MolecularDrinks.info | If you like cocktails then you’ll love molecular drinks. We stock a selection of molecular mixology kits that include everything that the modernist bartender needs to start exploring a new world of edible cocktails, alcoholic caviar and flavoured foams. These kits are great for gatherings - you can give your guests a goodtime anytime by surprising them with great cocktails. This is all about having fun and experimenting - what can possibly go wrong?
Molecular mixology (or molecular gastronomy) does not have to be fantastically complicated I order to get interesting results. Do not be put off because you’ve seen Heston Blumenthal on the box doing crazy food-science with expensive gadgets – with these kits and a few perfectly ordinary pieces of kitchen equipment you will be able to create something special.
What is Molecular Mixology?
We think of the discipline as a fusion of art, science and gastronomy. All chefs/bartenders use science when they work, they just might not be aware that they are. With molecular mixology the science aspect is more obvious because some of the additives are mysterious substance with very “chemical” sounding names. This does not need to be intimidating – one molecular cocktail everyone will have tried is the humble vodka jelly, but if you rename the jelly as a Sodium Alginate Hydrocolloid it can be a bit more intimidating! Molecular Drinks are techno-drinks! Most of the recipes and kits focus on altering the texture and not the taste of the cocktails – the spirits and mixers are usually the ones that you would always use for making a particular cocktail. By playing with textures – making solids out of drinks the cocktails can be experienced in different ways, which might not alter the taste but it will alter the experience. The art aspect of molecular bartending comes from the fact that bubbles, foams , gels and spheres do not look like a regular drink – so that allows you to layer and present the cocktails in entirely novel ways.
Molecular Mixology Kits
The cocktail kits are designed to have everything you need (not spirits and mixers) to create a handful of permutations on a standard cocktail. For example the Molecule-R kits (mojito, cosmopolitan and margarita) each give you three molecular permutations that can be combined or used separately. The three methods (foam, spheres, caviar) are chosen because they are the standards of modernist bartending and mastering them is a great foundation for beginners. The kits assume you have no experience of bartending or of modernist gastronomy, so everything is explained in simple step-by-step instructions. You'll learn as you go with teh help of moleculardrinks.info For the science geeks – or those that want to understand a bit more about what is going on, there is an explanation of the science behind the drinks – but even without knowing WHY you can still DO! There is overlap in the contents of the three kits specific to a cocktail – so if you really want to explore the world of molecular cocktails better to but the full cocktail kit, or even purchase a molecular drinks recipe book after you’ve played with the first kit.
The molecular cocktail kits are great gifts and are ideal for anyone that is interested in getting started, but they are limited in their scope and are not really intended for the molecular bartender. We will be stocking a range of ingredients for professional bartenders in the quantities that they need. The kits all include enough to get some practice and the amount will vary but expect to be able to hold a few cocktail parties from each kit. The ingredients in the kit are all pre-measured and in sachets but if you buy them loose or in bulk then you’ll need some accurate scales to get reproducible results from your cocktails. The minimum accuracy required is 1gm so ensure you have either digital or top-pan balances that can do this before re-stocking with non-portioned ingredients. Most of the ingredients are from vegetable sources and even though they might have some very technical sounding names, they are mainly just vegetable extracts. All of the additives have E numbers associated with them so you can check up the data for specific sources.
In our blog we have recipes for you to try out. Some are simple and need no specialist equipment or ingredients, others are designed for people that have tried out a mixology kit and want to extend themselves a bit further. We are always looking out for ideas, so feel free to get in touch if you have a recipe that you’d like to share. We are always trawling the internet for new ideas and inspiration and anything god that we find we will share it via twitter or our Facebook page. Contact us via those channels if you’d like a molecular drink recipe/idea/event promoted – we can be very obliging!
Learn Molecular Mixology and Become Your Own Bartender:
There are a few tips shown here that you can follow to mix wonderful cocktails at home.
- Information about molecular mixology is the key. The more that you know about this, the better able you will be to make the right decisions. Research is the key and therefore you should first look online because that is where all the information is. You can also join some online forums and take part in the discussions taking place so that you share cocktail mixing experiences with the other people. Most modernist bartenders think of themselves as pioneers and are happy to share their new discoveries. When things don’t work out for you – looking on a forum for help and asking a few question can often give you plenty of answers.
- There is often no single correct answer or recipes look around a bit and you’ll find there are more options than there are types of schnapps! Reading a few sample recipes will give you a feel for what is best – but don’t be shy about trying something totally different. When something works for you then share what you have discovered. I know this sounds a bit geeky – but take notes of any changes you make to written recipes, there is nothing worse than making the perfect molecular cocktail and then finding you cannot replicate it.
- Make sure that you have the right equipment at home. For example, you need a blender, a cream whipper, and a funnel. These are just a few of the basic equipment that you will need. If you are e experimenting at home, you do not have to open a chemistry lab in the kitchen. Keep it simple and you will whip up something great for the tongue. The molecular mixology kits have most of that you need, but two useful additions are an immersion blender and a cream whipper – both of which have plenty of uses beyond molecular drinks.
- If you do not know how to start, just look for the videos online. Many people have taken the pains to post molecular mixology videos on the internet just so that they can assist other people. You should make use of such videos. We are constantly watching youtube to get ideas for recipes and techniques.
- Be experimental. Mixing cocktails need not take much money. You can try as many ingredients as possible, but always remember that the basic principle is that they have to be compatible (ideally) with the alcohol. There is a great DIY aspect to molecular mixology and gastronomy – quite often there are workarounds for the expensive kit that you don’t have. Some are totally against skimping on the ingredients; I take a slightly more pragmatic approach and have no issue with using Tescos budget gin when I am trying a recipe for the first time. More info sourced from moleculardrinks.info.
Search here for some molecular mixology recipes and tecniques. I have also found a few useful pdf's for you help here and here
Cheeky Monkey has a selection of kits, cookbooks and molecular gastronomy ingredients but what we can offer is just a tip of the gastronomic iceberg! Here are some other resources thatyou might find useful:
Gastronomy Blogs and resources:
There is nothing that can beat the ramblings and opinions of enthusiastic amateurs! You can rely upon food bloggers to ask the same questions that you're thinking and hopefully find the answers for you. Food blogs are also the best place to find an honest review of a recipe or molecular gastronomy kit. Unlike sites that make money from selling the kits, food bloggers wouldn't pull punches with their reviews. These are some of the food blogs and gastronomy sites that I enjoy the most. There are also some more dedicated professional sites, which I've listed on the gastronomy kit page - but they can be a bit more technical and “dry”, the ten sites below are certainly more fun to read!
- Cooking for Engineers
- Cooking Issues
- Seattle Food Geek
- Jet City Gastrophysics
- Plum Palate
- Ideas in Food
- Sous Vide Cooking
- Alinea at Home