How to Make Drinks Shimmery and Swirly

Here is a way to make your ordinary drinks appear magical. By adding food dye and shimmer color or icing dust, you can create a shimmery swirl in the drink that is wonderful to behold.


  • Beverage of choice
  • Food dye
  • Silver or pearl icing shimmer color or icing dust


  1. 1
    Select your favourite beverage or one that you just want to look pretty. It can be anything from soda to Kool-Aid to a margarita.
  2. 2
    Pick any color food dye. You may need to get icing or fondant color, and you won't need much of it at all.
  3. 3
    Dip the end of a straw in the food dye. Add a tiny amount and stir it in with with your drink.
  4. 4
    Find either silver or pearl icing shimmer color or icing dust. Dip a straw or stirring stick into the liquid to get a tiny amount, and mix into your beverage. Or, add less than an eighth of a teaspoon of dust and stir.
    • You can also use silver or pearl icing mist, but it just ever so slightly effects the flavour. It's not terrible, so if your drink has a good amount of flavor, it shouldn't be noticeable at all, but remember that if you use the icing mist, you must let the drink sit for a little while. When you spray it in, it may splash a bit. When you have enough in, let it sit for about 20 seconds or so, then stir in like normal.
  5. 5
    Serve your magical mystery beverage. Watch your friends accuse you of witchcraft.


  • Wilton's and AmeriColor are very good brands, but you can use whatever brand is your favorite.
  • If you do use the icing mist (the spray on kind), be aware that it contains propellants like butane, and a chemical called ethanol, so you must let the drink sit for a little while before drinking it so that these can evaporate; either way, it may mildly effect the flavor. Use the silver or pearl icing dust or dye so that you don't have to deal with this.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass
  • Straw

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Categories: Drinks