Now you can get a new kind of buzz from coffee. Researchers have found a way to turn used coffee grounds into an alcoholic beverage. In recent years, the industry of distilled spirits has put out a call for new beverages with different flavors created from unusual raw materials. To answer this call, some scientists examined the potential of used coffee grounds.
The Museum of Sex has opened its own cocktail bar with rotating artist-designed drinks, and one of the first is called Lickable Skin. It's meant to taste like kissing an older man who has just shaved and smoked a cigarette.
"I like to play with the notion of being awkward and the sensation of awkwardness," its creator, Dutch artist Bart Hess, told Hyperallergic. This is the first food art that Hess has created, although he said that he "always lets the material decide which discipline he will work in." The drink is part of his ongoing interest in liquids, which manifests in experiments with "slime art" (including in a Lady Gaga video), forming hot wax in water, and in videos like "Shaved," playing in the new bar.