You might not splurge for them all, but here’s a glossary of the cool tools molecular mixologists and tech-savvy ’tenders use.
Smoker: A system like the new Stündenglass smoker, or the popular Smoking Gun, use wood chips to infuse smoky flavours into cocktails.
Rotary Evaporator: The rotovap is a piece of science equipment that can double as a bar-top vacuum still, deeply infusing flavour into small batches of liquid.
Carbonator: This isn’t your everyday Sodastream. The Drinkmate, Aarke, Bonne O and others will carbonate any liquid (including cocktails), not just water.
Centrifuge: Another lab adaptation, this apparatus clarifies juices and extracts by spinning them at super-high speeds. Bar star Dave Arnold created the Spinzall especially for bar use.
CNC machine: A Computer Numerical Control machine carves and embosses ice spheres, pucks and other shapes with lab precision.
Super chiller: An ultra-cold ethanol and water bath freezes liquids very fast, a trick bars use to make ice “balloons” and more.
—by Charlene Rooke