In my bioinformatics lecture today we discussed extracting DNA, and the fact that you can do it in your kitchen. Sounds like fun! It includes a source of DNA - strawberries, particularly, are mentioned - a splash of salt, a blender, an enzyme to break down the proteins - meat tenderiser is suggested, but pineapple juice is listed as a possible backup - and some alcohol.
Tell me I'm not the only one who's thinking that sounds like a pretty reasonable cocktail.
Two potential problems. The alcohol they suggest using is 70-95% isopropyl or ethyl. They don't give me any reason to believe that the type is important, but its possible that vodka will be too dilute. I'll have to try it and see.
Harder: there's a stage I skipped, in making this sound like a cocktail recipe; mixing in detergent to break down the cell walls. Not too keen on detergent in my martidna. That page suggests that grease might work as well, but Dr Caporaso wasn't sure (and I'm not really sure I want bacon grease floating around in my martini-glass either...)
To the Experimentiser!
Cocktails... For Science!
1 cup blackberries
1/4 tsp. salt.