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Breaking Down the Bloody Mary

Science has finally confirmed what I already knew to be true: the bloody mary is one tasty beverage. And, there appears to be a scientific explanation for the deliciousness. An article on NPR’s Shots Health blog details one scientist and his work with the famous concoction that combines tomato and lime juices with Worcestershire sauce [...]

Better Drinking Through Chemistry

What good is all those fancy chemistry lab equipments if you can’t benefit humanity, say by improving our cocktails? Analytic chemist Neil Da Costa decided to dissect the chemistry behind making the perfect Bloody Mary: With gas and liquid chromatography, Da Costa isolated the wide variety of compounds that give the bloody mary its unique flavor. [...]