Whipahol "Whipped Lightning": Alcoholic Whipped Cream Taste Test

06/13/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The makers of Whipped Lightning market their "Whipahol" for a slightly less depraved use, namely as an inventive novelty shot-topper, helpfully including a bevy of complicated recipes for shooters, martinis, coffee drinks, and "drinkserts" on the product's website. ...

Since Whipped Lightning isn't considered a food product and therefore isn't subject to FDA labeling requirements, it's unclear how much actual cream it contains--but the fact that it isn't considered a food product and that it doesn't need to be refrigerated should indicate that there isn't much. Consequently, the portmanteau Whipahol should be interpreted as "whipped alcohol," not "alcoholic whipped cream"; this is basically alcoholic foam, not nearly rich or substantial enough to stand alongside the Reddi- and Cool whips of the world. While the structural integrity varied from flavor to flavor, none of the Whipahols were dense enough to create the luscious, fluffy mound of deliciousness that the term "whipped cream" evokes. So if you're looking for a way to spice up the ol' whipped-cream-bikini trick, Whipped Lightning may not be the best candidate. You know what Whipped Lightning is really good for, though? Topping off sticky-sweet shots.

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