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12 cocktail bloggers to follow

You’re following Crock-pot cooks and Instant Pot aficionados. You can’t stay off the IG feed of your favorite dessert bloggers. But something’s missing, and that something is booze.

Yes, there are entire blogs devoted to alcoholic libations, and you needed them in your life yesterday. Trust us when we say there ain’t nothing wrong with getting your cocktail on. You work hard. Who would begrudge you a little grown-up spritzer at the end of the day?

To help get you started, we tracked down some of the best cocktail bloggers to follow in 2018. So, cheers!

A Bar Above

Pineapple brûlée cocktail? God, yes. Husband-and-wife team Julia and Chris Tunstall are the boozehounds behind this informative blog. As a career bartender, Chris knows his stuff, and it shows in everything from the cocktail recipes featured on the site to discussions about mixology.

While A Bar Above was likely created primarily as a resource for professional bartenders, you’ll fancy yourself one when you start whipping up libations like the haymaker and the peach unicorn.

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If absinthe and pineapple work well together, and rum and pineapple work well together… why not try all three? Oh, and I have this blowtorch…⠀ ⠀ The Pineapple Brûlée⠀ 1.5 oz Dark #rum (We used Havana Club 7 year)⠀ 1 Bar spoon #Absinthe⠀ .50 oz Lime juice⠀ .75 oz #Pineapple syrup (See below)⠀ Garnish: Spear ofBrûlée⠀ ⠀ 1️⃣ First, make the Pineapple Syrup:⠀ Add 1 cup of pineapple (cut into small chunks), 1/2 cup of water and 3/4 cup of sugar to a small saucepan. Bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Fine-strain and allow to cool completely.⠀ ⠀ 2️⃣ Then, prep your garnish: Brûléed Pineapple:⠀ Take 1 spear of pineapple and coat it with sugar. Hold the pineapple spear with a long wooden skewer (recently soaked in water) and use a blow torch to brûlée the sugar until it lightly caramelizes.⠀ ⠀ 3️⃣OK now make the drink!⠀ Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and fine-strain into a Coupe glass.⠀ Garnish with your prepared pineapple spear.⠀ ⠀ 4️⃣Spend the rest of your evening making more of these pineapple spears and eating them because they are SO GOOD.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #instadrink #cocktailoftheday #drinkstagram #craftcocktails #garnishgame #craftbartender #mixology #cocktails #madewithtopshelf

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Craft & Cocktails

You’ll come to Ashley Rose Conway’s blog for the booze. And you’ll stay, well, for the booze — but also because the photos of said spirits are straight-up dreamy AF.

In Conway’s own words, her aim with Craft & Cocktails is to create “original, seasonal & approachable cocktails to make at home.” So, if you’re looking for libations that will blow the minds of your BFFs at your next get-together, consider this blog your cocktail bible.

The Gin Queen

Anyone who describes themselves as “three parts woman, one part gin” sounds like good people to us — a suspicion that can clearly be confirmed by the fact Caroline Childerley has chosen to share her love of gin (and the best cocktails made using it) with the rest of us.

While her Insta feed features more lifestyle content, you can find an entire section of her blog devoted to beautifully boozy drink recipes, like Meyer lemon margaritas with rosemary-infused simple syrup.

Cooks With Cocktails

Friends Julie Kinch and Debbie Fraser don’t have the largest social media following yet, which boggles the mind if you spend any amount of time on their blog. These moms, cocktail creators and recipe testers serve up seriously amazing drink inspo on the regular (not to mention drool-inducing food recipes, too).

Their style is unpretentious and fun but to the point — they know how busy life is! And this isn’t just “mom fare” either. These women take chances at the bar, and it pays off big time. Bacon-infused vodka, anyone?

