Top 10 food and drink trends for 2018

Hi-tech cocktails

Bartenders are a restless bunch. In a bid to create exciting new experiences for low attention span Londoners, some of the top mixologists in the capital have been seeking inspiration from science and technology, successfully weaving both into their serves.

Last year Jamie Jones launched London’s first augmented reality cocktail menu – Mirage – at the Michelin-starred City social in the capital’s financial heart. 18 months in the making, the list took inspiration from iconic artworks through the ages, from Van Gogh’s wheat fields to Tamara de Lempicka’s Art Deco portraits.

To be taken to another drinking dimension, all guests had to do was aim their smart phone at the cocktail’s coaster, which would trigger the artwork to come to life on their device.

Taking things a step further, in November scientists at the University of Singapore developed a virtual cocktail that digitally simulates multisensory flavour experiences. They did so by adding scent cartridges and micro air pumps to the base of the glass, allowing users to create their own virtual flavours, smells and colours to enhance the existing ones in the drink.

And if that wasn’t impressive enough, LED lights on the glass can change the colour of the cocktail, and two silver electrodes on the rim of the glass give off salty, bitter and sweet tastes when the drinker touches them with their tongue.

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