One Part Spirit, a Twist of Science

by Julian Ryall

drinkFollowing molecular gastronomy is molecular mixology — the bizarre practice of the not-quite-cocktail where spirits and science clash in an eye-catching explosion of taste.

With a gentle roar, the glowing blue flame of the slim blowtorch briefly singes the delicate sprig of fresh thyme before it is angled across the rim of the classic martini glass. The drink—crushed cumquats, premium vodka, splash of lemon juice, topped with aromatic thyme—is complete.