Mixing it up with mixologists at the Peaks resort & Spa, Crystal Room and Deck, 7:30 – 11:30 p.m.

Intense geeks and high octane liquid refreshments. A potentially lethal combination. Nope. It’s a party. And for a great cause: bio-literacy for young people thanks to the Pinhead Institute.

The Pinhead Institute’s 2nd annual Science of Cocktails fundraiser features libations from some of Telluride’s best mixologists Join local master mixers from Honga’s Lotus Petal, M’s Restaurant, La Marmotte, Palmyra Restaurant, The Steaming Bean, 9545 Restaurant, and Trail Town Still at the Peaks Resort & Spa, Wednesday, June 27, 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. for an in-depth, interactive look at the physics, chemistry, and biology of cocktails and spirits.

It’s one intoxicating evening.

Trail Town Still in Ridgway, for example, features a peppermint martini with chocolate to demonstrate equal/opposite reactions. La Marmotte showcases an elixir using chemistry to create “cosmopolitan caviar.”  Joshua Geetter, Telluride’s local licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, is scheduled to be on hand to showcase his Chinese medicinal wines, spirits and elixirs. Someone even plans to make a drink with liquid nitrogen.

Attendees are asked for vote for the “Perfect Pinhead Potion” of the evening, a tough job, for sure but someone has to do it.

“Come support Pinhead and enjoy master mixologists shaken with the science behind their craft,” states Pinhead board chair and event chairwoman, Lindsey Welch.

“The Pinhead Institute believes strongly in supporting today’s students in the area of science education,” said Sonchia Jilek, executive director of the Pinhead Institute. “We are pleased to be able to provide kids fun, hands-on ways to explore their interests outside of classroom setting to show them just how exciting and fun science can be!”

All proceeds from this event go directly toward’s Pinhead many science educational programming initiatives: the esteemed (and life-changing) “Pinhead Internship Program,” “Scholars in the Schools,” the ever-popular summertime “Pinhead Punk Science” series, and so much more.

This year’s Science of Cocktails event also includes a silent auction. Bid on a unique shopping and champagne experience at Two Skirts, a trip in a stunt plane courtesy of Unusual Altitudes, a flight suit patch that was in space with Astronaut Joe Tanner, plus the option to break  bread with Tanner and his wife. Add to the bid list wonderful spa, hotel, and restaurant packages.

Tickets for The Science of Cocktails are $100 each for “Top Shelf” admission which includes first tastings, private presentations, and special appetizers. General Admission, $50, includes special drinks, gourmet desserts, dancing with DJ Soulatomic, who will put you into a wonderful “weird science” mood.

If you cannot attend, please support Pinhead Institute’s many programs by visiting its website, to make a donation. For more information, please call executive director, Sonchia Jilek, 970.708.7441 or email at

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