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Chefs Preview Surface Tension-Based Cocktail Garnishes 33

Posted by samzenpus
from the drinking-science dept.
carmendrahl writes "Last fall, MIT researchers made news for developing two bioinspired cocktail toppers-- a moving cocktail boat and a floral pipette-- in collaboration with James Beard Award-winning chef José Andrés. Both the boat and floral pipette operate by taking advantage of surface tension-- either to propel the boat forward or to keep small drops of liquid inside the flower's petals. Some of those early garnishes were nominally edible. But to make them worthy of a restaurant debut requires balancing of flavors, temperature, density, and alcohol content, among other factors. Here's a look inside Andrés' company ThinkFoodGroup to see how the project is coming along. The toppers aren't available to the public just yet."
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Chefs Preview Surface Tension-Based Cocktail Garnishes

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  • There are numerous advantages to science classes to take place in bars. Top argument would be the increased interest.

    • by ackthpt (218170)

      There are numerous advantages to science classes to take place in bars. Top argument would be the increased interest.

      Science applied to make your choice of intoxicant more fun is always a plus.

      Generally, when I've done something with a drink in a pub, which confounds and amazes, I proclaim "It's SCIENCE! Drink up!"

      Cheers!

      • Or as my english teacher said as she poured everyone another Johnny Walker: Drink up! That's liquid culture!

        • by jimshatt (1002452)
          So did my Kindergarten teacher.
          • Well, believe it or not, (probably not if you're from the US) but school can be quite relaxed if students are past legal drinking age.

            I don't know how other schools handles it, but ours had a tradition of out-of-school meetings/party/BBQ with students and teachers during the last two years of school. Not too exciting if you know that we were around 19/20 then and a legal age of 18 for alcohol consumption.

        • Or as my english teacher said as she poured everyone another Johnny Walker

          I don't doubt it.

      • There are numerous advantages to science classes to take place in bars. Top argument would be the increased interest.

        Science applied to make your choice of intoxicant more fun is always a plus.

        Yea, but if your choice of intoxicant needs to be made more fun, you're not doing something right.

  • by ackthpt (218170) on Monday January 13, 2014 @01:36PM (#45942065) Homepage Journal

    Back when I was a kid there were these little toys you could put in a bowl of water, add a drop of vegetable oil to and watch them zip around until the surface of water molecules and been evenly overlaid with a uniform layer of oil.

    I see petals, blooms or leafs drop into pools do this at times while out on a hike or in a park.

  • When food is so readily available we can afford to set aside a small amount of it for trim and decoration, it's just not that tough out there.

    Think how many present countries and/or past civilizations would stand mouth agape at our excesses.

    Good times.

    • When food is so readily available we can afford to set aside a small amount of it for trim and decoration, it's just not that tough out there.

      Think how many present countries and/or past civilizations would stand mouth agape at our excesses.

      Good times.

      Dude, it's just raspberry jello. I kind of get your point, but Jesus H, Debbie Downer, better remember your position next time you eat any little thing you didn't absolutely need.

      • Jesus_H._Mary_and Joseph~It's an ability to reflect on the statistical likelihood of being born in an epoch of history where I wasn't rounded up by the Baron's men for swordplay against some neighboring Baron's men.

        The raw probability of arriving to raise a family in such a time and place of peace and plenty.

        You know, grateful.... not hateful.

    • by retchdog (1319261)

      anything beyond milk, potatoes, and a multivitamin is unnecessary luxury.

    • by PPH (736903)

      Food availability isn't an issue of lack of supply. Its about production and distribution in the middle of some paramilitary pissing match.

  • HAHA. I'm sure these cute little toppers will be available to the public once the technology is patented and licensed.

    (yes, this post is a troll)

  • This will go over really well in the Capitol of Panem.

There is no opinion so absurd that some philosopher will not express it. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero, "Ad familiares"

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