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

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 3:20pm10/19/12 3:20pm

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

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 10:30am9/25/12 10:30am

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 2:00pm8/31/12 2:00pm

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 2:25pm5/09/08 2:25pm