How to Get the Crystals Out of After Shock

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How to Get the Crystals Out of After Shock
Sugar crystals form in sweet liqueurs like After Shock. (candy sugar image by lefebvre_jonathan from

After Shock is a strong, sweet liqueur. Because it is so full of sugar you often see sugar crystals forming at the bottom of the bottle. Getting these crystals out of the bottle is a simple task and provides a sweet snack. The crystals consist of sugar, not alcohol, so they will not get you intoxicated although they retain a taste of cinnamon.

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Things you need

  • Long flat-headed screwdriver
  • Length of flexible wire

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  1. 1

    Leave your After Shock bottle with the top off for as long as possible. Some of the alcohol and water will evaporate, leading to a more concentrated sugar solution and more crystals. When ready, drain any remaining liqueur.

  2. 2

    Place the bottle into a bowl of hot water up to the neck for a couple of minutes. This softens the crystals where they meet the glass, and they will be looser and easier to dislodge.

  3. 3

    Insert a long flat-headed screwdriver into the bottle and chip off the crystals. Use the wire for the hard-to-reach ones.

  4. 4

    Turn the bottle upside down and shake the crystals out.

Tips and warnings

  • If you simply want to clean the bottle, fill it with hot water and leave until the crystals dissolve. Then pour out the water.
  • Never break the bottle to access the crystals. Broken glass and sugar crystals are hard to distinguish, and you risk internal injury by ingesting broken glass.

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