Cocktails are an expression of the ingenuity and resourcefulness of bartenders, distilling tasteful flavor combinations from the endless sea of spirits, mixers or garnishes at their disposal. And then there is the random cocktail generator recently unveiled at mod izakaya JU95 at Boat Quaywho throws it all out the window with reckless abandon, sprinkled with a healthy dose of fantasy and daring.
The experience is exactly what it sounds like: you approach a stand and choose one of three cocktail combos on the screen, each containing a different proportion of spirits and mixers. The gadget does its magic behind the scenes before burping a random drink (which still requires the help of a human bartender to prepare).
If it’s starting to look too much like everyone’s favorite online artwork – yes, we’re talking NFT (non-fungible token) art – that’s because it is. The mastermind behind the random cocktail generator is Singapore’s own TEZAREKT, an NFT marketplace centered around distributors of nostalgic old-school toys, also known as gachapons.
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Cocktails with NFT art
After all, hitting his NFT artwork on one of the forerunners of the NFT space is like putting a dollar in said gachapon. Cryptopunks and the Bored Ape Yacht Club are both notorious for creating digital art via an algorithm, which can either fetch millions of dollars (even in the middle of today’s crypto winter – a Cryptopunk just happened to selling for $2.6 million recently) or languishing in the Internet History, depending on which combination of attributes you snag.
Just like your cocktail at JU95 – we’re not sure exactly what a cocktail spiked with sake, salted caramel and bubblegum would taste like, but there’s someone who would eventually find out. We count nearly 10,000 cocktail combinations across the three options, ranging from EZPZ ($19.50 for one spirit and two mixers) to Get Rekt ($26 for three spirits).
Naturally, TEZAREKT’s house NFTs are also included in the deal as an additional digital bonus. In addition to – potentially – providing you with a digital twin avatar should the Metaverse become a reality, these “Tezareans” grant users other perks such as loyalty points, crypto cashback, and the ability to create his own bespoke drink as NFT.
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