Happy Hour: Machine Tool Cocktails

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Wednesday, March 10 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Central

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Get social! Grab your favorite beverage, get comfortable, and chat digitally with MT colleagues about manufacturing related topics.You’re used to Making Chips with these guys. Now join them to make some craft cocktails and quality connections.

For this happy hour, Making Chips podcast hosts Jim Carr, Jason Zenger, and Nick Goellner sit down with IMTS Show Boss Peter Eelman. They’ll touch on industry updates, innovative solutions, and leave plenty of time for open discussion.

Whether you fancy tequila, dig bourbon, or just chug ice cold water, grab your beverage and get ready to relax and relate with your MT colleagues.

If you signed up by February 23rd, you should receive your Cocktail Kit by mail.  Please note, you will have to sign for this package. If you add this to MySpark planner after February 23rd, please check out the custom recipes from our MT experts and prep a drink to share prior to joining!  


'Machine Tool' Drink Collection:

Nick Goellner:  "Tapping Fluid on the Rocks"   

  • Woodford Reserve Bourbon
  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Luxardo Cherries

I'll use one large globe-shaped rock of ice as a tribute to our Rockford, IL HQ. (Fun fact: Rockford, IL has the most machinists per-capita of any city in the US!)
I will also use this great smoke infuser 

Jason Zenger "Dirty on the Factory Floor"  

  • Jeppson's Malort
  • Mezcal
  • Lots of limes
  • Simple syrup
  • Ginger beer
  • Crystalized ginger

The taste should remind of a coolant gone bad and that you need to call ZENGERS for a better recommendation.  Jeppson's Malort, a bitter herb wormwood drink, is a part of Chicago history. Anyone that tries it straight will get a round of applause on MakingChips for their incredible act of bravery.

Jim Carr: M98 "Noventa & Ocho"   

  • Tequila Blanco
  • Cointreau
  • Orange Juice
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Lime Juice

Inspired by Jim's passion for the Mexican culture, this subset is a new take on a classic Margarita.

Peter Eelman: "Machine Coolant Deluxe"   

  • 3 oz Half and Half
  • 1.5 oz Bailey's Irish Cream (or equivalent)
  • 0.5 oz Green Creme de Menthe
  • Splash of club soda

Fill an Old Fashioned glass halfway with ice.  Combine ingredients minus club soda in an ice-filled shaker.  Shake until cold and strain into the glass.  Add splash of soda.  It looks EXACTLY like machine coolant!  
If you like a grinding machine, you can garnish with nutmeg for swarf.  
If you are a lathe or machining center person, you can garnish with shaved white chocolate for chips! 

Conference: IMTS Spark Showcase

Type: Making Connections



  • Happy Hour