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12/16/2014 09:38 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How To Make 'Magical' Cocktails That'll Convince Your Friends You're A Mixologist

You don't need a blow torch, a breathalyzer or a $460,000 bottle of whiskey to impress your friends with some boozy wizardry. All you need is some vodka, a shaker and a couple of unexpected ingredients (like cabbage juice and baking soda) to make magic happen. Check out these three recipes anyone can do at home, courtesy of Absolut.

Manifest an icy ball into a delicious, drinkable aperitif.

For your opening act, impress your guests by transforming an orange marble (or so you'll tell them) into a cocktail. You'll need an ice sphere mold (like one of these), a flavor injector, vodka and some orange juice to make this mystifying beauty. Find the instructions here.

Woo the crowd with a color-changing cocktail.

For this next trick, you'll need something a little funky -- red cabbage juice. According to the folks over at Absolut, "Red cabbage juice can be used as an indicator –- it turns shades of red when mixed with an acid (in our recipe, the lemon juice) and shades of blue when mixed with bases (the baking soda)." Here's how to make it. When crafted properly, the cocktail won't taste like cabbage, it'll just look really bad ass. Find the instructions here.

Make everyone wish they paid more attention in chemistry.

To end the show, and to leave your audience members with their mouths agape -- which is good, because someone's got to drink these -- have a go at this bright, melon-y drink that defies gravity. To get this layered look, you'll need both melon and cream liqueur, along with some vodka. A spoon and a careful, steady pour will help you achieve this show-stopping sight. Find the instructions here.

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