Prototyping an election night drink: The Trump MKII

The Trump with a stabilized foam.

This presidential election cycle we are attempting to design two theme drinks that will be consumed on election night. Last week we determined the ratio of primary ingredients. This week we tested possible methods for giving the drink a frothy head to represent Trump’s trademark hair.

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Prototyping an election night drink: The Trump

Left to right is 4:1, 3:1, 2:1, and 1:1 ratios of orange sports drink to vodka.

Here at Doing Science to Stuff headquarters we are quite fond of themed drinks. For presidential elections we like to make two drinks, one for each candidate. We then take a sipĀ from the appropriate candidate’s drink whenever a state is called for that candidate. While we have a couple basic recipes in mind, there are some parameters that need to be fine tuned. In this installment we will be optimizing a ratio of ingredients for the drink to represent Donald Trump.

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Sear-iously Delicious Steaks

Raw Steaks

The passing of labor day may mean the end of grilling season for some, but that doesn’t have to mean an end to delicious steaks. Cooking an excellent steak comes down to three simple things: 1) a high quality piece of meat, 2) getting the correct internal temperature, 3) getting a good sear on the outside. We find that a good rib-eye steak passes the quality test, and sous vide solves the correct internal temperature problem. But what is the best way to get a perfect sear?
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