Liquid Nitrogen Cocktails: Smoking Hot Trend Or Crazy Risk?

on 13/10/12 at 6:36 am

Booze News

Doctors use liquid nitrogen — a substance registering a wickedly cold 321 degrees below zero Fahrenheit — to freeze warts so they dry up and fall off. Yes, folks, this stuff kills tissue. So imagine what it might do to your stomach if you drink some.

Unfortunately, a British teen recently found out the hard way. The Telegraph reports this week that an 18-year-old had a portion of her perforated stomach removed after sipping the stuff in a trendy cocktail where the substance was used to chill the glass and create a smoky vapor.

And, as ABC News puts it, “celebrity chefs, master mixologists and medical experts from around the world are steamed up” over it.

“Anything that is the least bit hazardous does not belong in the bar,” Ray Foley, editor of Bartending Magazine, tells ABC. “People are getting out of hand with these products to show off and not take care of their clients. This nitrogen cocktail; it’s ridiculous.”

John Ashton, director of public health for Cumbria County in the UK, tells the BBC: “This girl is the victim of an irresponsible alcohol industry that’s now competing on gimmicks.”

FULL STORY via NPR