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How to Use Dry Ice Like a Boss

Brian Van Flandern, a renowned American mixologist, demonstrates how to use dry ice in cocktails. He uses Fever-Tree Tonic Water and Empress Indigo Gin to create a refreshing and unique Gin and Tonic. By adding dry ice, he produces a smoky and dramatic effect that is sure to impress your guests!

So we’re gonna pour about an ounce and a half of our gin right over the top of the ice and instantly the dry ice starts converting it because the dry ice is the bottom of the glass it creates these bubbles which have to rise to the top so now we get little puffs of smoke and this cool bubbling action and it looks very maniacal and today we’re going to learn how to

Use dry ice in cocktails we’ve all been to a halloween party private party that had dry iced cocktails or a punch that had that cool smoky effect but there’s no reason why we can’t use dry ice all year round it has a great visual impact on your guests it’s fun to work with and it generates sale a lot of restaurants try to avoid using dry icing cocktails because

They’re worried about the liability of just accidentally consuming the dry ice and that’s because dry ice is made from frozen compressed carbon dioxide at 109 minus fahrenheit that’s cold just to the touch it can cause freezer burn or frostbite and we certainly don’t want to swallow it that’s a quick trip to the hospital but i’m going to teach you a trick today

On how you can use dry ice in your cocktails every day without concern that your guests are going to accidentally swallow it first thing we want to do is when we’re using dry ice we have to handle it with kit gloves and by kick gloves i mean gloves you don’t want to use those rubber kitchen gloves because the rubber can actually freeze solid and chip and crack and

You don’t want to touch the dry ice and you don’t want to use latex gloves because it’s just too thin instead we want to use canvas or cloth gloves or something made with a silicone which does not freeze now this is ideal buying your dry ice is easy enough most major grocery stores have it or can get it it’s by the pound and relatively inexpensive and when working

With it you can either get it in block form or in pellet form if you’re going to get a block you can break it up with either a simple hammer and little extra large marble size pieces or a nice ice pick is a good way you can crack it up and crack up the dry ice and then chip it aside to the size that you want in order to put it in the glass and keep your guests safe

A little trick i like to use is this little fine mesh loose tea steeping ball use it for steeping tea with loose tea leaves but instead of using loose teeth we’re going to go ahead and take our gloves and put on one nice piece of dry ice again about the size of an extra large marble and we’re going to put that into our fine mesh ball right in the glass now by

Doing that this particular one has a nice little clasp on there which locks it in tight and it has a little string a little chain on the side so we can hang it off the side of the glass once that’s in there it’s at the bottom of the glass and as we add liquid to it that cool smoky effect is going to rise up to the top but we don’t have to worry about that getting

Into our guest mound we’re going to add ice and the ice is going to go right over the top but it’s not going to affect the actual dry ice because it’s still contained inside that mesh ball once we add our liquid we’re going to get that cool smoky effect but we want our liquids to be at room temperature or even slightly warmer because it really enhances the effect

And the dry ice will chill down that cocktail to the proper temperature so it’s properly balanced today i’m going to make a simple gin and tonic and today we’re going to use a very specific gin called empress 1908 gin this is made in victoria british columbia and is infused with butterfly pea blossoms so it has a natural indigo color and then when we add a little

Bit of acidity like some lime juice or some tonic water it gives it a natural purple color which is not only a conversation starter but looks maniacal and cool with our smoky effect so we’re going to pour about an ounce and a half of our gin right over the top of the ice and instantly the dry ice starts converting it you can see the the it’s the smoky effect is

Already dripping over the side of the glass then i’m going to use a little fever tree tonic water and fill it right up to the top pour it slowly at first and you can see i’ve got this beautiful purple smoking gin and tonic and also there’s a real significant bubbling effect because the dry ice is at the bottom of the glass it creates these bubbles which have

To rise to the top so now we get little puffs of smoke and this cool bubbling action and it looks very maniacal now this i’ve got a little pick your poison glass it looks like it’s something you don’t want to drink and it’s absolutely delicious instead you’re gonna blow that off the top a perfect gin and tonic it looks so cool you can serve them all year round

And it’s guaranteed to drive sales i hope you enjoyed this video please click like and share with your friends and until our next cocktail together bottoms up you

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How to Use Dry Ice Like a Boss By Advanced Mixology