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Designer Drinks: Cocktails for the Design-Minded

We all have our go-to drink orders at our favorite spots. They might be more traditional or slightly exotic, depending on your sensibilities, the establishment, and the mood. But recently, Shutterstock’s creative team started wondering what cocktails would look like if they could give them a twist of design influence.

With the help of our resident mixologist, Tim Littlefield, we got into the spirit, so to speak, and came up with these appropriately themed takes on popular libations. Next time you have a thirst to quench, try fixing yourself one of these design-themed drinks. Who knows, maybe you’ll eventually find them on the menu at a bar called Oblique.

#FFFF Russian

2 oz vodka
1 oz Kahlua
Hand-whipped cream

Add vodka and Kahlua to cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into chilled coupe and top with a generous spoonful of whipped cream. White space is an essential tool for any designer, so it only makes sense to give it a place in your drink repertoire, too.

Lemon Dropshadow

1 chilled shotglass filled with ice-cold vanilla vodka 1 lemon wedge coated in granulated sugar Shoot the vodka, then suck on the sugar-coated lemon wedge. Think of it as the taste equivalent of creating a gradient. Or juxtaposing contrasting elements to create designs with unexpected results. Vodka GIFlet

2 oz Gin 1 oz Lime juice 1/2 oz simple syrup 1/4 oz St Germain Add ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds and serve up in a chilled coupe. This is the perfect example of how a splash of color can brighten up simple concepts. Plus, there’s a lot to be said for thinking green.

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Do you have a design-inspired concoction of your own? What would be a good name for a bar catering to designers? Raise your glass and tell us in the comments, below.

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