Science as we know involves lots of interesting glassware filled with bubbling fluids, condensing, perculating, spinning and being pushed through tubes
A pan across such equipment establishes that we're in a laboratory.
When the pan ends with a scientist pouring the final product into a martini glass, adding an olive and drinking it, this is a Science Cocktail
. Often a subtrope of Mundane Utility
There can be the magical version of this trope, replacing the scientist with a wizard or witch. The Technicolor Science
becomes Technicolor Magic
, but looks remarkably similar.
Anime and Manga
Film - Animated
- In Gundam SEED, The desert tiger has many scenes where he makes coffee out of tubes and bubbling pots and whatnot.
Film - Live-Action
- In Corpse Bride, Elder Gutknecht creates a sorcerous variant.
- Jake Stonebender, from Spider Robinson's Callahan series, owns a Rube Goldberg contraption that looks a bit like a 50s movie doomsday device. Its sole purpose is to make the perfect cup of coffee.
- Magical version: Potion class in Harry Potter. Blending exotic things in a caldron and make a drinkable mixture.
- The machine that makes Three-Course Meal Chewing Gum in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory works this way.
- Coffee is produced this way in one episode of Breaking Bad.
- On M*A*S*H the still in the Swamp was originally this when it was first built.
- In one episode of NCIS, after spending hours manually distilling blood samples during a power outage, Abby uses the same apparatus to brew herself a shot of nonalcoholic whiskey.
- Star Trek: Enterprise. Captain Archer gets caught out on a covert mission to a pre-warp drive civilisation this way. He watches a woman create a liquid from her equipment, and asks in a hushed voice what it is. She give him a funny look as it's their version of a Spot of Tea.
- On the Looney Tunes short "Hot Crossed Bunny", Bugs Bunny threatens to blow up a Mad Doctor with a mixture of chemicals, but the scientist points out that all he did was prepare a chocolate malt. Bugs drinks it and declares, "I'm a better scientist than I thought."
- The introduction to the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon has Donatello fiddling with a complex machine that makes him a drink.
- One episode of The Simpsons features a fancy resturant where the food is "deconstructed," and drank out of test tubes, or eaten in bite-sized spheres.
- Molecular gastronomy / molecular mixology is the real life version of this; molecular gastronomy combines this with an aversion/subversion (depending on your point of view) of Cordon Bleugh Chef (the ingredients indicate the food shouldn't taste good, but it somehow does).
- Some modern fusion restaurants that don't necessarily have elements of molecular gastronomy in their menu still serve drinks in test tubes or flasks. This is a trend among modern Chinese restaurants, where it is known as "test tube juice" (usually consisting of mixed fruit and vegetable juices) and is served as a kind of dessert.