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"Seems like a waste of good coffee, though."

Beverages were made to hydrate, and many beverages were made to taste good, put us to sleep (e.g. warm milk), wake us up, or make us drunk. However, this trope is when a character uses their beverage for something besides drinking.

Maybe they're using it as a weapon. Perhaps a magical enemy can be killed from being soaked (see Kill It with Water if it's water) or just hates getting wet, or maybe a burst of soda is used to knock someone over.

They could also be using it to wash something, maybe even to wash themselves. Bathing in alcohol might suggest someone is The Alcoholic or very rich. They might also be using the drink to "christen" something or give it a libation. High-potency booze might be used to degrease an engine or strip paint. A Back-Alley Doctor might sterilize his scalpel with whiskey.

In cowboy movies, bottles might be thrown over people's heads during a Bar Brawl unless the bartender has hidden the breakables.

And, of course, a drink could come in handy in putting out a fire— unless it's very strong alcohol, which would make it worse. Water bottles and glasses are also useful to use as emergency fish tanks for when a goldfish is in peril.

However, these are just some of many uses. Any use of a beverage besides drinking fits here. Important: Only include water if it was already intended for drinking (e.g. in a glass, a drinking fountain, etc). Alcohol Is Gasoline, Drench Celebration, Heal It with Booze, and Soda-Candy 'Splosion are subtropes. Can overlap with Booze Flamethrower, Intentional Mess Making, and Water Guns and Balloons. Compare Grievous Bottley Harm, Molotov Cocktail, and Unconventional Food Usage. Tomato Skunk Stink Cure falls into this trope if it's tomato juice, but under Unconventional Food Usage if it's tomato soup. Can overlap with Gargle Blaster if used as a weapon.


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  • This is the premise of one campaign for the Orangina soft drink parodying other kinds of commercials, in which the spokesanimals use the drink in the place of aftershave, perfume, mouthwash, soap, zit cream, etc.

    Comic Books 
  • Chew: Some powers are explicitly drink based, such as the Mixosecerner's ability to make drinks that act as truth serums, the Effervinductor's ability to control his victim's minds through espresso foam, and the Vectulactirutare's sour milk based death burps.
  • Mickey Mouse Comic Universe: A story arc in a Mickey Mouse comic had a time traveler from the future attempting to neutralize Goofy because his formula for eggplant-flavored soda can serve as a powerful fuel source. It ends up being terminally depended on by society, making whoever holds the recipe defacto ruler by ransoming it.
  • Tintin: At the end of Prisoners of the Sun, Captain Haddock fills his mouth with water from a drinking fountain and spits it out on a llama's face, as revenge for all the llamas who spat on him earlier in the story.

