La Mar Debuts Liquid Nitrogen Cocktails

Who wants some Froze Rosé (that contains zero wine)?

Science! (Peter Lawrence Kane)

Nitrogen is the most abundant element in the Earth’s atmosphere, but while we draw it in with every breath, we don’t necessarily ingest it. La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, a short jog north of the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero, aims to remedy that with some a couple new cocktails created with the good stuff, in liquid form, cooled to below -320 degrees Fahrenheit.

Spiked Punch (Peter Lawrence Kane)

It’s slightly science-y, but not in a molecular-gastronomy sort of way. (Aside from the tanks of compressed gas, it’s more like dry ice, really.) But as with Smitten Ice Cream, the results are unmistakable: summery drinks with the smooth texture an extra-fine slushy that proceed to melt as you drink them. Of the two, the Froze Rosé is the more straightforward, a surprisingly wine-free combination of Plymouth gin, Aperol, Lillet Rose, and strawberry ($16). It’s lovely, but the Spiked Punch (Absolut Elyx vodka, Fernet Branca, orange, passion fruit, mint, Crème de Noyaux, and soda $16) is even better. In spite of all the tropical flavors and the liqueur made from stone-fruit pits, the ironizing effect of the Fernet holds in all in like a cinching belt.

Each is available in the Cebiche Lounge for lunch and dinner, a light-filled space with the proportions of a classic train station. And nitrogen may be nearly inert, but something in the atmosphere is making La Mar’s plants grow to mammoth proportions. 

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, Pier 1 1/2 The Embarcadero, 415-397-8880 or lamarsf.com

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