In our age of Instagram, a cocktail is rated by its appearance as much as by its taste. That’s pressuring bartenders to be more and more creative with the visual elements of their creations. A billow of brume from a cube of dry ice never fails to add flair. Here are six eye-catching cocktails with dry ice perfect for your #ThirstyThursday.
Nazca Winter at Chica, Las Vegas, Nevada
You’ve never had a pisco sour quite like this. Served in a modernist goblet, it’s forged from Barsol Pisco Primero Quebranta, freshly squeezed lime juice, egg whites, and aromatic bitters. A hazy mist scented with cinnamon adds a theatrical touch. Make a reservation at Chica.
Berries & Bubbles at Ocean Prime, Washington, D.C.
This cocktail is sure to elicit oohs and aahs, even as everyone at the table rushes to get out their phone to snap a picture. With a backbone of Belvedere citrus vodka, Domaine Chandon brut, and housemade sour mix and marinated berries accent the tantalizing tipple. It’s served in a martini glass to highlight the fog of the dry ice tumbling downwards. Make a reservation at Ocean Prime.
Lollipop Passion Goblet at Sugar Factory, Miami Beach, Florida
Enjoy a tempting taste of the tropics. Pineapple, coconut, and melon hula dance together on the palate. Candy lollipops jut above a cloud of dry ice cascading out of the goblet. Make a reservation at Sugar Factory.
Rock Out with Your Conch Out at Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago, Illinois
Definitely our favorite cocktail name of recent memory. Designed to serve half a dozen partygoers, it features a “top secret” blend of rums, absinthe, falernum, and a quartet of sunny juices – lime, grapefruit, pineapple, and pomegranate. Did we mention it’s served in a giant conch shell with garnishes galore and a thunderhead of dry ice? Make a reservation at Three Dots and a Dash.