A mastery of chemistry, like eating an entire platter of deli meats, can always impress guests at parties. Become well versed in the chemical arts with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get a Cocktail R-evolution molecular mixology kit from Molecule-R online (a $58.95 value). The kit includes the following:
- 50 sachets of five food additives
- Five pipettes
- Slotted spoon
- Set of measuring spoons
- DVD with 30 recipes
Founded by two Montreal-based culinary entrepreneurs, Molecule-R engages customers in the science of molecular gastronomy: a blend of food science, chemistry, and culinary arts. Each Cocktail R-evolution kit beckons its owner to experiment with popular mixology methods as each tinkers with the texture, appearance, and aura colour of juices and alcohols. Using five included additives—cold soluble gelatin, calcium lactate, sodium alginate, xanthan gum, and soy lecithin—budding scientists deconstruct up to 30 cocktails. Different sachets employ consistency-bending properties to transform liquids into gels and solids through spherification, jellification, emulsification, and thickening. All kit components, including DVDs, are French-English bilingual, and most sachets are vegetarian or vegan. Check out Molecule-R’s FAQ page for further details.