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    Film — Animation 
  • The Adventures of Tintin (2011):
  • In Beauty and the Beast, Chip and his siblings pour hot tea on the Beast's attempted murderers as an attack.
  • Chicken Little: During the "One Little Slip" scene, Chicken Little uses soda from a soda bottle to rocket himself up to the window of the school. This becomes a Chekhov's Gun when he uses a carbonated soda bottle to fly up to the bell tower to warn the townspeople of the aliens.
  • In Fantastic Mr. Fox:
    • A man uses his cup of tea to douse a fire.
    • Farmer Bean tries to drown the fox family with cider, but they and their friends end up being washed into the sewer instead.
  • In Frankenweenie, Toshaki and Bob try to make a jetpack using shaken-up bottles of soda. Unfortunately, it only works for a little bit and Bob breaks his arm.
  • Home (2015): When Oh upgrades Tip's mother's car, it is renamed Slushious, because he uses bits of a slushie advertisement to do it. True to its name, it uses slushies as fuel.
  • In Up, it's mentioned that Carl Fredricksen poured prune juice in somebody's gas tank as a prank.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In Annie (1982), Miss Hannigan is seen pouring gin into her bath, likely a reference to "bathtub gin", a way that people used to make alcohol during prohibition. Annie is set just before the end of that era.
  • Back to the Future:
    • In an early draft, the time machine is powered by Coca-Cola; the stated logic being, since nobody knows the ingredients, it's essentially a scientific x-factor.
    • When Doc shows up at the end, he powers the DeLorean's Mr. Fusion with a bunch of trash he finds rummaging in the McFly trash can, including a partially-full can of beer, which he pours into Mr. Fusion then drops the can in as well.
  • In Billy Madison, Billy puts water from the drinking fountain on the front of his pants to pretend he wet himself and that it's cool to do so, in order to cheer up a boy named Ernie, who did wet himself.
  • In E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, while Playing Sick, Elliott uses a can of cola to pretend to throw up on the phone.
  • Freddy vs. Jason: A character throws some booze at Jason and then uses a torch to set him on fire.
  • Fresh Meat: When Gigi is fighting with Officer Lance Nisbet, Rina repeatedly tosses the contents of a bottle of milk in her face, before explaining it is an antidote for the pepper spray she had been hit with.
  • Furry Vengeance: At one point, Dan ends up having to bathe in tomato juice after several skunks spray him.
  • Gods Comedy: The main character, a designer of ice cream, convinces young women to take baths in milk to fulfill his perverse desires.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: After capturing Baby Groot to make him their mascot, the Ravagers spray him with alcohol to humiliate him.
  • Idiocracy: The Stupid Future People of Year 2505 America water their crops with Brawndo sports drink, never mind that's killing their crops, literally salting the earth, and driving the country into a dust bowl.
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  • In The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, when Dorian Gray's home is invaded by agents of the Big Bad, Skinner - the invisible man - splashes scotch on his face to dissolve the white cosmetic he uses to make himself visible, so that he can swiftly shed his coat and attack the enemy unseen.
  • Space Jam has the Looney Tunes celebrate their victory over the Monstars. Daffy Duck uncorks a champagne bottle, and its carbonated discharge makes it zoom around like a bottle rocket. Daffy rides atop the bottle past the camera at one point. This was done to hide a mistake: one of the green-screen actors errantly ambled in front of the camera, so Daffy's bottle ride was animated to obscure the actor's passage.
  • Tank Girl: In the Final Battle, Tank Girl repeatedly shoots the Big Bad with soda cans from her tank's main cannon after running out of ammunition.
  • In Tower of London, Richard drowns his brother George, Duke of Clarence in a vat of Malmsey following their Drinking Contest, thereby keeping to the Exact Words of his promise that Malmsey would be the only weapon he would use against him.

  • A woman asks a man to give her enough milk for her to take a bath in. He asks, "Pasteurised?", and she replies, "No, just up to my boobs."


    Live-Action TV 
  • In an episode of Bewitched, Darren and a teenage girl called Liza get into a fight and she throws scotch on him, while he throws gin on her. This causes Cringe Comedy when Larry walks in and assumes they've been drinking.
  • Fraggle Rock, In "Beyond the Pond", the Fraggles use the kohlrabi juice to kill knobblies, until Red learns what the knobblies are and tells them to stop.
  • In the Laverne & Shirley episode "New Year's Eve 1960", Laverne is feeling down because her boyfriend dumped her, and tries to cheer herself up by drinking Pepsi from a bucket. Shirley tries giving her a pep talk and says that if she doesn't go out and celebrate New Year's Eve, "You might as well drown yourself in Pepsi!". Laverne sticks her head into the bucket.
  • MacGyver (1985):
    • In "The Heist", Mac uses crystal wine glasses filled with different levels of wine to recreate musical tones to open the vault.
    • In "The Prodigal", he mixes soda and popping candy with dry ice to simulate fire smoke through air vents.
    • In "Countdown", he injects a mixture of low fat milk and oven cleaner via a pastry tube to neutralize an acid mixture inside the bomb.
    • In "Slow Death", he sprays carbonated water into a bowl of salt, causing it to splash into bad guys' eyes.
    • In "For Love or Money", he makes fake bloodstains from red wine and ketchup.
    • In "The Odd Triple", he uses wine to help him wriggle out of ropes.
    • In "The Endangered", he asks some people at a bar for matches in order to light some rum to create a fireball to create a diversion. But he can't find any matches and is nearly shot.
    • In "Gold Rush", he uses high proof vodka as the fuel in a in a fire bomb to blow away some the snow surrounding the pane they are buried in.
    • In "Serenity", he tosses whisky and a cigar butt down Wilt's pants as a distraction.
    • In "Rush to Judgement", makes a soft drink dispenser spit out cans for distraction.
    • In "MacGyver's Women", he pours alcohol on pine nuts in a stove, which mimics gunshots.
    • In "Gunz 'n' Boyz", he uses whisky-soaked kindling in a wastebasket to light a fire.
  • Midsomer Murders: In "Hidden Depths", has-been quiz show host Mike Spicer is forced to answer questions and slowly drowned in wine as he gets them wrong.
  • Star Trek as a whole: Klingons consider drinking a beverage offered by an adversary to be a dishonor, and when offered a drink by an adversary, will pour it on the floor in protest.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: In "The Storyteller", Varis throws her drink on Quark due to being offended at him calling her "the little lady".
  • In an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Romulans brainwash Geordi and try to will him to kill O'Brien. However, Geordi pours his drink onto O'Brien's lap instead.
  • Under the Umbrella Tree: At the end of "Twins", this is discussed when Gloria and Jacob ask Holly for tomato juice so they can neutralize skunk spray.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: In one episode, Justin dates a werewolf girl and becomes a werewolf himself. As a cure, his dad makes him bathe in milk.

