How to Make Glow-in-the-Dark Liquor Bottles

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How to Make Glow-in-the-Dark Liquor Bottles
Make your liquor bottles glow and stand out. (bar image by Dmitry Nikolaev from

Illuminated and glowing liquor bottles are incredibly popular at nightclubs, bars and parties throughout the world. While the rest of the party is dark, the bottles light up and remind everyone what they're there to do. Bartenders often jazz up their service by making their own glowing bottles and mixing cups to impress their customers and get bigger tips. Often, the bottles aren't even glowing in the dark; they are illuminated by black lights or by lights under the caps or on the bottoms of the bottles.

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Things you need

  • Liquor bottles
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint
  • Liquid washing powder
  • Fluorescent highlighters

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    Rinse and clean the bottles you plan to use. If there is still alcohol in the bottle, seal the top carefully to avoid contamination.

  2. 2

    Paint the bottles with glow-in-the-dark paint from your local hobby or craft shop.

  3. 3

    Turn out the lights for the bottles to glow. Depending on the strength and quality of your paint, the bottles will glow for roughly an hour per half-hour of light exposure.

  1. 1

    Empty, rinse and clean the bottles you plan to use.

  2. 2

    Fill the bottle roughly one-third full with washing powder. Not all washing powder glows under black lights, so test your detergent against a black light first. Green liquids like Mountain Dew also work but provide less of a milky glow.

  3. 3

    Cut the tips from several highlighters and dump their contents into the bottle. Make sure not to spill the highlighter fluid on the outside of the bottles--that would make it obvious how the liquids are glowing.

  4. 4

    Fill the rest of the bottle with water.

  5. 5

    Shake or stir the bottle thoroughly and test under a black light until desired effects are achieved. Add more highlighter ink for a more vigorous glow.

Tips and warnings

  • Use different colours so the bottles don't all look alike.
  • If using the glowing liquid method, you'll need to repeat the process every few weeks because the luminescence doesn't always last.
  • Do not serve any alcohol tainted by any products used to make bottles glow in the dark.

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