Exploratorium's Science of Cocktails Returns

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From last year's Exploratorium cocktail geek-out, the pousse-cafe, a lesson on the specific gravity of liquids.
​Science of Cocktails is headed back to the Exploratorium, with a brilliant blend of drinks both educational and potent.

Between hors d'oeuvres stations, bartenders and Exploratorium scientists will demonstrate the chemistry, physics, and biology of alcohol as you sip cocktail examples. Last year's event was a perfect blend of party and learning, without making you feel like you were being tricked into something, unlike the time your mom switched out the chocolate chips for carob in the cookies.

Expect the usual Exploratorium exhibits to be open, along with themed experiments and presentations on shaking versus stirring, standard and Japanese hard-shake techniques, perfume-making techniques in infusions, and how flaming citrus oils over a drink changes the flavor. A favorite demo from last year on the pousse-café, a fantastically layered drink and a lesson on the specific gravity of liquids, returns for an encore performance.

The science of fermentation and distillation will be covered in depth, so bring your thickest pair of safety goggles . Enjoy sponsoring spirits (Campo de Encanto Pisco, Distillery No. 209, Four Roses, Hangar One, Partida Tequila, St. George Spirits, and VeeV) . This year's roster of bartenders features the Cocktail Lab crew (naturally), 15 Romolo, 83 Proof, and Rye, so the drinks will be precisely mixed and scientifically proven to be delicious.

Second Annual Science of Cocktails
When: Wed., Jan. 26, 7:30-11 p.m.
Where: Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 561-0360
Cost: $120
Tickets: Online at the Exploratorium website (the website indicates that presale tickets are sold out, but that refers only to an early-bird special)

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Lou Bustamante tweets at @thevillagedrunk. Follow SFoodie at @sfoodie.
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