Contemporary Cocktail Culture with a Futuristic Twist

Would it surprise you to learn that the drinks of the future are available now? In some cases, they even look like a science project. From the iridescent cocktails popular in the Miami/South Beach area to the cutting edge stuff Chicago’s superstar chef-cum-mixologist Grant Achatz is infamous for. 

It’s true, bartenders around the country are pushing the envelope and experimenting with mind-bending drinks. It’s called molecular mixol

ogy. Achatz created a cocktail-filled ice balloon that once shattered spills into an old fashioned rocks glass. But while most of these creations should not to be tried at home, here are a few we recommend. —roz edward

Contemporary Cocktail Culture with a Futuristic Twist

Neon Berry Caiprinha

The drink glows in the dark — or even better — under a black light, thanks to the interaction of the blue curacao and the green lime juice. You can also add Illuzoon a natural colorant with an amazing effect: it glows under UV-light.

1 ounce Ciroc Citron vodka

1 ounce Blue Curacao liqueur

1 ounce lime juice

1 splash pineapple juice

 Also hailing from the Windy City, are iNG’s “flavor-tripping” entries in the new cocktail milieu. The establishment uses a “miracle berry,” a pill or powder derived from an African berry that alters your taste buds and turns bitter to sweet.

 The Nitrous Oxide – not so much high-tech, but it takes skill all the same. Contemporary Cocktail Culture with a Futuristic Twist

3/4 ounces Crown Royal

3/4 ounces orange liqueur (cointreau, grand marnier …)

Pour both ingredients into a brandy snifter. Tilt glass and flame the liquor. When flamed, cover it completely so no oxygen escapes (very important). You will feel a suction to the hand, pop your hand off, take the shot, and immediately cover the glass again so no oxygen escapes. Make a slight hole in between your index and thumb, and inhale as much as you can, and hold it. That is the Nitrous Oxide! 

Contemporary Cocktail Culture with a Futuristic Twist

In the Rocks – A new fashion Old Fashion in which the cocktail is injected by syringe into a hollow egg of ice, which you shatter and drink. Really?

Gin and Tonic of the Future      

Contemporary Cocktail Culture with a Futuristic Twist

Cocktail is served in a flask with a frozen sheath of lime juice around the outside.

Home Remedy

2 ounces double brewed coffee

1 ounce Flor de Cana 7 year rum

1/2 ounce Galliano Ristretto

Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain liquid mixture over three ice cubes made of milk and serve.

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