  • Kelly Clarkson: In the video for "My Life Would Suck Without You", Kelly is having an argument with her dysfunctional boyfriend, which devolves into a sequence of Defenestrate and Berate where both throw the other's possessions out the window. When Kelly grabs a fishbowl to throw out the window, she allows her boyfriend to grab the fish and put it in a glass of water before throwing the the bowl out. The two make up shortly afterwards.
  • "Wash Your Face in Orange Juice" is a song by Peter Combe.
  • In Benny Hill's "Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)", Ernie brings his girlfriend Sue milk to bathe in, including the "pasteurize" pun described under 'Jokes' above.
  • Preschool Popstars: In the music video for "Juice Box", the girls are seen swimming in juice.
  • "The Old Dun Cow" has a verse where Smith appears to be preparing to wash his feet (or trousers, depending on the version of the song) in the port wine tub. Brown sees this and tells him to use lower quality alcohol instead.

  • Victorious teams tend to spray each other with cheap champagne (the good stuff has nowhere near that much carbonation) in celebration, much like a water pistol fight.
  • In American sports, it's a common form of celebration to dump a cooler full of Gatorade or water on someone. In American football, the "victim" is usually the head coach after a big win. In baseball, the target is usually a player who got a walk-off hit.
  • Conversely, disgruntled sports fans have been known to throw their beverages, sometimes still in the container, at members of the opposing team, the officials, or even floundering members of their own team. This is usually considered grounds for ejection of the offending fans from the venue.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Some characters in Red Dragon Inn have a use for their ale beyond drinking it, such as Fiona using it as armor polish. There's a few cards in everyone's deck where Molly the Barmaid yells at them for "Playing with the drinks," refuting their non-drinking use, and a few "I don't think so!" cards, representing the character getting annoyed at their drinking buddies not drinking their beer.

