Now more than ever, companies are making it easier to experiment with molecular gastronomy at home. The company Molecule-R sent us its Margarita R-evolution ($30) kit, containing the special chemicals and tools needed to create margarita spherification shots. What the heck does that mean? Spherification is the process of taking a liquid and encapsulating it in a jelly-like form of itself so that the outside is a gelatinous shell and the inside remains liquid.
We read, reread, and even thrice read the recipe before attempting anything, then rolled up our sleeves and hopped to it. Complete with precise measurements, illustrations, tips and tricks, and troubleshooting, the guide fooled us into confidently thinking, "We've got this!" We filled the cute little silicone mold with mango juice, citrus liqueur, and calcium lactate and popped it in the freezer. So far so good. But find out if they turned out right.