I say surprisingly because this seminar is going to be amaaaaaazing. Some things I'm researching to demonstrate in the seminar include:
- Making natural food coloring to use in drinks
- Early carbonation technology and can we make a drink that fizzes instantly like Alka-Seltzer? There is going to be a lot of carbonation stuff, including ways to get better carbonation out of cocktails
- Clarification and filtration techniques from milk punch to carbon filters to chill filtration, to remove color and/or flavor from spirits and other ingredients
- Cocktail foaming agents and alternatives to egg whites- everything from glycerine to gum arabic to Irish moss
- Early distillation techniques
- Cooling reactions without ice
- Making cocktails without ice inside the shaker using the rock salt method like ice cream
- Insulation using old ice house techniques
Basically, it's basic science meets arts-and-crafts meets awesome.
I'm not sure what form many of the demos will take yet, but think big. I already have two lab assistants lined up to help.
So go buy your tickets, bring your camera, and maybe wear a raincoat.