    Video Games 
  • Ancient Domains of Mystery: A "potion of uselessness" may spawn. True to its name, it has no effect on you or other beings, but throwing it while on an icy level will propel you in the opposite direction. A god, impressed by the player's cleverness in finding this use, will grant them a reward.
  • Fate/Grand Order: Assassin Shuten-doji's Noble Phantasm attack is to pour poisoned sake onto her enemies, bragging about how it is strong enough to eat through armor and strip the flesh from their bones while they take damage and a whole slew of status ailments, then she takes a sip to show that it doesn't affect her at all.
  • Genshin Impact: Diona's Elemental Burst: Signature Mix, has her toss a beverage mixer at enemies, causing it to break open and release a freezing cocktail of alcohol to inflict area-of-effect Cryo damage. It can also heal any allies standing in the mix.
  • MadWorld: The Money Shot minigame has the player shaking bottles filled with a fizzy drink and jamming them into enemies' throats. Once the cap pops from the air pressure, the stream catapults the mook into the air, with the player scoring points if the enemy is impaled in one of the spikes spread throughout the arena.
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga: The Chuckolator is a creature made out of Chuckola Cola, and can change its forms to wield a sword or rifle. It is set upon Mario and Luigi to defend the Chuckola Reserve that its creator has been working on for 1,000 years. (Speaking of which, the Chuckola Reserve is later used to help Queen Bean bring up the Belly Belch worm that was controlling her.)
  • Mass Effect: Ryncol, the krogan liquor of choice, is infamous for how strong it is. During one incident in the Citadel DLC, Grunt threw his bottle of ryncol at a C-Sec car. Turns out ryncol is volatile enough that either the impact or the exposure to oxygen causes it to act as a Molotov Cocktail without needing to be ignited first.
  • The Meteor, the Stone and a Long Glass of Sherbet: The glass of sherbet you receive in the beginning of the game is used to wake up the sleepy elephant by pouring it on his head.
  • Moshi Monsters:
    • The mission "Kick Some Asteroid" involves soda being poured on cosmic gems to make them explode.
    • The stripes on snuggly tiger cubs are said to be painted on with juice.
  • Pikmin Bloom: Blue Burger Shop Pikmin wear soda cups for outfits, with the liquid still inside.
  • Science Girls!: Diet soda is used as a thrown weapon, because its lack of nutrition makes it useless for restoration.
  • The Secret of Monkey Island:
    • The grog served at the Scumm Bar is so corrosive it eats through the mugs. Guybrush takes a mug of grog, transferring it between mugs when one is rendered nearly useless, and uses it to dissolve the lock on Otis' prison cell.
    • The Monkey Island™ cannibals' ghost-destroying concoction turns out to be ordinary root beer; Guybrush gets a bottle from a vending machine and uses it to destroy LeChuck.
  • Team Fortress 2: The Scout has a bottle of milk "weapon" called the Mad Milk that can be thrown at enemies, with the Scout recovering 60% of his health from those covered in it for a limited time. The Mad Milk can also be used to extinguish burning teammates or be used to create scrap metal, like any other weapon.
  • Them's Fightin' Herds: Several overworld sprite cosmetics include beverage items (like a milk bottle, a glass of wine, and a mug of beer) that can be worn as hats for the characters, the beverage itself still inside of them all.
  • Warcraft III: The Pandaren Brewmaster hero has two attacks that work in tandem: "Drunken Haze" tosses a mug of ale on a group of enemies to slow them and reduce their chance to hit with attacks, and "Breath of Fire" damages enemies in a cone and will ignite enemies drenched in ale for additional damage over time.

