The Exploratorium’s signature fundraiser Science of Cocktails was last week. It’s as cool of an event as it sounds – basically picture your high school science fair, except all of the experiments are drinkable and made of booze.
Here’s some highlights….
Last year, I was lucky enough to hang out for a few days with the amazing Richard Betts, during his CreativeLive wine course. Richard is a Master Sommelier and all around wine and spirit guru who published the very fun book, The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert, which as it sounds, is a scratch & sniff book for adults to discover what kind of wine they like.
My favorite thing about Richard’s writing is how very simple he makes finding the wine (and now whiskey) that YOU like, instead of talking about what he prefers best or what the “experts” have deemed the most fabulous. Drinking, like most things in life, is subjective, and Richard has developed a system to explain what is out there and guide you toward your preferred booze.
The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All will be released on October 6, but you can pre-order your copy via Amazon(or your favorite local bookseller) today.
(image c/o Richard Betts’ Twitter stream)
Photos from our fun night with Hendrick’s Gin at the SF Fairmont Hotel last month. And yes, there was a giant, flying cucumber in the sky overhead and the San Francisco skyline was delightfully fog-free.
The giant flying cucumber is touring around for another month or so – more info at HendricksAir.com.
Giant flying cucumber – file under “Things you don’t see everyday.”
Later this week, a giant flying cucumber will be floating above San Francisco. The massive dirigible’s flight path will take it across the Golden Gate skies Thursday evening. We’ll be covering it from the top of a building – hopefully the fog will allow for a few photos!
The Flying Cucumber launches with a coast-to-coast trip from April to August, flying overhead Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, South Florida, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Ann Arbor, Indianapolis, and Chicago.
For a chance to win a ride aboard the airship, just snap a photo of the Flying Cucumber as it soars overhead and post it onto Twitter or Instagram using #HendricksGin & #CucumberChallenge. Don’t worry, if you unfortunately reside outside of the cucumber’s flight path, you can still enter to win a boggling array of other prizes by photographing any “unusual place” and posting it using the same hashtags!
Follow the misadventures and triumphs of Hendrick’s Air at HendricksAir.com, on Twitter @HendricksGin, on Instagram @HendricksGin, or on Facebook @HendricksGin (or check out the hashtags #FlyingCucumber & #HendricksGin).
Happy New Year geeks! Hopefully you’re nursing your New Years Eve hangover with a cup of coffee and thinking about what you want to accomplish this year.
Like many of us, I like to use the new year to set new fitness and health goals and this year I’m planning to keep an eye on how many calories I’m drinking – both alcoholic and otherwise.
The team at Beverage Labels create a helpful graphic that includes the amount of calories in some of the most commonly consumed alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.
NOTE: in order to make it easier to visually compare, the serving size for this graphic is 12 ounces, but that is not the recommended serving size for many of these drinks (particularly the alcoholic ones hehe).
Howdy Geeks! Quick round up of our 3 favorite home bartending sites for craft cocktail fans. Not all of these sites are focused on home bartenders (some are more industry focused) but they’re all high quality and inspirational locations on the web for boozy trends, tips and cocktail recipes.
What’s your favorite cocktail related site? (other than Geeks with Drinks of course!)
Happy Friday everyone!
After experimenting with various bottle types and sizes in the Geek kitchen, I’m excited to see what the guys at Studio Neat have come up with.
You can pledge at the $25 level to snag your own kit, just do it quick, their Kickstarter campaign ends September 19!
(Image via the Studio Neat Kickstarter, all rights theirs!)
As many of you might know, my “day job” is at a fun online education start-up called creativeLIVE. We produce video courses on a variety of content, including Craft/DIY. Next week, we’re holding a series of DIY classes, including one on Homemade Liquor Infusions and Cocktail Bitters with the amazing Genevieve Brazelton (aka the Bitter Housewife). The course is free when it’s live, so be sure to stop by next Friday afternoon (Nov. 8), from 12:45PM – 4PM PST.
In the course, Genevieve will cover both simple liquor infusions and step-by-step recipes for making your own cocktail bitters.
Also, check out this adorable promo video, seriously I can’t wait for this course!!