McHenry County College offers ‘Molecular Mixology’ March 15

Interested in learning the science of making the perfect mixed drink?

Join the Liebman Institute for Science Innovation at McHenry County College for “Molecular Mixology: Dilution 101” on Friday, March 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the college, 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake.

Chicago’s own Machine: Engineered Dining & Drink is bringing its expertise to MCC for the workshop, led by expert mixologist and beverage director Aneka Saxon. Attendees will learn how to dilute mixed drinks to obtain maximum flavor and enjoyment.

The class begins by making the perfect Old Fashioned, considering surface area, proof, and ice melt rate. Next, attendees will delve into sweetness perception and ice size to create the most flavorful Mai Tai, and later will use flavored ice and progressive dilution to achieve the peak flavor of a Red Sun. Finally, participants will have the chance to create their own innovative original using their new knowledge and techniques.

Registration is required and costs $65 per person or $120 for a couple. Each session is limited to 32 participants for maximum immersion, so early registration is encouraged.

The event is the first in LISI’s “The Science Behind It” series, which offers observation, discovery, and immersion into some of the most cutting-edge science topics.

As part of the series, participants will have an opportunity to hear from widely acclaimed experts in their fields, across a variety of topics.

Upcoming events include “Winetasing: Flavors and Red Blends” on April 5 and “Winetasting: Chards and Charcuterie” May 17.

All registration information and more information about LISI can be found at

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