    Web Original 
  • Breaking Cat News: In this comic, Elvis is sprayed by a Smelly Skunk and is given a tomato juice bath, much to his dismay.
  • DEATH BATTLE!: Boomstick, upon hearing about how Captain Marvel is able to control gravity in her Binary form in "Captain Marvel VS Shazam", dropped his can of beer to prove he could control gravity just to realize he wasted said beer. He then poured another beer over it to mourn it just to realize he also wasted that beer.
  • In this article from a website named Dom Furniss, a man named Rob spills his beer in his lap on purpose to cover up having wet his pants.
  • Haminations: In "The Unlucky Camping Trip", Bryson mentions that his family doused Dixie the dog in tomato juice and vanilla extract to get rid of the horrible stench of skunk spray.
  • Homestar Runner: Not directly shown, but discussed in the short "hremail 7". Homestar mentions that "[A]s a national spokesmodel for the Ethical Advancement of Melonade, I am contractually unable to drink, talk about, or bathe in any other liquid!" Then at the end, Homestar walks off to take a bath, singing to himself, "A-gonna take a bath in some Melonade... oh it kinda stings my skin..."
  • In Planet Dolan's Dark Parody of "I'm a Little Teapot", the tea is somehow hot enough to burn through pipes, so it's used as a weapon in the army.
  • RedLetterMedia: In the Mr. Plinkett review of Avatar, Mr. Plinkett states that if he wanted a message, he'd go listen to his answering machine... which he then does. He listens to a message from the Department Of Cultural Guilt, telling him to continue feeling guilty about horrible things he did to the Native Americans. Mr. Plinkett's response to the message is to pour a cup of coffee on the answering machine before said message is even over, causing it to short out.
  • In the Volume 2 premiere of RWBY, soda cans are used as grenades during the famous Food Fight scene.
  • This Snopes article is about photographs of men bathing in milk with an invitation to also bathe in it. It turns out to have been a prank.
  • Ultra Fast Pony: In the parody version of "Winter Wrap Up", Spike douses Twilight in tomato juice, claiming that it's a cure for snake bites. Twilight grumbles that he always suggests tomato juice for everything.
  • In Vegan Artbook, Mike spills her cup of tea on Shawn's face to attack him when he calls her the most human person he knows because she thinks that Humans Are Bastards.
  • YouTube has videos that demonstrate how Coca-Cola can soften eggshells, remove rust stains from porcelain bowls, and polish silverware. It's the small amount of phosphoric acid present in that beverage that's doing the work.

    Web Video 
  • In Within Lapenko, Richard Sapogov is a big fan of whiskey. He not only drinks it, but uses it as his perfume.

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!: Discussed in "An Irish Goodbye" when Hayley asks Francine to get her some tomato juice to neutralize the skunk spray on Jeff. Francine, however, vetoes this.
  • In Arthur, the episode "Meek for a Week" has the Brain shake up a can of soda to make it explode, to make a visual analogy of someone stuffing their emotions (which he feared Francine was doing) until they "pop".
  • Curious George: In "Skunked", George is sprayed by a skunk, so Ted gives him several baths using tomato juice.
  • Family Guy: In "Meg Stinks", Brian gets sprayed by a skunk and takes a bath in tomato juice. Unfortunately, it is completely ineffective.
  • In the Generation O! episode "Damp Sheets", Sen. Shift puts boxes of a type of juice called "punch fun" into the hotel's bed where Molly is sleeping to remind her that he knows her secret (that she once wet the bed after drinking punch fun).
  • Gravity Falls: Played with in the episode "Sock Opera", where Bill Cipher possesses Dipper Pines' body. He opens a soda and announces that he is going to "drink it like a person", then proceeds to pour it in his (Dipper's) eyes.
  • In the Cowboy Episode of Horrible Histories, Mo uses a shaken-up bottle of sarsaparilla as a weapon in a fight with some cowboys.
  • The Loud House:
    • In "Making the Case", Lincoln dives into a kiddie pool full of soda with breath mints tied to him as a publicity stunt.
    • In "Breaking Dad", it's revealed that Lynn Sr. and the kids once filled a kiddie pool with slushies for some reason.
    • In "Pranks for the Memories with the Casagrandes", Ronnie Anne and Carlota spray the boy cousins with pickle juice as part of a prank.
    • In "The Boss Maybe", Leni washes Lana in tomato juice after the latter deliberately makes a skunk spray her.
  • Martha Speaks:
    • In "Martha Takes a Stand", T.D.'s mother made him bathe in tomato juice to wash out the scent of the filth Martha rolled in, that got on him when he touched her.
    • "Dogs in Space": In T.D.'s comic, the spaceship runs on milk.
    • According to O.G. in "Dog For a Day", when he was ten, he surmised he could fuel a go-kart with root beer, and that it may have worked had he not gotten thirsty.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In the episode "Magical Mystery Cure", Pinkie Pie parodies the Spit Take trope by deliberately getting a drink, only to spit it out.
  • PAW Patrol: In "Pups Save a Surprise", this is discussed when Ryder informs Mr. Porter that he should bathe in tomato juice to get rid of skunk spray.
  • In Peg + Cat, the episode "The Race Car Problem" involves the Teens driving a car that runs on red juice (and potato chips).
  • Ready Jet Go!: In "Uncle Zucchini Babysits", it's mentioned that Bortronians bathe their pets in milkshakes.
  • Rugrats:
    • In "Baby Power", when the babies think the baby powder (which they think is called baby power) has made Dil into a superpowered monster, they try to rinse it off with water from Spike's dog bowl.
    • In "Rebel Without a Teddy Bear", Angelica tells Tommy to spill juice on the floor on purpose to be bad. Tommy, however, drinks the juice instead and then knocks the cup over.
    • In "When Wishes Come True", when the babies see a statue of Angelica and assume she's been turned to stone since Tommy wished something bad would happen to her, Phil suggests spraying her with milk to turn her back, since he thinks it would be funny.
    • In "Chuckie Gets Skunked", Chas mentions that he bathed Chuckie in tomato juice (as well as tomato paste) to wash out a skunk's stench. However, all it did was just make a mess in the bathtub.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In the episode "Skinner's Sense of Snow", Chief Wiggum writes his name in the snow with coffee for no good reason.
    • In "Looking for Mr. Goodbart", Homer gets sprayed by a skunk, so Marge gives him a bath in tomato juice. Homer also puts some celery and vodka into the tub.
  • Sons of Butcher: In one episode, Doug seems to think that whiskey is a perfectly good liquid to use to extinguish fire, no matter how many times the whiskey just makes the fires worse.
  • The TaleSpin episode "From Here To Machinery" has a robot act as pilot of Shere Khan's private plane. When air pirates attack the plane, the robot refuses to change course or relinquish control. Baloo jiggles a bottle of carbonated soda, then sprays the robot with fizzy discharge. This shorts out the robot, allowing Baloo to pilot Khan's plane to safety.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: In the "Out of Odor" segment in "Viewer Mail Day", Elmyra bathes Fifi in tomato juice to get rid of her stench.
  • What's with Andy?: In "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow", Andy uses lemonade to make it seem as though some ice sculptures of dogs peed. Later, several other citizens use lemonade when trying to replicate the prank.

