Goodbye glassware – a Bristol inventor has created the world’s first levitating cocktail

The Levitron: the cocktail machine uses sound waves to suspend droplets of alcohol which you can lick out of the air

Bristol-based inventor Charlie Harry Francis could put Willy Wonka’s lickable wallpaper to shame.


He has already whipped up glow-in-the-dark ice cream and edible mist but his latest creation is The Levitron, a contactless cocktail machine.


Giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "hands free", the invention uses ultrasonic sound waves to float drops of drink which you can suck out of the air.


However, as the droplets are so small, the cocktails have to pack a powerful punch with just a few licks equating to an entire cocktail. 


So far Francis and Bristol University professor Bruce Drinkwater have created a levitating gin and tonic and a Bloody Mary, but they aren't stopping there.


Francis told The Telegraph: “It’s a fun idea, obviously, but it’s also got practical applications – if you think about the elderly or people who are ill, a machine that can feed them could be very useful.”


They inventor, who runs the food inventions company Lick Me I’m Delicious, hopes to adapt the idea to food next, starting off with popcorn and working up towards an entire roast dinner.

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