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Liquid nitrogen cocktails are no longer cool

Published on Oct 20, 2012 9:18 AM
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A bartender mixes a cocktail in this Dec 3, 2010 file photo. Once a popular novelty drink a few years ago, liquid nitrogen cocktails are hard to find at bars and restaurants here these days.Bartenders are turning to the kitchen, using ingredients such as cinnamon smoke and colorless tomato juice and cutting-edge cooking techniques, to spice up martinis and other cocktails. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Once a popular novelty drink a few years ago, liquid nitrogen cocktails are hard to find at bars and restaurants here these days.

When SundayLife! contacted several bars and restaurants believed to have served such drinks - which use the chemical to chill alcohol rapidly and give off a cool white vapour - they told us they do not serve the cocktails, or have stopped offering them some time ago.

Some bartenders say the appeal of such drinks in Singapore has dissipated since a few years ago. Hence, the disappearance of the drinks from menus here is unlikely to be the result of an unfortunate incident that took place recently in the United Kingdom.

A British teenager had to remove her stomach after consuming a liquid nitrogen cocktail on her 18th birthday. The chemical had perforated her stomach.

 
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