Smoke & Mirrors welcomes new head bartender – and his creative new cocktail program
May 31st, 2019
Acclaimed Singapore cocktail bar Smoke & Mirrors recently announced the arrival of a new head bartender – Spanish-native Jorge Conde. With 14 years of bar industry experience plus a background in graphic design – Jorge takes inspiration from art and creativity to conceptualize cocktails that feature surprising flavor combinations with visually creative presentation. Already an established destination for discerning cocktail aficionados, Smoke & Mirrors also attracts casual drinkers with its striking contemporary design and panoramic views across the greenery of the Padang that take in the iconic city skyline.
Describing his concept for the new cocktail program at Smoke & Mirrors, Jorge says “By using techniques such as distillation, preservation and fermentation, we are able to create unconventional combinations that will surprise and intrigue our guests. I find that people often have preconceptions about how a drink will taste, and I wanted to challenge those expectations with our drinks. While the presentation may appear to be simple, the flavour profiles are quite complex and layered, evolving as you enjoy the drink. As you may expect from the name, there is more than meets the eye.”
Under the title of “Illusions of Flavours” the cocktail menu is a curated collection of reimagined classic cocktails – elevated with advanced techniques that deftly combine artistry and chemistry. Among cocktails that exemplify the creative approach, The Heart of Vincent is an agave-based drink with sea salt, quinine, sparkling wine, and an edible succulent; while Robbery at The Museum is a playful interpretation of the classic Singapore Sling – adding sour cherry flavors, fermented pineapple and topped with a fizzy foam of aquafaba and soda water.
For the curious, QR codes are included in the menu with detailed information about the origin and preparation techniques for selected cocktails.
Smoke & Mirrors is located at #06-01, National Gallery Singapore, opening hours from 3 pm Monday to Friday, and 12 pm on weekends.
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Featured contributor Caris Cruz
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