    Real Life 
  • There's the old tradition of christening boats by smashing a bottle of alcohol against them. The most common libation is wine; today, this is typically champagne, but historically this could be anything (for instance, the U.S. Navy liked Madeira for the purpose in the early 19th century). Other liquids are in occasional use, as well—the U.S. Navy alone has christened vessels with brandy, rye, bourbon, and river water, while Greek shipping lines like to use ouzo, and in India they break open a coconut and pour out the coconut water.
  • The celebration of autumn equinox is generally celebrated by pouring wine on the trees and thanking them.
  • If you put a Mentos in the neck of a cola bottle, it will create a surge of fizz. Some people have done this for fun.
  • Baths of donkey milks were rumored to be used to preserve the skin by persons such as Cleopatra, Poppaea Sabina (second wife of Roman Emperor Nero) and Pauline Bonaparte.
  • Some websites list practical uses for Coca-cola, such to clean toilet bowls or automotive engines.
  • Libation, or the pouring of liquids—often alcohol—for different religious purposes, is so common across different cultures that Wikipedia has a relatively long list of it.
  • Tea, coffee, and Kool-Aid can all be used to dye fabrics (admittedly, you get a wider range of colors with that last one). Tea and coffee can also be used to give paper an "aged" appearance, say for a stage prop.
  • People have used all kinds of beverages as an emergency substitute for coolant in their cars. This isn't recommended as the stuff in the beverages (usually sugar) will gunk up your engine.
  • Most beverages can be used as invisible ink.
  • There's a spa in Japan that involves a pool full of wine.
  • Similar to women who use mayonnaise to condition their hair, others also use beer as a shampoo.
  • An effective, if slightly yucky slug trap is a cup of beer buried in the ground. Slugs go to beer and drown in it.


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Boxxo vs King Frog Fiend

When Lammis and Boxxo are trying to help injured adventurers escape the King Frog Fiend all seems lost until Boxxo - a sapient vending machine - manages to come up with a creative drinks bases solution.

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