If you're in charge of drinks this Halloween, increase your spooky cocktail game. A block of dry ice creates a fearsome mist that's great for garnishing your best blood thinning drinks.
Nothing says more about Halloween than the presence of a dense and sinister fog. Whether it hovers over the halls of the undead or is pumped onto the dance floor by a low-paying DJ, Fog is always a frightening manifestation of this spooky holiday. And while smoke machines are fun, we think the most classic way to trap that eerie darkness is on your cocktail.
Right. We talk about filling dry ice in drinks. The thought itself is scary for some, because dry ice is not edible. But do not worry ̵
Let's start with the facts. Dry ice is carbon dioxide, which is kept at -110 F. At this temperature, CO2 becomes a solid. The second it starts to warm, it sublimates into a gas. You've probably seen carbon dioxide in a gaseous state on Halloween gushing out of staged plastic kettles or crawling out from behind a well-made styrofoam tombstone. In smaller containers such as a drinking glass, however, the effect is enhanced. That's what happens in spooky cocktails.
Dry ice can be bought at most grocery stores. You must ask a seller to get it for you as it is dangerous to touch it without safety equipment. It is usually sold in blocks of one or two pounds and should be relatively cheap.
You need one centimeter of ice per smoke cocktail. However, we recommend buying something more than you think necessary. Dry ice sublimates quickly, even if you keep it in the freezer. For this reason, we recommend that you buy it just hours before your party. This way it will last all night.
And of course we have to include the safety information. Always wear gloves when handling dry ice. If you touch it for more than ten seconds without protection, frostbite may occur. In particular, children should never be allowed to touch dry ice or to drink a drink with dry ice.
Finally, never put dry ice in a sealed container – especially a glass container – as this can lead to an excessive sublimation process. Press and shatter.
Dry ice in cocktails
After getting the magic ingredient, we want to think about how to add it to your cocktails. Since it is sold in one or two pound blocks, the first step is to break the dry ice into cubes. You need a flat-head screwdriver, a towel, goggles and a hammer.
First put on the safety glasses. This prevents dry ice shrapnel from permanently damaging your eyes. Next, put the dry ice, still in its plastic bag, on the towel. This will help to keep it stable. Open the plastic surrounding the dry ice and then chisel 1 inch pieces with a hammer and screwdriver. The chunks should be easily detached with a light tap.
Always use pliers to add the chunks to your cocktails, and instruct your guests not to eat the dry ice cube. This is usually not a problem as dry ice is heavy and sinks to the bottom of the glass unlike a regular ice cube. However, to be completely safe, tell the guests that their drinks are ready to drink when the "smoke" has disappeared. That takes about three to five minutes.
If you want to play it safe, there are special cocktail and shot glasses that hold dry ice at the bottom of the glass. With these glasses, your guests can sip their Halloween cocktails carefree.
For the scariest effects, serve colorful cocktails. Reds, greens and blues look best under a smoke layer. Grenadine, Blue Curacao and Midori should not be missing in your Halloween bar. Luckily, all three make amazing cocktails!
Murderous fog and fearsome nebulae are standard on Halloween evenings. Bring them with the magic of dry ice from the graveyard in your drinks. It is affordable, user-friendly and sure to scare even the most enduring ghosts.