For the last year, the live Science Cabaret that takes place in downtown Ithaca at Lot 10 on Cayuga Street has been graced by the amazing cocktail stylings of one Mr. Roland Coggin. For each event, he whips up a tasty topical beverage. He’s got catchy names for them, but he also goes above and beyond, researching the Science Cabaret topic and developing a drink that incorporates ingredients that relate to the science on display at the evening event. For instance, when Science Cabaret hosted an event about creative robots, Roland cooked up the HAL9000 cocktail and wrote a delightful introduction for imbibers. The ingredients in the HAL9000 playfully fit the acronym: Hendrick’s Gin, Aperol, and lemon juice, along with simple syrup, soda, and a hand-carved cucumber robot. Roland shares his philosophy on the art of tending bar, his favorite alcoholic concoctions, and the sensitive job of lending an ear to contemplative drinkers.