Highlights of Science of Cocktail 2019

On February 7,  cocktail and food lovers in the city, including myself as a media guest, gathered at Telus Science World all in for a treat for creative cocktails and pairing gourmet bites. But more importantly,  we also learned about the chemistry, biology, and physics behind preparing these cocktails. Welcome to Science of Cocktails 2019!

Science World was turning into Vancouver’s largest cocktail laboratory, set up by the city’s most talented bartenders and renowned chefs from 35 bar stations and 14 food stations, showcasing special cocktail science activities, hands-on demos, and most importantly, creative and delicious cocktails and food bites.

This was a sold out event to 1500+ guests and raised $280, 000 for Science World’s Class Field Bursary Program, which will help over 9000 kids from underserved schools to visit the iconic geodesic dome in 2019/2020 by covering their entry and school bus fee.   Completing its fourth year, Science of Cocktails has raised a total of $946,000, enabling more than 23,000 kids from underserved communities to visit Science World.  The tickets are for sale now for the 2020 program, and it is easily going to be another sold-out event.

Science of Cocktails 2019
Science of Cocktails 2019
Science of Cocktails 2019
Science of Cocktails 2019
Science of Cocktails 2019
Science of Cocktails 2019

The program this year also included VIP Science Show, Science Demonstration, Cocktail Competition, and Silent Auction.

 

Science of Cocktails 2019
Science of Cocktails 2019
Science of Cocktails 2019
Science of Cocktails 2019

The Stations

Here are highlights of the stations that I really enjoyed:

TEQUILA & TONIC BUBBLE TEA

This boozy bubble tea is not your average bubble tea – blended with 1800 Tequila, Metta Natural Awareness beverages, Welch’s grape juice, and of course, tapioca pearls. The science here is always one of most fun devices at the event: the Laminar Jet!  You don’t get to see mixing cocktail in a jet stream everyday, do you?

TEQUILA & TONIC BUBBLE TEA
TEQUILA & TONIC BUBBLE TEA
Laminar Jet
Laminar Jet

COLADA DE MAIZENA

Mixed with Appleton Estate Rum, milk sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, cornstarch, the cocktail is inspired by the popular household drink in Columbia.

COLADA DE MAIZENA
COLADA DE MAIZENA
COLADA DE MAIZENA
COLADA DE MAIZENA

 

BATH BOMB G&T

A blue “bomb” was made with citric acid, sugar, and cornstarch frozen in liquid nitrogen and added to Queensborough Gin for a perfect G&T.

BATH BOMB G&T
BATH BOMB G&T – photo by @magmei

 

BATH BOMB G&T
BATH BOMB G&T

SMOKE OLD FASHIONED

The hickory smoke is infused in the classic cocktail, mixed with Jim Beam Black, Grand Marnier, demerara sugar syrup, and Fee Brothers Old Fashioned bitters.

SMOKE OLD FASHIONED
SMOKE OLD FASHIONED

BARTENDER BREAKFAST 2.0

Here they show us how a bartender would take for a boozy breakfast. I have heard of the “industrial night”, but never heard of a “industrial morning”. The cocktail features Bruichladdich, KIND granola bar syrup, chamomile, lemon juice, and finally clarified with milk.

BARTENDER BREAKFAST 2.0
BARTENDER BREAKFAST 2.0

PARALLEL 49 BEER STATION

PARALLEL 49 BEER STATION
PARALLEL 49 BEER STATION

FLEUR DE SEL

Salted cocktail anyone? This is demonstrated with blending Martini Bitter, blanco tequila, lemon juice, caramel de fleur de sel, egg white, and salted caramel meringue kisses.

FLEUR DE SEL
FLEUR DE SEL

CONCRETE WASHED CHOCOLATE NEGRONI

They use concrete-washed Campari, mixed with vermouth, gin and chocolate, which gives you a taste of minerality in cocktails.

CONCRETE WASHED CHOCOLATE NEGRONI
CONCRETE WASHED CHOCOLATE NEGRONI

DRILL SERGEANT SOUR

Here you can see a POWER DRILL in action. With the unorthodox mixing method, the cocktail features Stump Gin, mixed with egg white, lemon, and simple syrup.

