Science of Cocktails makes science both delicious and accessible

Amber Bruce won the cocktail competition for her riff on a Manhattan. Photo by Isabella Sarmiento for Science of Cocktails

There was ice and fire, CO2 and NO2, test tubes and copper tubing and all sorts of mysterious gadgets. Most of all, there was great food and drink in support of an even greater cause.

The city’s top bartenders gathered in February at Telus World of Science for the fourth annual Science of Cocktails event, where they demonstrated the myriad ways science contributes to cocktail culture.

The centrepiece of the evening was the cocktail competition, which was won by the Keefer Bar’s senior bartender, Amber Bruce, for her riff on a Manhattan: Bruichladdich the Classic Laddie, sweet vermouth, Bénédictine, bitters and aromatized sesame oil were nitro frozen then thawed in a glove, garnished with nitro-frozen brandied cherries and finished with Bruichladdich Port Charlotte vapour.

The sold-out event raised a total of $280,000 for the Class Field Trip Bursary program, which will allow over 9,000 kids from underserved schools to visit the iconic geodesic dome in 2019/2020. For more information, visit

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