THIS is going to be a boring one. You might want to shut the door on this one and go do something infinitely more fun. Like picking flowers. Eating a sloppy sandwich. Folding laundry. 

We’re going to list here all the equipment you might ever probably need for your mixology. You most definitely do not need any of this. You can just drop a few drops of flavor into carrier and see where that takes you. 

We’ll probably include some links later. If you use any to buy from the place we all know that’s the biggest box box-shipper around, you will gifting us minutely small kickback. But we don’t care where you find anything and we want you to enjoy finding the things that suit you best! It’s personal and isn’t this is a journey in you finding yourself in all this?

Ok, enough boring babble and on to the really boring stuff. 

This is gonna include lots of things YOU do NOT need. 

Hood. A laminar flow hood directs flow away from you, and nicely sucks up any fumes you may not want to inhale while working. High concentrations of things can give you a nasty headache. 

Protective gear. You would not want to spill a concentrate of anything toxic upon your body. If you do, know where the shower is and douse yourself. 

Eye wash. Something in reach to get anything out of your eyes quick. The eyewash adapter in the DIY section works on any water bottle. Next level is an eye wash bottle station. A plumbed eye wash station is definitely Next Level. A quick run to the shower can suffice in a pinch. If the water is salinized (salty to your body’s own saltiness), it won’t hurt. Like a Neti Pot, for your eyes. 

Eye protection. Valuable and annoying. Can help prevent the event of having to use previous equipment. Find something cool if you don’t like the standard. 

Gloves. Something that fits your mitts. Keeps chemicals off your hands. Keeps your own beautiful bacterial flora from contaminating your creations. Looks dope. Some like latex, some like vinyl, what’s your thang? 

Spray bottle of Alcohol. Note, of course this is flammable. Don’t light it on fire. Unless you are lighting it on fire because it’s not a spray bottle of alcohol but it’s actually a block heater, a portable safe heat system coming into wider distribution to transient folk, served up by the people who serve them.

Alcohol for the spray bottle. Vodka would be our minimal proof recommendation, at 40%, or 80 proof, for working in your own home, with your own bugs, for yourself. 70%+ aka 140 proof+ is super solid! 

Sprayed alcohol. Spray the alcohol on your gloves and rub your gloves together to disinfect yourself. Aren’t you glad you got that air flowing away from you now? Or, maybe, you like getting very very slowly intoxicated in the weirdest way. We don’t judge here at AiV.

Clean coat. Put this on first. Put your dirty ass phone away. You won’t need that. You’ve already done your calculations, put on the sounds of the rainforest/playlist/auto flip cassette/or fed the band and printed out your stuff, or have your notebook there.

Arm Sleeves. Next put these on. You’ve already got your dope science lenses on riiiiiiiiiiiiight? Don’t make us come over. But if we do come over, we WILL be bringing you hibiscus iced tea and ginger snaps, not even up for discussion. We WILL discuss the iced tea. 

Closed toed shoes.


Little amber bottles.

So very many to choose from! Where will your heart and senses take you today?

What experience do you want to create?

Is it a place in your memory, or a place you would like to go? A coveted aroma or taste?

The fruits are quite strong flavors. I enjoy using them sparingly, at just a few percent. Too much and it does become a bit . . perfumey.

A natural lemon doesn’t do too well at high heat. Sometimes I have to add the tartness without lemon.

Banana is a lovely flavor. Often adding a delightful creaminess with a touch of saltiness to a mix.

I like to creep up with the fruits rather than taper them down. To find that sweet spot where the fruit just shines.

What fruit brings you joy? Is it a sublime strawberry? A sweet pineapple? A tart kiwi?

How a does peach plays with a dab of vanilla?

In my mixing cabinet, I have many many small amber bottles of essences to work and play with. Extracts of curious botanicals and otherwise.

From these small bottles, I can easily collect ideas, bringing down a bottle of a tea or an apple or a passionfruit.

It’s so fun to have a palette of flavors, in small amounts, just to experiment and play with.

If a recipe develops, it will go to the Mushroom Lab, where we can create bottles large and small, based on the recipe of percentages.

More often, most of the creations never see the glowing lights of the Mushroom Lab. They are two-headed despicable oddities that no one wishes to ever see again.

Welcome to the Mix Files

Dear Intrepid Wanderer,

Here you have stumbled upon a place of mixing ramblings . . from our experience.

Feel free to peruse, become inspired, debate and discuss, and above all, enjoy the rascally realm of experimentation!

Please be safe, trust yourself, measure carefully, and attempt any mixing at your own risk.

Please take pleasures in the ups and downs of great mixes and detestable ones.

What better way to spend time than creating something never done before!

With all of our love,

Alice & The Mushroom Gang

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