Posts In Category

Science

Science

Tales of the Cocktail 2014 is just about a month away. As usual, I am presenting this year and I’m going back to my roots, chemistry. The Chemical Compositions session is about what chemicals make spirits taste like spirits. The coolest part is that we will be sniffing more chemicals than a 1980s hair metal band. I’m packing a bag

Read More
Science

Tales of the Cocktail is a few weeks away, which means it is time for me to tell you what is going on with me while I am down there. As usual I will be lurking around the Hotel Monteleone and scarfing down some food at Coops or some other delicious eatery. Really, if you want to survive Tales you

Read More
Science

When you publish a website, you often leave yourself open to public scrutiny, which often leads to “Fan Mail“, as I like to call it. Most of the time I ignore it, but sometimes I feel compelled to reply. This is one of those occasions. Now, the topic is High Fructose Corn Syrup, again, but it has become a kind

Read More
Science

What is it about High Fructose Corn Syrup that makes it different from other sugars, like common table sugar? Obviously, the sugars come from two different plants corn and sugar cane / sugar beets. But the key factor, and the one that causes the most discussion, is that the sugars produced from corn are a products of a multi-stage enzymatic

Read More
Science

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is all the rage these days. Actually, its more likely to cause opinionated rage, at least on the Internet. In the summer of 2006 I was going to discuss this topic but got distracted by all the boozy goodness. Then Scott, at Scott’s Rum Pages, brought up the point about HFCS in the Rum and

Read More
Science

In part one we figured out how much cyanide was contained in fruit pit kernels and their toxicity. To summarize, yes there is cyanide in the kernels and there is enough to harm you. The next obvious question is; can you remove the cyanide from the kernel so it can be used in liqueurs? Additionally, I know that at some

Read More
Science

Even before I wrote the maraschino cherry post, some people had asked me whether the quantity of cyanide in fruit pits / stones (apricot, peach, cherry, etc.) was significant enough to harm someone and whether there was a way to remove the cyanide from the kernels. Since the world has a fascination with deadly ingredients, let’s talk about the toxicity

Read More
Science

Question from Blair: I’ve noticed a phenomena when I’m making bitters. After I macerate this that or the other in the alcohol, I filter it to remove any sediment, twigs, etc. I then add cooled caramel syrup to lower the proof and give it a nice texture/color. After adding and blending the syrup, I start to get some flaky fallout…

Read More
Science

After writing the article on the Dawn of Tiki, I had about a litre of prepared fruit juice leftover, so I’ve continued to make the drink from the Philippines. Even though I’m on my sixth or seventh one, the drink still has a peculiar property that makes me enamored with it. I’ve finally figured out one of the unique properties

Read More
Science

I’ve always like the idea of molecular mixology, but not necessarily the name or some of the end products. The name has been abandoned by most practitioners of the art, but the media refuses to move on. So be it, it’s just a name and if it promote’s better drinks / solids / foams / beads then that’s fine. Hence

Read More