The most dangerous cocktail ingredients



Here at Cocktails For You we travel regularly all over the world, just to give some perspective combined we did over 160 flights between us in 2018, naturally we try a lot of cocktails & naturally a lot of creative bartenders all over the world end up using numerous exotic ingredients in their drinks. Not all ingredients are born equal & not all ingredients are safe to use especially if you do not have the right tools or knowledge regarding certain herbs & spices. Find below some ingredients that we HIGHLY recommend to approach with caution:


Activated Charcoal

We’re brought this one before in a previous article regarding trends that need to DIE but it fits right in here very well. This pharmaceutic ingredient first caught on in the health and beauty industry & is widely available in pharmacies in the Far East, detox hipsters swear by it. Most of this is just in people’s heads unfortunately as activated charcoal doesn’t just suck out the ‘bad’ stuff but rather EVERYTHING. Are you on medication? Might not work anymore thanks to that ‘Black’ Margarita! Other side effects of consuming activated charcoal include abdominal pain, constipation, bowel obstruction, and black stool. So it wasn’t the fish at the restaurant that made you sick…


Tobacco/Cigars/Cigarettes Alcohol is a poison, tobacco is a poison & if you combine the two then 2 negatives make a positive right? WRONG! Tobacco syrups, infusions, and bitters pop-up in cocktail menus all over the world all the time & they’re usually made in-house. I’ve seen bartenders infuse rum with cigars, make syrup with a smoking gun burning pipe tobacco & even burn smoke straight into a glass before pouring the cocktail on top. The danger here is in the nicotine content & how much of it ends up in the actual finished cocktail. There is no real way to control this with smoking or to measure this per infusion in a regular cocktail bar. If 30–60 mg (0.5–1.0 mg/kg) can be a lethal dosage for adult humans with cigarettes usually ranging from 8-24 mg per cigarette. The key here is HOW the nicotine is consumed & via smoke very little actually is absorbed in the body whilst if ingested the danger increases tenfold. Pass me that Cohiba El Presidente!


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