Can a Tuning Fork Improve Your Cocktail?

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There's a theory making the rounds that vibrations of the right frequency will cause the molecules in a drink to rearrange themselves in curious ways, thereby altering or enhancing the flavor.

The Keefer is the only place I'm aware of that's actually serving tuning-fork-blended cocktails, so I met there with several people, including David, Danielle, and a woman named Free Lee, who works at the bar and is also a somatic and energy therapist. In addition to its (possible) mixological applications, harnessing vibrations is a form of alternative medicine, in which tuning forks are placed on ailing people like acupuncture needles. (There's also a fledgling industry selling "vibration infused" beverages intended to improve health. An Ontario company called Wave Miracle Water, for instance, offers water with "vibrational encoding" in four wellness-enhancing frequencies.)

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13 Responses:

  1. Colin says:

    I also tried a series of blind taste tests—putting out three glasses of a spirit, then leaving the room while someone applied a tuning fork to a single glass. I was able to correctly identify which drink had been “tuned” approximately one-third of the time.

    this paragraph should've been the entirety of the article.

    • Pavel Lishin says:

      Sure, but think of all the people who would read it and think to themselves, "Wow! One third! That's really good, there must be something to this, I mean - what are the odds!?!"

  2. Brian B says:

    Can't believe I remembered this, but that's a Samarian sunset.

  3. 205guy says:

    For your files: Johann Grander water revitalization

    And Viktor Schauberger structured water via vortex

    Both Austrians as far as I can tell. New age water quacks are legion.

  4. John Bloom says:

    What have we learned about headlines ending in question marks?


    (Not the headline I know, but I couldn't resist)

  5. Landa says:

    While I'm here already, english is not my native tongue, so can somebody please explain to me what he means by "a properly tuned Manhattan was tastier and more luminous than a regular one"?

    Does he make his drinks with LEDs in them?

  6. Alex says:

    I'm sure I've seen this as a joke somewhere - possibly Douglas Adams?

  7. Richard says:

    True story.

    A very talented professional musician acquaintance came here to SF (where else, other than Oakland or Big Sur?) to attend (and be relieved spend hard-come-by cash at) a woo-woo vibrations course.

    "Did you know that the distance between the vertebrae in the spine is in exact proportion to the distance between the planets, which form a celestial chord?"

    But better even that was the story, relayed in full seriousness, of the vibrational cure by a course leader.

    Of uterine cancer.

    Using a didgeridoo.

    Applied to the lady parts.

    Cocktail infusion is child's play, a mere bagatelle to the frequentially adept.

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