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Behold: World’s First Breathable Cocktail Bar

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“Visiting the bar will generate the same sort of awe and wonder we have all experienced when gazing up at the night’s sky. Imagine Disney meets De Sade in Barbarella’s castle by way of Medieval Times with flagons of ale.”

Lucy Shaw reports: Food and drink alchemists Bompas & Parr have launched the world’s first breathable cocktail bar in London’s Borough Market. Dubbed “Alcoholic Architecture”, the bar on Cathedral Street features a breathable cocktail cloud that guests can wander through and gulp up.

The immersive experience sees spirits and mixers turned into a cloud of alcohol with the help of humidifiers creating an environment of 140% humidity.

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“When atomised, what we normally think of as drink becomes an immersive, habitable environment – a diffuse form of architecture.”

Visitors are asked to don protective suits and breath in the cocktail vapour, with the alcohol entering the bloodstream through the lungs and eyeballs rather than the liver.

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“We’re going for maximal intensity of cocktail experience. With every breath you take, you notice a fresh botanical or flavour in the spirit that can be hard to discern in a regular drink.”

“The installation draws inspiration from Borough Market’s produce, medieval history and weather to create a sci-fi fantasy where meteorology and mixology collide,” said Sam Bompas, who believes the humidity enhances flavour perception.

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“The installation draws inspiration from Borough Market’s produce, history and weather to create a sci-fi fantasy where meteorology and mixology collide.”

“Visiting the bar will generate the same sort of awe and wonder we have all experienced when gazing up at the night’s sky. Imagine Disney meets De Sade in Barbarella’s castle by way of Medieval Times with flagons of ale,” he added. Read the rest of this entry »

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GET YOUR THIRST ON: Toast to Mexican Independence Day with tequila, mezcal cocktails

Tequila and mezcal cocktails are a treat in celebration of Mexican Independence Day. (Photos/NBC Latino)

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Nina Terrero writes: Each year on September 16th, Mexicans around the world celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spain’s governance, which was secured during a revolt in 1810 by the Mestizos (those with mixed Spanish and indigenous Indian heritage) and Criollos (Mexicans of Spanish ancestry) who fought under the leadership of Father Miguel Hidalgo against the Spanish. In celebration of the upcoming holiday on Monday, we’re sharing our favorite cocktail recipes that incorporate traditional Mexican spirits – tequila and smoky mezcal – with which to toast to a momentous occasion in Mexico’s history.

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