Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about locally crafted beverages of many persuasions: beer, wine, coffee, spirits and more.
This Thursday evening (Apr 10, 6 – 9 pm) you’ll have the opportunity to sample local liqueurs and other beverages during the Museum of Life and Science’s “Cocktails & Cosmonauts” as part of the Museum AfterHours fun for the 21+ crowd. The museum invites us to celebrate mankind’s first trip into space and sample space-themed drinks from some local restaurants and distilleries, including The Brothers Vigalys and Mystic Bourbon.
I had the chance to sample Mystic Bourbon during the Science of Eats event at the museum earlier this year. I (really) don’t like bourbon, but I (really) like this liqueur. Based on a centuries old Scottish recipe, the liqueur has a bourbon base and is lightly sweetened with honey then blended with different spices, including anise, cardamom, vanilla and black peppercorn, creating a depth of flavor and lingering finish that left me yearning for another sip. The liqueur is lovely neat, but also works well in cocktails (and you’ll find some recipes here). Mystic Bourbon Liqueur is created in small batches in Durham and is available only in North Carolina. See the Mystic Bourbon website to find a bottle in an ABC store near you.
While you’re sampling the local cocktail selections (including frozen White Russians made with liquid nitrogen), make certain you explore the museum’s brand-new Launch Lab to test your engineering skills with rocket launchers, hover tables, and wind tubes. Also check out the cosmos in StarLab, the museum’s digital, inflatable planetarium. Don’t forget to create a memento of the evening and snap a selfie in the lunar photo booth. As always, food trucks will be orbiting the event to keep attendees nourished during their exploration of inner museum space.
Like the Mystic Bourbon Liqueur Facebook page and follow them on Twitter then do the same for the Museum of Life and Science (Facebook here and Twitter here) while you’re at it. That way you’ll always be well informed and never thirsty.