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Smoke & Mirrors unveils new art-inspired cocktails

Singapore-based rooftop bar Smoke & Mirrors has released the second instalment of its signature cocktail menu: The Real Art of Drinking Volume II.

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Beyond the Canyon is one of 16 drinks on the new cocktail list

Smoke & Mirrors is located on top of the National Gallery Singapore.

The Real Art of Drinking Volume II is composed of 16 new drinks that stem from artistic inspiration.

Eduardo Zamora, bar supervisor, commented: “With Volume I, conceptually, we deep-dived as we were in the best position to showcase art through the exhibits and paintings within the National Gallery. But art is not just about paintings and exhibits, there is more to it than meets the eye, and we felt the same is true with craft cocktails, and took inspiration from the art.”

Zamora led the menu’s creation, alongside senior bartender Wong Wee Siong. The menu displays an interactive multi-sensory cocktail series, while paying homage to the bar’s home in National Gallery Singapore.

The menu comes with QR codes to allow guests to learn about the stories behind the famous paintings that inspired the drinks. Influential artists include Liu Kang, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, and Choo Keng Kwang.

The menu is divided into sections: Contrast, Movement, Balance, Unity, Pattern, and Focus. Drinks include Light & Shadow, from the Rhythm section, made with a gin base, coffee fernet, Luxardo cherry and orange bitters.

Mel Chavez, assistant bar manager, said: “During Covid-19, the team was inspired by walking through the gallery and understanding the paintings. This time, we collaborated extensively with the gallery on their permanent collections.

“We researched, learnt of the principles of art that are applied to each work, and we translated that into the cocktails we created.”

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