Mixology from Iconic Local Restaurants
Local restaurants present the science of mixology. During COVID, let's all support our local restaurants that are supporting us by offering take-out food & beverages.
Mildred's & Blue Gill Mojito
Ingredients: 2-3 oz. rum, 1 lime, about 2 fluid oz. sugar, 2 large mint sprigs, top with soda water
The science of the Mojito: For this cocktail, we talk about the proper technique for making a mojito and the science behind expressing the essential oils of the lime peel and the mint. The lime must be muddled dry with sugar, so that the sugar can act as an abrasive against the lime peel to release the essential oils in the lime peel. However, it is important not to muddle the mint leaves as muddling can break down the cell walls of the mint, which releases chlorophyll and can create a bitter or swampy flavor. Instead, smacking the mint on the palm of your hand and then putting it in the shaker creates a nice minty flavor.
Mildred's & Blue Gill Old Fashioned
Ingredients: 3 oz. whiskey, 1/2 oz. triple sec, 1/4 oz. cherry syrup, splash simple syrup, dash of bitters
The science of the Old Fashioned: For this cocktail, we discuss the technique and difference between shaking and stirring a cocktail. Shaking aerates drinks and changes their texture, while stirring chills without introducing air, providing a silkier texture. We also discuss the heat capacity of the vessel used for stirring or shaking the cocktail and how the material of that vessel makes a difference in the overall chilling time of the drink.
Mildred's Big City Food is currently open for take-out and is located at 3445 West University Avenue, Gainesville, FL, in the Westgate Regency Shopping Center. Parking is available in front of the restaurant. Phone: (352) 371-1711 Learn more at: mildredsbigcityfood.com
Blue Gill Quality Foods is also open for take-out and is located at 1310 SW 13th Street in Gainesville, FL. Parking is available in the Shands Parking Garage. Phone: (352) 872-5181 Learn more at: bluegillqualityfoods.com
Dragonfly's Ice Science & Twist on a Highball
The science of Ice: Learn about the science of ice and how crystal clear ice is made. Then. learn how to make the perfect highball.
Dragonfly Sushi & Sake restaurant is open for take-out and is located at 201 SE 2nd Avenue #104, Gainesville, FL 32601
Learn more at Dragonfly's website: dragonflyrestaurants.com/gainesville-florida/
To Order Carryout or Delivery visit: toasttab.com/dragonfly-sushi-sake-inc/v3
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