DRILL SERGEANT SOUR
DRILL SERGEANT SOUR
DRILL SERGEANT SOUR
DRILL SERGEANT SOUR

PEPPERED BLUE MULE

Blended with pepper-infused Octavia Vodka, lime, Fentimans ginger beer, and syrup. Here you can see how spicy you can handle with a Scoville tester, and also a colour change of the cocktail.

PEPPERED BLUE MULE
PEPPERED BLUE MULE

EMPRESS GIN & TONIC

The ever elegant Empress 1908 Gin is blended with Red Bull tonic, citrus bitters and grapefruit slice – a great demo for cocktail infusion.

EMPRESS GIN & TONIC
EMPRESS GIN & TONIC

MACKEREL IN THE ROCKS

At the Peake of Catering station, we get to enjoy having mackerel infused in a broth, the oceanic flavour is also enhanced with kombu.

 

 

MACKEREL IN THE ROCKS
MACKEREL IN THE ROCKS
MACKEREL IN THE ROCKS
MACKEREL IN THE ROCKS

MINI VEVO BAO BITES

The tasty bao bite from Bao Down consists of bao bun, house made guacamole, vegan mayo, adobo braised mushrooms, Thai vinaigrette Asian slaw, mango, and panko crumble – a bite packed with a ton of flavours.

MINI VEVO BAO BITES
MINI VEVO BAO BITES

SHAPING THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM

Chef William Lew from Notch 8  presents us sleek looking spheres made with quark cheese and smoked sunchoke.

SHAPING THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM
SHAPING THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM

The VIP Lounge:

VIP Lounge photo by Isabella Sarmiento
VIP Lounge photo by Isabella Sarmiento

SEEDLIP MELON “MARTINI”

It’s Seedlip’s 2nd year at the event and this year their science show is the flavour caviour created with molecular gastronomy. The Melon “Martini” is topped with melon juice caviar and tasted rather refreshing.

Seedlip non-alcoholic cocktail
Seedlip non-alcoholic cocktail

N2O RAMOS

This Boodles Gin cocktail also features flavours from  lemon, egg white and  orange flower water. And the science behind it is the showcase of making flash nitro cocktail, and it is quite delightful to watch.

N2O RAMOS
N2O RAMOS
N2O RAMOS
N2O RAMOS

 WALTER CAESAR

This classic cocktail is blended with Walter Caesar Mix, Roots and Wings vodka, spices, and charred herbs. I enjoyed the smokiness from the charred herbs for the extra aroma and flavour.

 WALTER CAESAR
WALTER CAESAR
 WALTER CAESAR
WALTER CAESAR

 

NÜTRL FLOAT

Enjoying an ice cream float using NÜTRL Vodka, Fertimans soda, and sake kasu is definitely one of more memorable moment of the evening.

NUTRL FLOAT
NUTRL FLOAT – photo by @magmei
NÜTRL FLOAT
NÜTRL FLOAT – bar team from PidGin
NÜTRL FLOAT
NÜTRL Vodka

VEGAN CHARCUTERIE STATION

It’s great to see the vegan options here, what a refreshing healthy idea!

MUSICIAN PERFORMING AT THE VIP LOUNGE

The WINNERS

This year’s winner are:

Best Dish

SCIENCE OF CHEESE BURGER by Aubrey Pingitore (Parallel 49 Kitchen)

Aubrey Pingitore (Parallel 49 Kitchen) for BEST DISH
Aubrey Pingitore (Parallel 49 Kitchen) for BEST DISH – photo by Isabella Sarmiento

Bartender Competition Winner

Amber Bruce

Amber Bruce, Bartender Competition Winner
Amber Bruce, Bartender Competition Winner – photo by Isabella Sarmiento

 

Silent Auction

There were prizes in gourmet gifts, luxury vacation packages, and various lifestyle experiences donated by sponsors that were on the silent auction,  contributing to the total proceedings of the fundraising event.

 

Finally…

What an incredible time and I’m looking forward to Science of Cocktails 2020!

 

 

 

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