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January 18, 2017

Ever drunk a space cocktail? No? Darling, you simply must. They’re the hottest thing in the cocktail world right now.

Although that may be down to the heat caused by re-entry to the earth’s atmosphere.

What on earth are we talking about?

Well, it’s either a giant leap forward for mankind or a sure sign that the End Times are upon us.

Mr Fogg’s Residence, the Mayfair bar based on the home of Jules Verne’s famous adventurer, Phileas Fogg, has become the first bar to send a cocktail into space.

Space Aged Negroni

A bottle of bitters was sent 27km above the earth’s surface with the help of acclaimed food and drink scientists, Bompas & Parr.

Space cocktails: a thing now.
Space cocktails: a thing now.

The drink was sent into space using a specially designed balloon. The journey took a little over two hours and the concoction was subjected to temperatures which dropped as low as -57 degrees C.

The bitters will be used to make a cocktail called From The Earth to The Stars.

Billed as a Space Aged Negroni it will feature vermouth, Campari, Tanqueray TEN Gin, fresh lavender, grapefruit peels, orange peel, lemon peel, fresh chamomile and angelica root.

Infinity and beyond with a sip

This interstellar cocktail is said to offer drinkers the chance to travel to infinity and beyond with just one sip.

Each cocktail costs £25. Which certainly strikes this scribbler as an astronomic price.

All guests who purchase the cocktail will receive a certificate that states they are a mug.

Sorry, that should say that they have ‘sampled bitters which have been in space’.

As it happens, the idea of taking booze into space is not new.

In fact, way back in 2011, Ardbeg sent some malt whisky to the International Space Station to see if zero gravity had any effect on the maturation process.

We reckon that astronauts must have been dreaming of doing something similar ever since space travel started. Six months in the ISS might go a little quicker if the astronauts had access to a decent drinks cabinet.