Bringing together over 35 of the city's top mixologists and chefs under one roof, Science World's marquee Science of Cocktails event has quickly become one of the hottest soirees in the city. Now in its third year, the charitable function aims to collect funds for the museum's class-field-trip program, which gives underserved kids in the Lower Mainland the chance to visit Science World throughout the year.
Last night's (February 8) edition absolutely smashed the organization's goal, hosting more than 1,500 guests and raising $276,695 in the process—the most the thirst-quenching event has managed yet. Guests were treated to imaginative cocktails of all sorts, each of them using crafty techniques like nitro-muddling, fat emulsification, and smoking, that illustrated the inherent relationship between mixology and science.
Standout sips included Kaitlyn Stewart's Switchel, an invigorating mix of bourbon, Fernet, apple cider vinegar, ginger, maple syrup, and orange; Ms. Better's Bitters' Expo 86'd, which uses vodka, spice syrup, smoke-and-oak and Cypress Bowl bitters, and clarified lemon juice; and Lavish Liquid's Pom-arita, a crushable combination of tequila, lime juice, and pomegranate syrup topped with a vegan foam that uses aquafaba instead of egg whites. Each drink also included a nearby food pairing from a number of restaurants and caterers, including Baodown, the Lazy Gourmet, and Showcase Restaurant & Bar.
In addition to the open bars and unlimited nibbles, interactive science demonstrations and cocktail throwdowns kept guests well entertained throughout the evening. And yes, as in previous years, there was plenty of dry ice to go around. Couldn't make it to yesterday's soiree? Scroll through the images below to see what you missed.
Presale tickets (starting at $125) for 2019's Science of Cocktails are now available online with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting Science World's class-field-trip program.