A scientific approach to the traditional cocktail
The concept started with a quest to find a brunch mimosa that was elegant and retained the beauty of the bubbles in sparkling wines. When fruit juices were added to the sparkling wine, the wine was clouded by pulp. We started experimenting with using various sodas instead of fresh fruit juices. This eliminated the cloudiness left by the fruit pulp; however, the added soda made the drink too sweet or left an unnatural taste.
Inspired by Dave Arnold's book, "Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail", a.k.a mixology was born. Using a scientific approach and modern technology, a.k.a mixology's homespun juices reduce the time and effort in crafting perfect cocktails, while enhancing the flavors in fruits and vegetables provided by Mother Nature. No more cutting, muddling, and straining to craft the perfect cocktail. Just add alcohol and ice, stir and pour. It's that simple. Make the perfect cocktail every time with minimal effort.
Our juices are fresh, natural and spun with love in small batches. We can help you customize mixers just for your establishment.
About the Owner
Alicia Kim, a former process engineer and high school physics teacher, is a food and drink enthusiast. She likes to take pleasure in finding out how things work and to unwind with cocktail or two. A.k.a mixology combines her love for science and entertaining.
Manon's Shared Kitchen, LLC
8309 Research Blvd,
Austin, TX 78758
Zodiac Cherry Tonic
Zodiac Cherry Vodka, a.k.a tonic, topped with soda water. Photo by Austin Pixels.
What is clarification?
Clarification is the process to make a liquid clear by removing suspended solids. Natural fruit and vegetable juices have suspended particles that allow light to scatter in random directions, causing a murky appearance. Gravity filtration is time-consuming and will not remove finer particles. A centrifuge can accelerate the rate of sedimentation by applying a rotational force many times greater than that of Earth's gravity.
Spinning at high speeds comes at a cost. The act of spinning creates heat due to air friction, which can alter the flavor of the juices. The Old Spinster is equipped with refrigeration prevent the juices from overheating.
Why use clarify juices?
According to Dave Arnold's book, "Liquid Intelligence", clarification alters the texture of drinks by removing solids and reducing body, an aspect of cocktails that is often overlooked.
Arnold also states that clarification not only looks good, but is also necessary for good carbonation. Clarified juices will reduce foaming, or frothing, when mixed with carbonated water by reducing nucleation sites for the CO2. Think about how much faster it will be to make mimosas?
It's centripetal motion, it's rotational bliss.
The Old Spinster applies 4000g's of force to separate the suspended solids from liquids.
Our clarifying technique produces a clear, almost colorless fresh juice. We hand juice the citrus to order. Clarified juices are sold in convenient 750mL screw cap bottles with no added sweeteners or preservatives...what Mother Nature intended.
Unpasteurized clarified citrus. ~LIME~LEMON~ORANGE~GRAPEFRUIT
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~We will work with you to create a custom drink mix for your bar or restaurant.
~"Artisanal Grenadine" - All natural, hand-crafted in small batches using 100% pomegranate juice. A balance of flavors without artificial colors and flavors. You can taste the difference.
~ "Tonic Syrup" - Handcrafted with cinchona. No HFC's here. Just add soda water to the syrup for a delicious tonic water.
~"Botonic Syrup" - Artisanal, handcrafted tonic syrup infused with botanicals. Just add soda water to the syrup to elevate your gin and tonic.
~"Almond Orgeat" - Artisanal, handcrafted using real almonds and pure cane sugar. This syrup is essential for adding a nutty flavor to cocktails such as the Mai Tai. Use it to sweetened coffee, tea, and or add sparkling water for a refreshing nutty drink.
~"Pecan Orgeat" - Did you know the Texas state tree is the pecan and was designated the health nut of Texas in 2011? Made with roasted pecans and a little bitter orange peel, this handcrafted syrup can be used to give your cocktails a Texas twist. The syrup adds a bit of praline flavor to your favorite beverage or cocktail. It is also delicious on pancakes and ice cream.
~"Gomme Syrup" - A very concentrated simple syrup used in classic cocktails. Use this syrup sparingly to sweeten and soften the alcohol's flavor while adding body to a drink. The result is a drink that has a silky texture and full mouthfeel. The syrup can be used in salad dressings as an emusifier and sweetener.
Acids are becoming the new bitters for cocktail artists. The four elements of a cocktail is a balance of alcohol, sugar, acidity, and bitterness. Our acid solutions are packaged conveniently in 2 oz. dropper bottles. Adding a few drops of acid to your cocktail can balance the acidity without changing the flavor.
~"Champagne Acid" - A solution of tartaric acid and lactic acid. Used to mimic the taste of champagne.
~"Pucker up" - Malic Acid solution. Use to mimic apple tartness. Malic acid is more tart than citric acid and should be used sparingly in cocktails.
~"Brighten up" - Citric Acid solution. Use to mimic lemon tartness. The flavor of citric acid can add a sour note without having to introduce citrus juice.
~"Tart Temptress" - Tartaric solution. Use to mimic sour grapes. Tartaric acid can be used to adjust the pH in cocktails while delivering a tartness.
~"Just add salt." - 20% Saline. 2 oz. Refills available. Add a couple of drops to enhance the flavor of the cocktails.
~"Pump It Up" - 2 oz. empty bottle with fine mist spray nozzle. Fill with your spirit of choice. Spritz on top cocktails to give an aromatic sensation without changing the cocktail or use to coat the interior of the glass with liquor.
Wild Hibiscus Flower Co. Extracts and Syrups
We are proud to be an authorized distributor of the innovative Wild Hibiscus Flower Co. The products are hand-made lovingly in the Land Down Under using the best of what nature has to offer to make products naturally vibrant and intense in color. Use them in cocktails, baked goods, sauces--the possibilities are endless.
~"b'LURE Butterfly Pea Extract" - Mad Science Bartenders? Add magic, aka chemistry, to your cocktail by performing acid-base (ABC) titrations right in front of your customers. The all natural concentrate will change from blue to royal purple to pink with changing acidities. Add the extract to a pH neutral substance (water, clear spirits, or milk first), then add your acid (citrus juices, etc) to lower the pH and observe the color change.
~"Hibiscus Flower Extract" - With its natural vibrant red color, use this extract like a bitter in your favorite beverage to an intense mixed berry-type taste. Put that Red 40 in the trash, the flower extract can also be used as a natural coloring for cooking and baking.
~"Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup" - Beautiful, delicious and versatile edible hibiscus flowers. The vibrant crimson flower and syrup will add a mixed-berry type flavor to your food dishes, cocktails and other beverages.
~"Heart-Tee Blue Tee" - 100% pure butterfly pea flowers. This mild tasting tea has an intense blue color that changes to purple to pink with varying levels of acid. The flowers are a very high source of anthocyanin antioxidants. Drink it or use it in cocktail infusions or to make color changing ice.
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