Science of the Sesh 3.0
  • By Kate Nora
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  • 19th Aug 2019
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  • ★★★★

If you’re here at the Fringe for a good time, don’t let the word ‘science’ cancel out the word ‘sesh’. Summerhall Drinks Lab are back with another important contribution to the Edinburgh cocktail scene. After a combination of education and sensory exploration, you will leave with enough ‘fun facts’ to force your friends to stop inviting you on nights out.

This is the perfect event for anyone who drinks alcohol and misses the excitement of creating something in their high school science class.

Upon entering the lab, you will be presented with safety glasses, test tubes filled with coloured liquids and a drawer packed with intriguing utensils. Throughout the hour you will learn the history of ice, the chemistry behind carbonation and the trippy fact that different lighting can affect the flavour of what we consume. You’ll also get to drink (responsibly).

Greg, our host for the evening, took us through some of the key elements of making the perfect drink, giving us little taste tests along the way. He was extremely informative and what he lacked in performance style he made up for in clear passion for the subject. We made our own infusions using some of his home-grown plants and got participation badges for every correct answer to his mini pop quizzes. There is literally no better way to motivate people.

This is the perfect event for anyone who drinks alcohol and misses the excitement of creating something in their high school science class. The good news is Summerhall Drinks Lab hosts events in Edinburgh all year round! Checkout this Fringe setup and keep an eye out for information about their gin cruises on Union Canal.

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Science of the Sesh returns for its third iteration, as we delve into the wonderful world of boozy science! Join us (in probably the only lab you’re allowed to drink alcohol in!) for an interactive hour of delicious drinks with Scottish spirits. You’ll take part in fun experiments to teach you about how we use our senses to experience flavour, try delicious cocktails, and explore the history and science behind some of your favourite drinks. You'll receive a welcome drink plus three mini cocktails throughout the session.

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