As popular as gin is among Drunken Scientists, as a group, we would best be described as liqurious. Gin makes a good interview solvent, but so is vodka, whiskey, tequila, beer, wine….
Favorite gin I like Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray. I’ve been hearing rave reviews for Hendricks. Grey Goose or Belvedere. Although, I’ve read a NYT article that does a blind tasting and rates Smirnoff as their winner!
Favorite gin drink That’s a tough question. By far my favorite is the gin and tonic. However, if ordering/making a cocktail with a clear liquor, I tend to shy towards vodka. Although in the summer I have been known to partake in a “girlie” coktail or five (pina colada or a daiquiri out of a shaker). That doesn’t make me less manly, does it? And this is just between you and me … right? [sorry, doc, it’s not! ~ LiquorUp] That being said, I am a whiskey man. Scotch. Bourbon. Rye. In that order. I’ve currently got a nice 14 yr Oban open. Delightful.
Gin is described here. Can you describe what you do? I am a bioinorganic chemist. That long name means I study how metals bring function and beauty into biological systems.
Your research distilled I have two research projects: (1) I am making metal-modified ATP molecules that I hope will be used as anti-cancer drugs (2) I am re-engineering a protein so that it can be used to convert carbon dioxide into more useful chemicals (methanol, polymers, etc).
What are you serving? I teach general chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and am currently teaching a general education course covering the chemistry of cooking.
Gin or vodka martini? Vodka martini. I know. I know. This makes me a horrible person. I like my martini’s dirty. It kind of defeats the purpose of the gin.
I never drink anything stronger than gin before breakfast. ~ W.C. Fields