Yay! And… Awwww, Man.

My dad will be so proud that I am finally taking an interest in science!

I was reading the recent issue of Imbibe Magazine and saw an upcoming event listed called Science of Cocktails.  When I followed the link it brought me to the Exploratorium of all places.  Here’s the description from their website:

“There are many cocktail parties in the Bay Area, but the Exploratorium is holding one like no other. Science of Cocktails will present the artistry of master mixologists melded with the science behind the craft. We’ll take an in-depth, hands-on look at the physics, chemistry, and biology of cocktails, engaging guests in an exploration of their favorite libations.”

The event takes place on Jan. 20, 2010 and they are going to have guest bartenders from some of my favorite places like The Alembic and Heaven’s Dog. I was all psyched to buy a ticket and then I saw that it was SOLD OUT.  Awwwwww, man!

For all us poor saps who don’t get to go they are promising to post information, recipes, and experiments from the event after it takes place.  I guess I’ll have to check back in late January.

Published in: on January 5, 2010 at 9:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Spiced Pear Daiquiri

Spiced Pear Daiquiri

So I finally tried the Spiced Pear Daiquiri and I liked it so much I had to make two.  Well, actually I made three and drank two.  I had planned to make this for the infamous Christmas party that birthed this blog, but as they say, the best laid plans ….  Anyway, after a whirlwind of rushed packing and cramming everything we could possibly fit into the lil’ Civic, we made it up to our Tahoe rental.  I unpacked the mini bar I brought and set to work mixing up the drink that never made it to the party.  This recipe was featured in an article on holiday cocktails in the recent issue of Imbibe magazine.  It involved making a special spiced simple syrup, but that was easy and made the house smell damn good.

Spiced Pear Daiquiri

  • 1 1/2 oz. rhum agricole
  • 1/2 oz. spiced simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. fresh pear juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Garnish: pear slice, lemon twist or candied lemon peel

Cocktail by Todd Appel, Piranha Bros. Consulting, Chicago

I cheated a bit and didn’t juice my own pears, but the Looza pear nectar I used seemed to work well.  For the rhum agricole I used La Favorite Ambre. Dare I say, it? Pear-fection!

Published in: on December 27, 2009 at 9:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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