Do you have your phone with you right now? Yeah, we thought so. Whether commuting or passing time before a meeting, a smartphone is our nigh constant companion. And according to Nielsen, Americans spend about 11 hours a day staring at a digital device of some sort, whether it's a desktop computer or a smartphone. That's a lot of time.
So it's important to curate our various social feeds to fit our interests -- and, for us, that means lots and lots of cocktails. And there's no better social platform for easy-to-browse drinks than Instagram, where you can find beautiful tipples photographed by professional bartenders, cocktail bloggers and amateur drinkers.
You can find everything from recipe ideas to get your creative juices flowing behind the bar (no pun intended) to what we like to refer to as "cocktail porn." C'mon: From the gorgeous glassware to the fresh fruit garnishes, cocktails are begging for a close-up.
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Elana, the curator of this Instagram feed, sure knows how to take an enticing photo of a cocktail. Fortunately, you can also find the corresponding recipes (and more) on her blog Stir and Strain (which also appears on Liquor.com’s DrinkWire). She covers everything from mixology to how to make posh cocktail ingredients like smoked ice. Plus, you get a little insight on what it’s like to be a drinks blogger, with a few gratuitous #foodporn shots thrown in for good measure.
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Ever considered using ingredients like artichokes, carrots or (edible) flowers in your cocktails? Whether you’re a pro or an adventurous home bartender, you’ll always find some inspiration from DrinkWire contributor and drinks blogger Natalie Migliarini of Beautiful Booze. She also posts corresponding recipes and write-ups on her blog, so if you see something that really catches your attention, you’re only a few steps away from having one of her drinks yourself.
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Yeah, yeah, the photos may not be on quite the same level as some of the other top drinks Instagrammers, but every single post includes a simple recipe. Think of it as your near-daily dose of cocktail, ingredient and flavor inspiration.
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Yet another meticulously curated feed, this Instagram account comes from the Brooklyn-based blog Brottle, which wants to make batched cocktails more accessible to everyone. There are dozens of recipes on the site that are teased on Brottle’s Instagram account. You’ll not only love seeing their posts pop up in your feed, but your friends will love you even more once you start bringing Brottle’s creations to parties.
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Love fancy cocktails, well-placed shadows and artsy photography? You’ll want to follow online magazine Punch’s curated Insta-feed ASAP. Unfortunately, they don’t include recipes with the photos, but it’s highly unlikely any drink you could make at home would look as good as these, anyway.
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