Couple take alcohol measure on all-inclusive holiday to find out if the drinks are watered down

By Jack Peat

May 30, 2023 at 12:22pm


The ‘scientific’ TikTok experiment should put your worries to rest. 

If you’ve got an all-inclusive holiday on the horizon and the thought of watered down drinks sends shivers down your spine, the Cheap Holiday Expert, aka Chelsea Dickenson, has conducted a “scientific” TikTok experiment that might put your worries to rest.

With a trusty alcohol measurer in hand (also known as a ‘refractometer’), Chelsea and her partner James ventured into the realms of a budget all-inclusive hotel. Their mission? To uncover the truth behind the alcohol content in their drinks.

In the TikTok video, viewed by Chelsea’s 88.7K followers, the couple drop a sample of the clear liquid onto the refractometer, hoping for a reading of ‘37.5 per cent’ ABV, the expected value for vodka.

However, the results show a slightly lower ABV of 33 per cent in both attempts.

Before we jump to conclusions, though, let’s explore the reasons behind this discrepancy.


“Could it be a few percentages off?” Chelsea quizzes her scientific partner, James, to which he responded: “Temperature can vary the accuracy of this.”

Wait, what does that mean?

According to James, it implies that the drinks might not be watered down after all. The couple recalls witnessing the bartender breaking the seal of brand-new bottles, which strengthens their conviction.

Chelsea confidently asserts, “There’s no watering down going on here.” With a final shot of the hard stuff to celebrate, it seems they’ve found solace in their experiment’s results.

Header image via Getty 



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