Cocktail styling and glassware research is the first step when creating the storytelling of a drink;
When it comes to cocktail styling and creation of recipes and decorations for our future winter recipes, to be photographed (as we do) and of course to be served to our guests, (as we also do) is definitely the funniest and the most challenging part of the experience for either the guest and the bartender, or the food stylist that is in charge to create stunning pictures is to “source the best good looking garnish” , that will tell our story, will express our imagination and the visual message hidden behind the idea of the drink!
Lots and lots are the shops out there, London gives you so much choice! but…
But is a good challenge to be a creative and breaking the boundaries of a commonly used dehydrated fruit, or the classic sprig of mint, try to use SALVIA (SAGE) instead (IN PHOTO BELOW)…and other decorations easy to find in every bar. My idea of storytelling when it comes to Cocktail styling, according to what we do and what we suggest you to do for your photos is to go cheap and do the best you can, baring in mind your desire of being creative and unique, but with an eye on the penny ! looking for what the neighbourhood has to give, what kind of flowers are out there, and how can we use them at best, creating a cheap alternative, sometimes spending less than zero!
For cocktail photo shootings, or for side-glass garnishes, pick-up plants from trees in the par
it’s cocktail photo shooting today for us! So we wanted to pick up all the beautiful orange and reddish things fallen from the trees, picked Christmas typical ilex aquifolium which is not to be considered as an edible garnish due to Its glossy green prickly leaves (read more here); most of the plants that I found this morning were good for a good sequence of images such as the Spicy pumpkin Latte that we will release soon this afternoon!! For some edible flowers I went to buy a good vase of edible violas at Petersham Nurseries, In Richmond Park, where I also enjoyed a relaxing walk, getting rid of the trees of a long week at work! (read more about my favourite spot at Richmond park) A vase of violas contains in this case, something like 50 edible flowers that can be used and re-used again if constantly picked from the top of the stem, and watered often ! we used violas for the photos of another cocktail I will soon show on the blog!
Buy a vase of edible flowers, instead of just a punnet of pansies from the shop!
Buy a little pot of planted edible flowers such as pansies or violas. A solution like this can be at least ten times cheaper than buying expensive edible flowers that comes in punnets from the fruit supplier, they actually cost you 5,00 £ circa per punnet… but here we showed a solution to have an actual plant that will give you more of those each time Mother Nature will let the blossom pop up again for you!
Limited budget? Buy your vessel and your glassware from charity shops and help others!
You can definitely consider to visit the charities around your neighbourhood and go extremely cheap when you have a limited budget and you have to create a good looking cocktail without going crazy with its actual final cost… this is what I found today at the charity shop at Richmond station! everything for less than 5 £ at with a good sense of social, there are more than hundreds in every boroughs in London, here’s the link to a blog post about the best charities organisations reported by TimeOut.