IG SPY: Cocktail Diaries
Cocktails – the sound of the word would make anyone salivate. We don’t know about you, but for some, the idea of an ice cold concoction of liquor with sweets and bitters makes ending a stressful day all worth it. For centuries, the human race has been making mixed drinks and it was only in 1806 that the word “cocktail” was used with the same definition we know today. So many businesses flourished and revolved around these colorful liquid mixtures. For some, it even became their passion and profession. There are so many kinds of cocktails that have been concocted over the years with a lot of varieties to choose from – from strong to sweet, spicy to bitter, delicious to absurd, there’s always a drink for any willing imbiber. But whether you drink or not (or not allowed to), looking at these colorful and interesting mixtures would always be fascinating.
Today on IG SPY, we searched for some interesting and inspiring cocktail feeds. Learn a thing or two about cocktails, use their recipes, and be in awe of some of the quirkiest Instagram feeds online.
Literally, his photos look really good enough to eat than drink! The photos are so amazing they can pass for a dessert or a table centerpiece. Managed by cocktail chef Matthew Biancaniello, former head mixologist of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Library Bar. His talent for creating cocktails from farm-fresh organic food has been the unique selling point of his creations. He uses ingredients uncommon for the normal cocktail palate. Cocktails range from Heirloom Tomato Mojito, Okra infused Novo Fogo Cachaça silver (green zebra heirloom tomatoes, lovage and garlic flowers), cactus-infused 123 Tequila with kumquats, fresh arugula inspired Roquette, or the revered sea urchin and squid ink alcoholic ice cream (yes, can you imagine?). Mathew is a self-taught mixologist. He learned just by reading cocktail books and experimenting on his own. He’s like a cocktail medicine man. Check out his out-of-this world creations and learn a thing or two about the many ingredients you see everyday but would not dare put in your cocktail.
Heading to a bar to get a good glass of cocktail usually costs an arm and a leg. Besides the expensive ingredients, more often than not you pay for the talent who made the recipe. Enter The Bottled Cocktail Community in NYC, a company that produces artisanal bottled cocktail recipes for 750ml bottles. We know, they are so far from us; we can only imagine and salivate on their drinks based on their photos. They make and publish videos of bottled cocktail recipes daily. Check out their account and visit www.brottle.com to get a daily dose. Who knows, you might just be able to absorb what they teach and tinker on some ingredients yourself.
Managed by Seattle based mixologist and a self-proclaimed home bar tender, Natalie Migliarini, her IG feed makes us want to pop a bottle of liquor and make use of that old Parisian shaker hiding in the pantry. What makes her photographs interesting is the artful and fun use of ingredients, from edible flowers, artichokes, to herbs and vegetables. She keeps a blog, www.beautifulbooze.com, and showcases over 200 original recipes and beautiful images of her creations. Follow her cocktail diaries as she whips up some of the most beautiful cocktail creations, and just hope you’re good enough to recreate them at home so you can experience their taste.
Curated by Los Angeles based writer and “cocktail maker” Elena, her four year blog, www.stirandstrain.com, has been a Finalist for the 2014 and 2015 Saveur Best Cocktail Blog. Her IG supports her regular blog entries and cocktail adventures. She calls Stir and Strain her scratch pad as she creates and tests new recipes to share to her readers. Follow her account and get amazing guides and regular booze news aside from her awesome concoctions and recipes.
PUNCH is an online magazine focused on wine, spirits and cocktails. Their curated feed showcases amazing photographs featured on www.punchdrink.com. Follow their entertaining feed as they tour us to different bars, back kitchens, and share stories (and recipes) about the art of libation.