#ThirstyThursday: Smoke & Mirrors’ New Cocktail Menu Meets More Than Just The Eye

In fact, the bar’s progressive cocktails seek to engage all the senses

Photos: Smoke & Mirrors

The Playful Eye.

That’s what the folks at destination bar Smoke & Mirrors call its brand-new drinks menu. Herein begs the question: How playful are the spirits then?

Launched in November, the boozy series invites merrymakers to imbibe on 10 invigorating cocktails, carefully concocted to deliver complex flavours that echo the drinks’ corresponding tongue-in-cheek names.

“I’ve always been intrigued by how a chef would plate a cocktail if they were behind the bar,” said Head Bartender and the menu’s creator Yugnes Suselam. “For a year, my team and I researched unique flavour profiles and methods used by chefs who push culinary and imbibing boundaries.”

In other words, The Playful Eye is a liquefied and boozed up reflection of food, where drinkers can find ingredients such as milk meringue, gomasio of black sesame and salt, and even a red cabbage shrub in their blends.

So are the cocktails worth the one-year foray? Only one way to find out at Smokes & Mirror.

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Kurokawa ($22)

To mean Black River in Japanese, Kurokawa claims to boasts umami flavours with rausu kombu (seaweed) -infused vodka, shaken with gomasio (a condiment made from sasame and salt) and ponzu tincture for acidity. Look out for the drink’s garnish of tiny tomatoes and sea group for that complementary burst of tartness.

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