Dry ice is the perfect final touch for your wizardly inspired brews. But what is dry ice? And what makes the billowy smoke pour forth from your witchy cocktails? By following a few key tips and tricks, you can ensure your magical potions are both safe, dynamic, and delicious.
What Is Dry Ice?
Dry ice is carbon dioxide in a frozen form. It is extremely cold – close to -109.3 degrees Fahrenheit – and breaks down as a gas instead of a liquid. Using dry ice in place of ice cubes in drinks will cause a cloud of smoke to emerge in a mesmerizing fashion.
Where Can I Find Dry Ice?
Dry ice can be found in practically any grocery store, including Wal-Mart, Kroger, and Costco. Call the store before you arrive and have Customer Service ring up your purchase. The dry ice will then be removed from a secret freezer not available to the general public. For a standard punch or a few cocktails, you should only need about one pound of dry ice, costing around $1-3.
How Do I Get My Dry Ice Home?
Since dry ice is so cold, it can become dangerous if it is ever in contact with your skin. Always handle dry ice while wearing gloves and, like other types of dangerous goods packaging, you’ll want to package and transport it in a well-ventilated container.
What Do I Do With The Rest of the Dry Ice?
At the end of the party, you’ll need to safely dispose of the remainder of the dry ice. Avoid placing the solid dry ice in the sink; because of its concentrated state of carbon dioxide, it could potentially clog your drains as it melts. Instead, place the dry ice in a well-ventilated space and let it melt naturally. Hot water can expedite this process.
Dry ice can easily become the hit of your Halloween or wizarding party. By following these simple tips and tricks, your spooky drinks will fill your home with smoky memories that will last all year-round.