Here’s a simple method for getting alcohol undetected into places that don’t allow liquor.

It’s especially useful for concerts and festivals at which beverages from outside are permitted.
The surgery you’ll perform on a drinking box, below, is indiscernible even under scrutiny, so the big guy who checks your bag
won’t suspect a thing.

(I’ve heard folks tell of passing a carry-on bag stuffed with these tetra-packs through airport security.
That’s probably illegal, so don’t do it. But the point is, even with that level of scrutiny, no one’s going to realize the drinking box contains a mixed drink.)

The materials you’ll need are:

  • A syringe
  • A glue gun
  • A small knife
  • Tetra-packs of delicious beverage
  • And of course, liquor
You can use any syringe, though you’ll be using it to inject alcohol into the tetra-pack, so larger volume syringes will speed your progress.

I recommend the pictured syringe, a 12 cc curved-tip model.

Lift one corner of the tetra pack using the knife or a fingernail.
Pierce a small hole in the carton with the tip of the knife. Try to put the hole where it will be covered by the center seam
when the carton is reassembled. The hole only needs to be big enough for the tip of the syringe. If it’s too big, the tetra-pack will be hard to re-seal.

Insert the tip of the syringe into the pierced hole, and drain 30ml of liquid from the juice box. (Or you can squeeze the carton and spray juice from the hole, quick and messy like.)

Fill the syringe with your chosen liquor, and inject the liquor into the tetra-pack through the small hole.
Repeat until you’ve replaced the 30ml of extracted juice.
Seal the hole with a dab of glue. Let the glue set before moving on.

It might take a few minutes to set, so if you’re doing several cartons, this is a good time to start the next one.

When the glue has set and sealed the hole, re-fold the carton and glue the corner back down.

It’s OK to use lots of glue. No one will be able to tell, as it dries clear and looks like the adhesive that’s normally used on tetra-packs.

Repeat the whole process as many times as required. 12 is a good number.

You can mix any alcohol with any juice, but some combinations actually make a decent drink:

  • Lemonade and vodka or gin
  • OJ and vodka or schnapps
  • Apple juice and Jack Daniels
  • Fruit juice and rum
  • I’ve even had success with V8, vodka, and tabasco, as a makeshift caesar.

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4 Responses to “Irish Tetra Pack”

  1. Boltoph on January 19th, 2006 at 3:23 pm :

    This is a beautiful thing here. A caesar, eh? We call it a "Bloody Mary" here in the US.

  2. jules on January 25th, 2006 at 7:26 am :

    glad to see I am not the only one that thinks alcohol should be apart of eveyones daily life

  3. Bukovsky on March 19th, 2006 at 12:23 pm :

    Great man, your parents should be pride of you!!
    just a joke I will try it when I’ll need it it.

  4. Lewis B. Sckolnick on March 23rd, 2006 at 6:45 pm :

    In Bishkek we simply get by with a tea set in restaurants where vodka is not on the menu but ‘clear chai" is.