At this year's Tales of the Cocktail we got a glimpse into the "future" of cocktail trends: Tiki/Rum drinks, salt, inventive presentations, reinventing trashy drinks and new products like Solbeso (distilled from cacao fruit). Not too exciting really. What about the future where bartenders no longer exist? The future where machines know when we arrive home and pour drinks immediately. A future where vending machines sell packets of powder to which you just add water for an instant party. A future where you inhale vaporized cocktails. A future where cruise ships employ robots to shake, stir and pour. A future where you swipe your phone and pour a pint of beer or a glass of wine. Now that's a future we can all get excited about, right?