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Last year, the hot cocoa bomb was the trendiest drink around. It was so easy to make, featuring hot cocoa mix and marshmallows placed inside a chocolate mold, that it had tons of people on social media trying it out and creating variations. It even helped fuel a tea bomb trend, although working with the isomalt used to create these pretty spheres required a higher learning curve.
Now, however, there’s another easy version of the bomb that’s perfect for happy hour: cocktail bombs.
It turns out, cocktail bombs are not that new. They’re based on the bath bombs that fizzle when they come into contact with liquid. These bombs are non-alcoholic, making them perfect both for cocktails and mocktails.
You simply pour sparkling water or wine into a glass. Alternatively, you can add the carbonated drink of your choice, along with the alcohol you want to use. Then put the cocktail bomb in for an instant burst of the flavor of your choice.
Cocktail bombs may have originated with the company My Drink Bomb, which has been selling them since 2018. Here’s a TikTok video from the Canadian-based Cocktail Bomb Shop, which opened earlier this year, explaining what they are:
@cocktailbombshopYes, it fizzes just like a bath bomb but it’s edible 🤯 ##ediblebathbomb ##cocktailbombdrop ##cocktailbombshop ##fizzybombs♬ Sex and the City (Main Theme) – TV Sounds Unlimited
And here’s one from cocktail bomb purveyor The Sip n’ Social at @thesipnsocial showing them being thrown into drinks:
@thesipnsocialWho’s trying cocktail bombs this summer?! ##cocktailbomb ##cocktailbombs ##thesipnsocial ##cocktails ##mocktails ##drinkbomb ##toronto ##smallbusines♬ Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg
Newer retailer Bombed Bartender recommends dropping their bombs right into a cocktail shaker to mix with the alcohol of your choice.
@bombedbartenderChanging your summer drink game🥂 ##cocktails ##cocktailbombs ##lifeisgood♬ Butter – 방탄소년단 (BTS)
The fact that the bombs don’t actually have alcohol in them makes them versatile and easy to send as gifts (even across state lines). It turns out, though, that you don’t need to buy these, as it’s easy to create your own cocktail bombs at home. Instagrammer Camille Wilson, also known as @thecocktailsnob_, recently posted how simple this is to do.
“Add some pizzazz to your prosecco this summer with a cocktail bomb! All you need is a sphere ice mold, some juice and a little imagination,” she wrote on Instagram.
You may have the ice molds left over from your hot cocoa bomb obsession. If not, you can buy them from Amazon. The large sphere Glacio molds work well for this, for example. They cost $12.99 and make 2.5-inch ice spheres.
Basically, all you have to do is freeze the cocktail mixer of your choice — like orange juice or pineapple juice or a mix of a few different kinds of juice, or you could even use sorbet — and drop it into your alcohol when it’s time to drink.
This is an easy way to make your summer drink even more fun. Better hurry up, though, school’s starting again and the warm weather will soon be over!