Why the Mind Eraser Tastes How It Tastes (Chemically)

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It is a drink known as the Mind Eraser. But does this beverage actually make you outright forget your memories of the night? Certainly any alcoholic beverage not taken in moderation can do that. The Mind Eraser most likely earns its ominous name from the head rush sensation one commonly experiences after having one. It is considered neither a shot nor a cocktail but rather a shooting drink. We take a closer look at the ingredients that go into creating this unique beverage.

The ingredients of the Mind Eraser are 1 part Kahlua, 1 part Absolut Vodka and 1 part club soda combined in a thin glass, like a highball glass, and served over ice with a straw. Let’s look further into the components of those ingredients. The Mexican liqueur Kahlua is composed of Arabica coffee, sugarcane rum, corn syrup and vanilla bean. Absolut Vodka is made up of wheat, enzymes, yeast (S. Cerevisiae) and water that’s fermented and then distilled hundreds of times. Club soda is made from water with dissolved carbon dioxide gas, which yields carbonic acid. In addition, club soda may also contain either of the following: sodium citrate, sodium bicarbonate, potassium citrate, potassium bicarbonate, potassium sulfate or disodium phosphate. These additives may give the club soda its slightly tart taste.

It is important that the ingredients are not mixed but rather poured together as separate layers. The Kahlua has the most sugar and is the densest of the three fluids. It should be poured first, as this heavier concoction will ultimately end up at the bottom of the glass anyway. Next, pour in the vodka. Vodka is lighter in consistency and will float on top of the liqueur. Finally, top off with the club soda; its carbonation makes it the lightest of our beverages.

The best way to drink a Mind Eraser is with a straw positioned at the bottom in the Kahlua layer. As we mentioned, this is a shooting drink, which means it is intended to be taken down in one gulp. The sugary flavor of this mixture will immediately mask the bold taste of the 80-proof vodka. As you finish sucking down the last of the drink with the club soda, you may feel a slight head rush from the cold, carbonated liquid. After your head rush dissipates, the alcohols should begin to take hold from being quickly ingested.

It’s about time you experience this cornucopia of flavors in the Mind Eraser for yourself. We urge you to drink responsibly and in moderation to avoid any lapses in memory.