Artist and Chef Michael Cirino Makes Cocktails with Drones

Lifestyle website Per La Mente introduces us to a visionary and his curious flying process

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Everyone knows that waiting for a bartender to shake or stir your drink is a common annoyance associated with good cocktail making. Brooklyn creator Michael Cirino, boasting some serious Italian heritage cred, decided to change the game. As

lifestyle and culture hub Per La Mente would discover, that’s his MO. His culinary experience company A Razor/A Shiny Knife has long conceived and executed unexpected and unusual events, like serving a fancy lunch on NYC’s L train or organizing a 100-course meal for a discerning crowd. His latest endeavor, for which he built a gigantic bar that doubles as launching and landing pad, is making cocktails with drones.

“Drones have been exciting for a while,” Cirino explains to us, “but not many people get to touch them. This project was something that started out as a novel joke a couple years ago: How do we take drones and incorporate them into an event, an experience, or everyday life in a different way than just delivering packages or making a video?” Drones, of course, aren’t necessary for making a good cocktail but that’s half the fun here. Cirino’s recipe for a perfect drone cocktail is below—and no drone is required.

The Pilot

.5 oz lime juice

.75 oz ginger syrup

.75 oz Fernet-Branca

1.5 oz gin

Candied ginger

Stir all ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with candied ginger.

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Text contributions from Carly Pifer, photos and video stills by Sonic Highlark and Brittany NO FOMO