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Cocktail Physics
2011-12-01 05:47:40

Ever wondered how your martini maintains its crisp and balanced taste, or why a manhattan remains clear if stirred but turns cloudy when shaken? In this month's edition of Physics World, Naveen Sinha and David Weitz from Harvard University reveal all, describing how some top-end bartenders are ditching trial and error for a more measured, controlled and scientific approach to the art of cocktail making. The authors explain how techniques borrowed from physics laboratories — such...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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