Letting alcohol go bad may sound like an unforgivable sin to some but before you beat yourself up to much, you might be glad to know there are some ways to put that old drink to good use. Whether it is restoring your old wine to its original splendor or just finding a way to re-purpose it, here are six such ways to keep in mind.
When you open that old bottle of wine and get the distinct smell of sulfur, you probably don’t want to try drinking it. The taste will be impacted in a similar fashion and even though there is nothing inherently wrong with downing that old drink, it still smells terrible. Before you toss it, you might try the old penny trick to help you out. What is the penny trick? Simply add a single penny to a glass of wine (clean it well first) and make sure to move it around nicely. The chemical reaction of the copper and oxygen with the wine should effectively eliminate the odor and taste, restoring it for consumption.
If you prefer not to do the penny trick, you can always just decide to use the wine for cooking. Keep in mind, there is really nothing inherently wrong with that bottle for your health, so mixing it into your favorite dishes will help you to put it to good use. Whether you throw it into your sauce recipe or just mix it in with some of your favorite meats, wine is always a good addition in the kitchen.
Believe it or not, beer is actually a great alternative to using a conditioner in the shower. Shampoo your hair as normal but instead of switching to conditioner, pour out that old can of beer over top your head. Massage it in and wait for a few minutes before rinsing it off. As you may already know, beer actually works well at removing dirt and grease, making your hair both soft and shiny.
Slugs are a common problem in the garden and keeping them away from your prized plants can be a challenge. Well, that is if you don’t have some old beer lying around. It just so happens that slugs are naturally attracted to the fermented yeast in beer. Leaving a little glass of beer out there should effectively result in a collection of dead slugs the next day.
Whiskey is the go-to option for this, but anything over 100-proof should do the trick nicely. When you are having a bonfire but find that one of those cheap old bottles just doesn’t have the flavor you are after, go ahead and use it to soak into some firewood. You’ll get things started more easily and put that disgusting old drink to good use.
For this one, most people recommend using vodka. Put that old alcohol into a little spray bottle and use it to clean glass, counter tops or virtually any other hard surface. Actually, some have suggested vodka is also the perfect way to clean your jeans.