or cutout,,which is better to use? Mixing the luster dust with a small amount of Gin or Vodka..I have seen where it makes the color's really stand out...Is this true?

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JoAnnB Posted 15 Nov 2005 , 8:28pm
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Either alcohol works, but the higher the alcohol percentage, the faster it will evaporate so the application will dry. A small amount will turn your dusts into a "paint" that will apply differently than it does as a powder.

cakefairy18 Posted 15 Nov 2005 , 11:35pm
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i can't really answer your question b/c i've never done it...but

your post made me crave penne alla vodka..and now i have to go make me some icon_razz.gif

TexasSugar Posted 16 Nov 2005 , 3:29am
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Everclear, Gin, Vodka... in that order. Everclear has the higher alcohol content and will will dry the fastest.

BlakesCakes Posted 16 Nov 2005 , 5:28am
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I prefer a good quality lemon extract (the box/bottle should cite 80%+ alcohol content). The little bit of oil in it not only helps keep the mixture of luster dust and liquid smoother but it also (I think) helps maintain the shine better.

My .02

Sory Posted 16 Nov 2005 , 5:43am
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Hi, crashdummy2. We (CC members) use different stuff and they all seem to work good, so it`s up to you, either one it`s okay. I normally use vodka and they come out nice.
Good Luck!! thumbs_up.gif

TheCakeShak Posted 16 Nov 2005 , 7:50pm
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icon_wink.gif ok,,,thanks everyone....I will probably give both or all a try, since I went to the store yesterday and bought, lemon juice, gin and vodka......As soon as I make some flowers and stuff,,I will post......"I've just been so dang busy!!"" I just hope this month will be a good one,,October was a really really bad time and month......

Thanks again!!!!!!! thumbs_up.gifusaribbon.gifusaribbon.gif

MrsMissey Posted 16 Nov 2005 , 7:59pm
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I use lemon extract...I don't get the "watery" effect that I've gotten with the Gin/Vodka!

BlakesCakes Posted 16 Nov 2005 , 11:01pm
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Whoa!!!!! just to clarify--LEMON EXTRACT not lemon juice! The juice will not work at all. The extract comes in small bottles and found in the spice area of the grocery store.

Have fun & good luck!

TheCakeShak Posted 17 Nov 2005 , 9:30pm
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icon_eek.gif oops!!!!!! Thanks there Blakescakes......I will definitely go back and get the Lemon Extract!! Thanks........

vicky Posted 18 Nov 2005 , 4:59pm
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I used the vodka because for some reason, I can't find the everclear in St. Louis anymore??? After drying, I steamed the flowers and the colors became more vibrant!!
Vicky, MO

alimonkey Posted 18 Nov 2005 , 9:54pm
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I'm going to have to be a "NO" vote on the gin. It has a very distinct flavor of juniper berries that some people just don't like, and while it may not come through, there's also a chance that it will. I'd stick with vodka. Then you can have a bloody mary after you've stayed up all night finishing your cake. icon_biggrin.gif

mommykicksbutt Posted 19 Nov 2005 , 12:52am
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EverClear! the 180-190 proof stuff, that means it's 90-95% alcohol. Vodka and gin are what 40-60 proof max? That means they are only 20-30% alcohol. The dust will dissolve better in a higher alcohol concentration and the liquid will evaporate faster too (not as much water in EverClear - only 5-10% in comparison to 70-80% vodka/gin).

alimonkey Posted 19 Nov 2005 , 5:19am
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Gin and vodka are 80 proof min and sometimes higher, but yes, everclear wins hands down for alcohol by percent.

mommykicksbutt Posted 19 Nov 2005 , 5:08pm
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Thanks alimonkey of the "proof" proof. So 80 proof is 40% alcohol. I'm still sticking with the moonshine.

alimonkey Posted 19 Nov 2005 , 10:37pm
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All you teetotallers cover your eyes here...
The only reason I stick with vodka is that we always have some in the house so I don't have to take up any extra room in my already overflowing liquor cabinet. Also we had a martini party this summer and EVERYBODY brought a bottle of vodka so I'm well stocked for at least a year. icon_biggrin.gif

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