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Here Are Some AI-Inspired Cocktails For You To Try Out This New Year

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As we enter this new year, we are also looking at several new possibilities. Even in the world of cocktails, one can expect newer spirits, newer techniques and of course newer flavours. Thus, as a prep for what all can be expected in this new year, we have curated a social list of futuristic cocktails inspired by artificial intelligence. From matcha margaritas to smoked pineapple-infused old fashioned, there are a bunch of interesting (some slightly eclectic) blends of flavour combinations. If turmeric imparts its warmth and glow to a sparkler, then the signature hue of lavender marries berry in a smashing (and fizzy) combination. Read on for more:

Blueberry Lavender Fizz

First, you want to muddle some fresh blueberries. Don’t pulverise them. Just get them to release their juices. Next, add in 50 ml of Tanqueray No. 10 for its crisp, clean taste. Then pour in your homemade lavender syrup. It's not as fancy as it sounds; just simmer some sugar, water, and lavender together until it smells like a summer garden. Squeeze in some lemon for a bit of tang, and if you’re up for it, an egg white for smoothness. Give it all a good shake with ice, then strain it into a glass filled with ice and top it off with soda water. Give the lavender the credit it deserves by using a sprig as a garnish with a lemon twist, and you've got yourself a cooling refresher.

blueberry lavender fizz

Turmeric Tonic

Traditional tonics might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this one can impress a crowd. Gordon's Gin, 50 ml, meets its colourful match as you stir in 10 ml of turmeric syrup and add a fizz of tonic water. A lime wheel for garnish gives that citrus pop. It's like summer in a glass, with a twist of turmeric adding a bit of whimsy.

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Matcha Margarita

If you are planning to do some experimentation with the traditionally mild flavour of matcha, this could be a great option. Shake 40 ml of Don Julio Blanco, 1/4 teaspoon of matcha powder, 20 ml of agave syrup, and 20 ml of lime juice with ice. Strain into a salt-rimmed glass filled with ice for a unique take on the classic margarita.

matcha margarita

Spiced Berry Smash

Now, for the Spiced Berry Smash, lightly mash a mix of berries: raspberries, blackberries, or whatever you have on hand. These berries are the backbone of the cocktail, offering a rich, deep fruitiness. For the base, add 50 ml Talisker 10, for its robustness and smoky profile. The peaty notes of the whisky provide a backbone that pairs wonderfully with the tartness of the berries. Stir in honey for sweetness and a squeeze of lemon juice for some zing.

The gold tip here is a pinch of cinnamon and cloves, giving the drink a subtle spiced flavour. Shake it up with ice, strain it into a glass filled with more ice, and top it with Gordon’s tonic water for a final lift. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a few berries (frozen also works), and you’ve got a cocktail that combines a sweet summer breeze with the warmth of the winter sun.

spiced berry smash

Smoked Pineapple Rum Old Fashioned

What better way to enjoy the winter season than sipping on some great spirits! And if these spirits come with some fruity undertones then that's an added bonus. Drawing from the post-Christmas fervour, some smoked pineapple infusion sounds lovely. Muddle a brown sugar cube with a few dashes of bitters. Add 40 ml of smoked pineapple-infused rum and stir. Strain over ice and garnish with an orange twist.

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