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Saint Francis DeSales

Glowing Beverage Fun

I meant to do this interesting activity at Halloween, but it passed before I got around to it.

The secret to glowing food is tonic water which has quinine.
It is supposed to glow so much that you can make other drinks, such as Country Time Lemonade with just some tonic water in it (half and half, or even less tonic) and it will still glow. This will cut down on the bitter taste. Some people have even made jello jigglers with them.
We just had fun with it straight.
So, if you would like some simple fun, just turn down the lights, flip on a black light, and grab a bottle of tonic water.
And the science behind it?
There are a lot of everyday materials that fluoresce, or glow, when placed under a black light. A black light gives off highly energetic ultraviolet light. You can't see this part of the spectrum. Fluorescent substances absorb the ultraviolet light and then re-emit it almost instantaneously. Some energy gets lost in the process, so the emitted light has a longer wavelength than the absorbed radiation, which makes this light visible and causes the material to appear to 'glow'.


  1. thank you so much for this great informations !!! good job

  2. Terrific! We have to try it :)

    BTW, we made the submarino(sp?) hot chocolate tonight - and the kids loved it!

  3. Oooo- this would be so great for our camp party nights!

  4. That is way too cool!

    Now, I may be misremembering, but isn't Quinine a poison?

  5. Wow! What an incredible curriculum and plan you have for your children! I am amazed as I perused your blog. You are truly a source of encouragement. To be honest, I even want to do some of these experiments!

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  6. No, Ticia, Quinine is a medicine to treat Malaria.

  7. I've not heard this before. Now I have an excuse to go out and buy some tonic water.

  8. What a great blog full of incredible ideas! I'm a mom to four year old boy/girl twins. We're interest-led learners, but we find a lot of Charlotte Mason ideas that we really like. I'll be sure to check in often to see more ideas.


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