“Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About our Everyday Deceptions speaks of mirroring functions in our brains that are important to anticipation. If we use one sense to anticipate another we may end up with convergence as we come to rely on the predictions.
Drastic illusions might happen when we consume highly abstracted foods. We seem to have 21 years of eating minimally abstracted foods until alcohol enters our lives. Things get wacky when you introduce fermentation, infusion, and distillation. 21 years of mostly correctly correlating olfaction and gustation becomes strange when the sweet aromas of a wine do not correlate to its gustatory structure because all its sugars were converted to alcohol. Our linguistic techniques for describing these experiences starts to break down.
So does a lot of the pleasure of drinking alcohol containing beverages rely on all this pent up convergence? is a cocktail a multisensory magic trick?”