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High Spirits: 20 Inspirational Cocktail Photos

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Cocktails, as defined in 1806, are spirited beverages that are mixed with sugar, water and bitters. Martini is the first cocktail that was invented in 1862 but cocktails were popularized in 1920, when intoxicating drinks were banned by the National Prohibition Act. Despite this said Act, a huge American population continued to manufacture, sell and drink liquors by disguising the spirited drinks as colorful beverages. As intriguing as its history, appearance and taste, cocktails are also exciting subjects to photograph because of their vibrant hues and creative appearances.

(“Cocktails”) Chelsea Schroeder

One of the challenges of cocktail photography (and food photography in general) is achieving proper lighting to bring out the colorful shades of drinks. Food and travel photographer Sara Remington said in an interview (with cocktails expert Doug Winship) that it is best to use natural light when taking pictures of cocktails.

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(“Photography Cocktails”) Anatoly

However, there are also photographers who shoot cocktails on a studio setting, particularly those that are used for commercial and artistic purposes. Backlight is vital in this setup to enhance the shape of the glasses and to avoid flat-looking images. Here are a few more creative cocktail photos for your inspiration:

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(“Test Shoots”) Courtney Dawley

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(“Cocktails”) Chris Vincent

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(“5 O’clock Feta”) Angie Lazaro

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(“Carte Noire Cocktails”) Dmitry Zholobov

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(“Cocktails Plaza Athénée”) Remi SevenOne Three

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(“Baileys Cocktails) Alexander Zuev

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(“Sexylikehell Cocktails”) Studio 905

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(“Drink Photography”) Erin Nelson

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(“Cocktails”) Chelsea Schroeder

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(“Cocktails”) Chris Vincent

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(“Drink”) Marcelo Fuentes

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(“Tropical Gin Fizz Cocktail”) Michael Korcuska

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(“Julep”) Robert S. Donovan

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(“Try, Honor Oak Park, London”) Ewan Munro

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(“Cocktails”) Kirti Podar

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(“Pretty Margarita”) Bonita Suraputra

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(“Strawberry Margarita”) Rian0306

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(“Pear Daiquiri and Friends”) Thor

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As seen above, cocktail photos are commonly shot up close for a creative approach. Close up photos of cocktails give a magnified perspective of colors, translucency or thickness and texture of the subjects at hand. If you want to explore different kinds of spirited beverages without getting intoxicated, cocktail photography is a great alternative; yet again, a sip or two won’t hurt.

Capture your own inspiring cocktail photos and have it printed on a set of postcards, greeting cards or invitations. You can use these next time you host an event or house party – make sure to choose the online printing services that does the job perfectly!

Michelle is a Communication Major who researches on design inspirations and writes about print postcards, print sticker, brochure printing services and other printed materials. Off field, she travels to take photos, watch films or writes about just anything while sipping her favorite blend of coffee.

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1 Response

  1. Patrick says:

    Thank you for posting this! Awesome photos!