1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

Drinking lemon/vanilla/almond extract? Safe?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Ericman197, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. Ericman197


    Feb 23, 2004
    Would drinking the above extracts be safe? It should be, as they're used in food. They're cheap too; lemon extract is $1/ounce and is 84% alcohol. Yet I've never heard of alcoholics drinking the stuff before.

    I don't plan on drinking any of them, as they taste horrible, but my friends are interested in taking shots and I don't think it's safe.

    I'm guessing the alcohol is somehow altered...
  2. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Almost anything is safe, in moderation.

    I wouldn't.
  3. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Shots of (real) vanilla extract wouldn't be very cheap at all.

    Also, all of them would taste terrible. Your friends need better ideas.
  4. FrigginChris


    Feb 6, 2006
  5. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Your burps will taste like that for days, too.
  6. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    London, UK
    It's also safe to drink milk and eat pickles... Thats stuff relaxes you if you know what i mean.
  7. BuffaloMO


    May 26, 2005
    Land of OZ
    I knew an alcoholic back in the 80's that would drink vanilla extract if he ran out of liquor. He died years ago.
  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Yeah, but he still smells like ice cream.
  9. Any drink with more than 50% alcohol is dangerous. And since the vanilla taste is probably synthetic the stuff will probably cause cancer as well (when you use regularly). And it will taste horrendous.
  10. Dangerously delicious!

  11. Ericman197


    Feb 23, 2004
    For those interested, we did it.

    When added to coke, the fizzing ceased. I'm guessing this is because the equilibrium point shifted. The solution also looked cloudy, which is a little weird. I took a sip and it tasted like lemonaide. They each had 1/2 a shot of lemon extract mixed with the coke and we all survived.

    I don't think I would recommend anyone doing this, but lemon extract can be purchased without ID, for what it's worth.
  12. Are you trying to get a buzz drinking that stuff instead of using it for flavor?

    Put a big "L" on your forehead.

  13. Everything Synthentic causes cancer??

    Well I guesse I might as well Start Smoking and using Splenda and drinking Diet coke, everything else man made is going to kill me too.
  14. +1
  15. around here you see drunks with mouthwash...it is not good for you to drink, but you can get drunk off it...i wouldn't do it in a million years though :)
  16. +1
    What IS it about the threads this weekend? Too much time, not enough playing...
  17. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self!

    Jan 25, 2006
    Frederick MD USA
    I used to have a brother-in-law who would do stuff like this. He'd drink vanilla extract, Nyquil, anything that wasn't nailed down. He died at the age of 33, after having been warned that it would happen if he didn't quit. He left a wife and a beautiful young daughter behind.
  18. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
  19. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Scott Zoltok should have been in this thread to pour scorn on the OP. So I'm here doing his job:

  20. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    Kids nowadays.

    What ever happened to paying the homeless bum to buy booze for you?