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Raspberries are probably my favorite berry and they are so damn good in this vodka sour! This beauty is made with a raspberry and thyme shrub (homemade and very easy), vodka, and limoncello! Bet you can't have just one! ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ To see them on the blog: https://www.cookswithcocktails.com/raspberry-limoncello-vodka-sour/⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ingredients⠀ RASPBERRY THYME SHRUB⠀ 2 cups raspberries (frozen or fresh)⠀ 1 big handful of fresh thyme⠀ 1 cup apple cider vinegar⠀ 1 cup sugar⠀ FOR THE VODKA SOUR⠀ 3 oz limoncello⠀ 1 oz vodka⠀ 1/4 cup fresh raspberries⠀ 1 oz raspberry thyme shrub⠀ 2 oz lemon juice⠀ 2 tsp egg white⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #cookswithcocktails #entertaining #drink #cocktails #gather #foodandwine #drinkcocktails #FBCigers #buzzfeast #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #dailyfoodfeed #huffposttaste #saveur #food52 #f52gram #bonappetite #tipsybartender #myfavoritecocktail #raspberrycocktail #vodkasour #classiccocktail

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Bit By a Fox

If cocktail-ing were a degree, Prairie Rose would have a doctorate. In addition to formal training at Wine & Spirit Education Trust, this LA-based cocktailista has mastered mixology by slinging drinks in restaurants and bars all over the country.

You can expect her blog to deliver on some of the hottest at-home drinking trends, as well as profiles of different distilleries and industry experts around the world.

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Ok, it’s 82 in Los Angeles today but I can’t help but embrace the flavors and smells of fall. It’s chilly at night, guys! This Argentine Yerba Mate Harvest Spritz with apricot, maple, sparkling hard cider and Argentine Yerba Mate tea is so many of my favorites this time of year. Who’s building the bonfire? I’ll bring the drinks! Head to the #bitbyafoxblog to get the recipe. #YesToYerbaMate #Sponsored . . . . . . . #eaterdrinks #f52grams #feedfeed #imbibegram #imbibe #instacocktail #instadrinks #driiiiinks #draaaaanks #cocktailporn #liqpic #craftcocktail #cocktails #mixology #drinks #booze #igdrinks #igcocktail #drinkstagram #thisislosangeles #la #losangeles #lalaland #igers #igersla #wheream_I_la #sayyestoyerbamate

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Drinking with Chickens

If the fact that Kate Richards’ blog is called Drinking with Chickens doesn’t make you like her instantly, we probably can’t be friends. As for Kate, we’d love to be her BFF and sit in her garden, getting sloshed while surrounded by live poultry.

Farm fowl aside (although, really, who doesn’t love chickens?), Kate kills it on the blog with stunning recipes for cocktails like spiced fig lavender smash and the suburban jungle bird.

Moody Mixologist

Considering New Hampshire native Amy Traynor is a professional photographer, it comes as no shock that the photography on her blog is pure perfection. When she started experimenting with spirits and crafting her own unique concoctions, she decided to combine her two passions by creating this recipe-heavy blog.

If you’re the type who likes to get straight to the point, you’ll love Traynor — and especially her Instagram, which features cocktail recipe after cocktail recipe after cocktail recipe. You get the point.

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. S m o k e & H o n e y . Here’s a cognac cocktail I recently had the pleasure of creating for a couple’s engagement. An oxymel is basically the granddaddy of shrub syrups – a blend of vinegar and honey infused with herbs or other botanicals. To celebrate the occasion, I used champagne vinegar and infused the syrup with orange peels. . I’m sharing this Old Fashioned riff today to help @megthebartender celebrate her birthday! 🎉 Share your OFs today and use the #oldfashionedmeg to join in the celebration! 🥃 . 2 oz VSOP cognac (I used @remymartin) .50 oz Amaro Nonino .25 oz orange champagne oxymel 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters 2 drops saline solution Vanilla bean . Smoke a rocks glass with a vanilla bean. Stir remaining ingredients with plenty of ice until chilled. Place a large cube in the glass and strain cocktail over cube. Garnish with a vanilla bean and a carnation, if desired. . 🥃 Glassware by @theelancollective . 💎 Clear ice thanks to @wintersmiths . . . . . #cocktails #coctel #craftcocktails #mixology #drinks #drinkstagram #happyhour #booze #imbibe #cocktailporn #feedfeed #homebartender #cocktailart #imbibegram #photooftheday #liqpic #artofdrinks #darktablemood #cognac #oxymel #oldfashioned #smokedcocktail #clearice

