Normally, finding something floating in your drink would be cause for alarm, but in the age of 3-D printing, it's cause for wonder. Print A Drink is a new industrial 3-D printer that builds liquid objects within a cocktail by injecting individual microliter droplets in a preprogrammed pattern, creating basic shapes while basically blowing our minds. A printed shape jiggles but remains intact as you swirl the drink around it—and it’s totally potable.
The Print A Drink machine was developed in Austria, but it recently made its way to the U.S. thanks to a partnership with scotch distillery Auchentoshan. While we always enjoy watching a master bartender prepare a complex cocktail, watching the Print A Drink machine at work is even more satisfying. The printer’s long arm, which resembles something from an automated car production line, gingerly dips a long needle into a glass, then spits out droplets in rapid fire with shocking finesse for such a hulking mechanical device. The entire process takes less than 90 seconds for the most complex shapes.