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How to: Use Dry Ice in your Halloween Cocktails

By October 28, 2019 October 31st, 2019 No Comments
poisoned berry dry ice cocktail

Halloween happens on #thirstythursday this year so we had to come up with a Nosotros special for the occasion, of course. Scroll to the end of this post for a recipe sure to spook your crew. But first, make sure you know how to handle dry ice if you are looking for that “smoky” effect in your cocktail this week.

The 411 on Dry Ice

What is dry ice?
  • Dry ice looks like regular ice, but is actually solid carbon dioxide and it’s an extremely cold -192F.  In other words, it’s seriously cold stuff.
  • When it ‘melts’ it turns directly back into a gas.
  • Dry ice is used for lots of things like shipping, flash freezing, fighting fires, and of course, making creative cocktails.
  • It’s sold in blocks or pellet form.
Where can I buy dry ice?
  • Many large supermarkets carry dry ice. You can Google “dry ice in my area” to find out what stores are near you.
  • Purchase your ice shortly before you are going to use it as it melts away fairly quickly. Pick it up a few hours before you’re going to use it for best results. A 5 pound block of dry ice will evaporate in 24 hours.
How do I store dry ice?
  • Keep dry ice in a styrofoam or insulated cooler with the lid ajar to allow air flow.
  • Don’t put your dry ice in your freezer or refrigerator, it can damage it.
  • Don’t leave dry ice in a closed car or room, you need good ventilation so that the carbon dioxide doesn’t build up to a toxic level.
  • Don’t set your dry ice directly on your countertop, it can cause it to crack.
  • Be especially careful to keep your dry ice away from children and pets.
How to handle dry ice
  • Do not touch dry ice with bare hands. Direct skin contact will cause frostbite so use sturdy rubber gloves.
  • Use tongs to put cubes into drinks.
How to dispose of dry ice
  • Let the dry ice evaporate in a well ventilated area.
  • Don’t flush it down the toilet as it can burst your pipes.
  • Don’t put it in the trash,or leave it on the lawn where unsuspecting animals can come in contact with it.
How to use dry ice in cocktails
  • Dry ice is safe to use in cocktails as it will not alter flavor in any way.
  • You’ll need a hammer, screwdriver, and goggles to chisel your block of dry ice into ‘cubes’.  You can also crush the ice for a more subtle effect.
  • Drop the cubes (using tongs) into the bottom of your cocktail or punch bowl and it will immediately start to “smoke”.
  • Since dry ice doesn’t melt into liquid, you can keep adding more as needed to a punch, for instance, and it will not dilute your recipe.
  • Wait for the smoking to stop and the ice to completely melt before drinking your cocktail, it is not safe to drink while the dry ice is still present.

As promoised, we give you…The Poisoned Berry

2oz Nosotros Blanco

.75oz lemon juice

4 muddled blackberries

5 fresh sage leaves

1 teaspoon maple syrup

Add to shaker with ice, shake, and strain into glass

Garnish with blackberries

Throw in dry ice for a smoky visual

 

Enjoy and #happyhalloween!

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