Unknown to many, Mixes From Mars is the only mobile bar service within Singapore that is able to cater liquid nitrogen cocktails for any event!
A liquid nitrogen cocktail is any mixed drink whose preparation involves the use of liquid nitrogen. Popularized as a novelty because of the smoky, bubbling “cauldron effect” it produces, liquid nitrogen is controversial as a cocktail ingredient because it boils at −196 °C and its consumption is thus potentially lethal. However, it is not a regulated substance in most countries and there is little control of its use.
The culinary use of liquid nitrogen is mentioned in an 1890 recipe book titled Fancy Ices authored by Mrs. Agnes Marshall but has been employed in more recent times by restaurants in the preparation of frozen desserts, such as ice cream, which can be created within moments at the table because of the speed at which it cools food.
Similarly, liquid nitrogen has become popular in the preparation of cocktails because it can be used to quickly chill glasses or freeze ingredients. It is also added to drinks to create a smoky effect, which is created by the cold nitrogen vapour the moisture (water vapor) in the surrounding air above
Because of its low temperature liquid nitrogen can be extremely damaging to body tissue, causing frostbite and cryogenic burning on contact. If ingested it can lead to severe internal damage, destroying tissue in the mouth and digestive tract. Furthermore, as it evaporates liquid nitrogen releases a large volume of gas, which means it can burst the stomach if swallowed in a sufficiently large amount.
The potential danger of liquid nitrogen cocktails was highlighted by an incident that occurred in the United Kingdom in October 2012. On 4 October, an 18-year-old woman named Gaby Scanlon was admitted to hospital with severe abdominal pain and shortness of breath after drinking a cocktail prepared with liquid nitrogen while celebrating her birthday at a bar in Lancaster city centre.
A medical team diagnosed her condition as perforated stomach and performed a gastrectomy to save her life. On September 17, 2015, Oscar’s Wine Bar and Bistro in Lancaster was fined £100,000 as a result of the incident, as no proper risk assessment had been performed and bar staff had not received adequate warnings of the importance of not drinking the cocktail until all the nitrogen had boiled off.
If your friendly neighbourhood bar happens to have a liquid nitrogen cocktail on the menu, be wary before ordering and ask about the safety precautions the bar has undertaken to make sure the drink is safe for consumption.
Not to worry however, as only the most seasoned and experienced bartenders from Mixes From Mars are carefully handpicked before being allowed to begin training on liquid nitrogen cocktails, and will be made to shadow a senior bartender during events where liquid nitrogen cocktails are served; only after a certain number of sessions with a senior he will then be allowed to serve our guests with this unique molecular cocktail. If you will like to have liquid nitrogen cocktails served at your event, do feel free to drop us an enquiry today! We will be happy to share with you our past experiences on serving liquid nitrogen cocktails as well!