ITEM TWENTY FIVE: The Blue Rimmed Glass

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ITEM TWENTY FIVE: The Blue Rimmed Glass. To mark the beginning of summer, I filled my new blue rimmed glass with one of my summertime favorites, the Arnold Palmer and Jack, and headed into Old Town Albuquerque. Just off the crowded plaza I found this red bench for this photograph and quickly shot the cocktail as tourists milled about. As I walked back to the studio, the band in the gazebo lit into a spirited version of a Chuck Berry song in Spanish that was the perfect accompaniment for a beverage that is also made better by blending classic elements in unexpected ways.

ITEM SIX: The Coupe Glass

coupe-glassITEM SIX: The Coupe Glass. Sprung from the fabled history of Ancien Régime France, the Coupe Glass made it though the revolution, though its shape model famously did not. The Coupe is a staple for beverage photographers. Sadly, I recently heard a revolting story of the specific demised of the coupe glasses I left in New York, but fortunately I found a new set for 99 cents here in New Mexico. C’est la vie. Vodka, tonic and thick slice of orange photographed in the plaza in Old Town Albuquerque.

ITEM TWO: The Lowball Glass

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ITEM TWO: The Lowball Glass. For a quarter from the estate sale down the street comes my new lowball glass. With its heavy base, two fingers of Protestant whiskey, and the year and initials that lends itself to a fictional story, it is the perfect addition to the studio’s now two-item collection.

A Well Deserved Beeting

A Beeting : Cocktail

As a food photographer, not a barkeep I rarely make a drink recipe, but this is an exception worth sharing.

Challenged to create a potent cocktail that blends American roots with the elegance of Ancien Régime France, I have come up with something many deserve:  A Beeting

– One part chilled vodka

– One part chilled tonic

– A healthy splash of Small Word Food’s Ginger Beet Kvass

– Garnish with a slice of chioggia beet

– Serve in coupe glass

Vintage glass and barware ready to shoot

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Vintage glass and barware ready to shoot

A rainy afternoon in Virginia revealed a surprise and now I’m itching to try out my new source for vintage glass and barware.  Pre-prohibition cocktail shoot anyone? Art Deco dress and drink pairing? Adding the authentic element makes the photograph.