The Sunday Independent - - SUNDAY MAGAZINE - | The Wash­ing­ton Post

LIKE most of the smart­phonewield­ing planet, my at­ten­tion span th­ese days lasts about as long as a pop rock on the tongue.

In this im­pulse-driven world, it’s no sur­prise that cock­tails, too, have to com­pete for our at­ten­tion. Many of th­ese grab­bers are vis­ual – drinks with elab­o­rate gar­nishes that make for In­sta­gram cat­nip, lur­ing cus­tomers to bars to be­come the 10000th to snap a shot of the cock­tail that smokes, changes colour or slaps your date when he sug­gests you or­der the salad.

Not all at­ten­tion-grab­bers are purely for the eyes, though. Among my favourites are drinks that keep your at­ten­tion once you’ve started sip­ping, through flavours that evolve from your first taste to your last.

One of the best and eas­i­est ways to do this is by get­ting funky with ice, a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of most drinks – the wa­ter for di­lu­tion, frozen to pro­vide chill. But wa­ter isn’t the only sub­stance that can freeze and grad­u­ally re-liq­uefy. By in­cor­po­rat­ing other in­gre­di­ents into your ice cubes, you can cre­ate cock­tails that evolve over the time they’re be­ing con­sumed, ward­ing off palate fa­tigue.

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