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In this episode of Gastropodwe discover the cocktail's historical origins, its etymological connection to a horse's butt, and its rocky history, post-Prohibition. We also investigate the science of the perfect cocktail with culinary scientist Dave Arnold. He shared three tips with Gastropod that will improve your drinks and wow your guests. It might seem counterintuitive, but, in a world Mixo,ogist with fancy bitters and spherical ice makers, the thing your cocktail is missing is actually much simpler: Dave Arnold, the mixologist behind high-tech cocktail bar Booker and DaxNerd looking for mixologist this secret with Gastropod.
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Try this at home, by adding a drop of lime to a margarita, versus the full ounce. Similarly, at very low concentrations, salt doesn't register as a taste at all, but instead reduces bitterness and boosts sweet and sour notes in the food or drink you add it to.Swartz Creek Jocks Any Dudes Needed
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Nerd looking for mixologist, Arnold explains, when you shake a drink, it will get colder — and thus more diluted — than it would be after stirring. Because flavor perception, and sweetness, in particular, is blunted at cooler temperatures, a shaken drink needs to start mixloogist significantly sweeter than its stirred equivalent. Shaking also adds texture to a drink, in the form of lots of tiny air bubbles.
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Arnold washes drinks to remove flavors, rather than add them.
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Go dark. When the tea is dark enough, strain it from the vodka.
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If you look closely, you'll see that the vodka is still faintly cloudy. It still has some casein in it that hasn't agglomerated onto the curds. Take a spoon and gently move the curds around to mop up the extra casein. You should see the vodka get noticeably clearer, and the curds will get noticeably more distinct.
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Do the gentle curd-mopping several times, then let the vodka sit undisturbed for several hours to settle out before you strain the curds with a Cheating wifes filter Nerd looking for mixologist a coffee filter or just spin the stuff in a centrifuge right away, as I do. Combine all the ingredients, shake with ice, and serve in a chilled coupe glass.
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