Artificial intelligence (AI) has revolutionized many industries, and now it seems to be making a foray into the world of mixology. A recent TikTok trend saw users asking an AI system to generate cocktail recipes based on unusual names, resulting in drinks like “Grandma’s Revenge” and “Burning Inferno.”
However, while the concept may seem intriguing, the taste test results suggest that AI may still have some way to go in mastering the art of cocktail making. “Grandma’s Revenge” was described as tasting like “melted candy found at the bottom of your grandma’s handbag” and only received a disappointing 3 out of 10 rating.
Mob, a social media platform with 1.2 million members, asked the AI to create an alcoholic drink using a name he provided. In one of the videos, the TikToker requested that someone “create me a cocktail recipe based on the name Blazing Inferno.” The ingredients and directions to make the vodka-based drink were generated by the AI in a matter of seconds.
Line juice, simple syrup, triple sec, Tabasco sauce, and four slices of jalapenos are required for this beverage. The AI told the TikToker to add the items, minus the jalapenos, to an ice-filled shaker. He was then instructed to thoroughly combine the ingredients, strain the mixture into a rocks glass over ice, and garnish with the jalapenos.
This raises the question: would you be willing to drink a cocktail created by AI? On the one hand, there is something intriguing about the idea of an algorithmically-designed cocktail, which could potentially come up with new and innovative flavor combinations that humans might never have thought of.
On the other hand, there is something fundamentally human about the art of mixology, which involves not just the combination of ingredients but also the skill and creativity of the bartender. A great cocktail is not just about the taste, but also the presentation, the atmosphere, and the experience as a whole.
Moreover, there are certain aspects of mixology that are difficult to quantify and codify, such as the use of fresh, seasonal ingredients or the ability to balance different flavors and textures. While AI can certainly analyze data and identify patterns, it is unclear whether it can replicate the nuances and subtleties of human taste and intuition.
In conclusion, while AI-generated cocktails may be an interesting experiment, it is unlikely that they will ever fully replace the human touch in mixology. Ultimately, the appeal of a great cocktail lies not just in the taste, but also in the artistry and creativity of the bartender, and the social experience of enjoying a drink with friends and loved ones.