How to make a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (on Earth)

We're missing more than a few ingredients on this planet to make the infamous cocktail from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy — unless someone has a reserve of Arcturan Mega-gin they're not telling us about — but this enterprising young man has concocted a recipe that may give Earthlings a semblance of the drink… » 12/04/13 6:20am 12/04/13 6:20am

The world-changing scientific discovery that's in your cocktail right…

There's nothing that shows the good, the bad, and the weird outcomes of science quite like quinine. If it weren't a centuries-old cure for the world's most feared disease, a lot of people would be dead, a lot of other people wouldn't be dead, the sun wouldn't have risen on the British empire, and your cocktails would… » 10/19/12 12:20pm 10/19/12 12:20pm

The new economics of getting sloshed: using game theory to choose your…

Bars across the country are implementing a market-based pricing algorithm that automatically adjusts the cost of drinks from minute-to-minute, based on the ordering trends of its patrons. If the bar is selling a lot of cocktail A, the price of that drink increases. If sales on beverage B are down, the cost of the… » 9/25/12 7:30am 9/25/12 7:30am

The first alien abduction story was also the weirdest

You might not think that Syfy's Warehouse 13 was influenced by alien abductions in particular — but Warehouse 13 writer Deric Hughes was obsessed with stories about UFOs and abductions, growing up. We caught up with Hughes and he told us how his UFOlogy obsession influences his writing. » 9/07/12 9:58am 9/07/12 9:58am

Whip up futuristic cocktails using dry ice and fireballs

This week on the io9 show, we explore the science of cocktails. Oh, who am I kidding? Basically, we get drunk and play with dry ice and fireballs — thanks to our special guest, 2012's bartender of the year, Russell Davis. He shows us how to make a Douglas Adams-inspired drink called "the big red button," and then… » 8/31/12 11:00am 8/31/12 11:00am

Soak Your Head With The Greatest Cocktails From Science Fiction

After a long week of conquering the stars — which may seem like decades to a stationary observer — you deserve a stiff drink. Luckily, science fiction has a huge selection of bizarre cocktails, from the Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster to the Flaming Rum Monkey. Sure, some of them may be poisonous to humans, but that's… » 5/09/08 11:25am 5/09/08 11:25am

The Drunk Driving Curse Of Lost Examined

What is it with the stars of TV's Lost constantly getting nabbed for drunk driving? Is it yet another curse of the mysterious Island, or are conditions so boring in Hawaii that the actors just sit around with a bottle in hand when they aren't filming? » 11/26/07 3:15pm 11/26/07 3:15pm