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Thirsty Camel Cocktails

We love pretty pictures. We love booze. We especially love pretty pictures of booze (that we’ll hopefully soon be imbibing), and Carla Camerieri over at Thirsty Camel Cocktails does a bang-up job of sharing a steady supply of adult beverage inspiration.

Plus, her posts are always insightful and easy to read, which is the icing on the cake. Or the cherry on the cocktail, as it were.

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Today's Poetry in a Glass post looks at three traditional haiku poems about autumn, and the way in which their simplicity causes us to reflect on the seasons and the passing of time. The cocktail blends the maturity of Bluecoat Barrel Finished gin with the depth and sweetness of a late-harvest riesling and the spice and bitterness of Bigallet’s China China. Blackstrap bitters intensify the autumn flavors even more and add a distinct molasses note. Follow the link in my profile to read more. Cheers everyone. Happy Monday and Happy October! 🐪🎃🌕 —————— Autumn Evening ——— 1 oz Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin 1 oz Chateau Ste. Michelle Sweet Riesling 1 oz Bigallet China-China 2 dashes Bittercube Blackstrap bitters ——— Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir until very cold. Strain into an old-fashioned glass. Express an orange peel over the drink, twist, and garnish. Enjoy!

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Stir and Strain

Has your home bar seen better days? If so, you need Stir and Strain in your life. Host Elana Lepkowski forever has the 4-1-1 on the best bar trends and must-have accessories — not to mention the most on-trend alcoholic beverages.

In addition to posting her own distinctive recipes and adaptations (she has an entire collection called the “Low Rent Cocktails”), Elana also posts riffs on the classics.

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If you can't get to a campfire tonight, why not toast some marshmallows with a blow torch and make a cocktail?? #partner⠀ ⠀ I've got a Kerry Gold Campfire Cocktail for you all tonight (right there 👇) combining smooth, chocolately @kerrygoldirishcream, amaro, BEER and just a slight mist of smoky Islay Scotch. And duh, toasted marshmallows! It's all the goodness of sitting around a campfire without those pesky mosquitos and bears.⠀ ⠀ Kerry Gold Campfire Cocktail 🔥⠀ ⠀ 2 oz Kerry Gold Irish Cream⠀ .5 oz amaro⠀ 2-3 oz Smoked Porter Beer⠀ Mist of a Smoky Islay Scotch⠀ Marshmallow⠀ Dash cinnamon⠀ ⠀ In a mixing glass, combine Kerry Gold Irish Cream and amaro over ice. Stir to chill 20 seconds. Pour in beer and stir gently to combine. Strain over fresh ice into a double rocks glass or large stem glass. Mist scotch over the top of the cocktail. To garnish, spear a marshmallow on a cocktail pick, set over the glass, ignite with a kitchen torch or long match, and sprinkle cinnamon on top (watch for sparks!). Blow the flame out and enjoy!⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #stirandstraindrinks #21andup

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Plants Don’t Wine

We can all agree that combining houseplants and alcohol into one blog is genius, right? Plants Don’t Wine’s Traci has come up with quite possibly the most inventive concept for a cocktail blog, and we’re not ashamed to admit we’re unabashedly obsessed.

Think of it as a two-fer: You get to bookmark recipes for delicious adult libations while also learning how to keep your houseplants alive. See? Genius.

 

Beautiful Booze

The name of the blog pretty much sums it up here — at Beautiful Booze, you will, in fact, find beautiful booze. Host Natalie came up with the idea to start the site when she got frustrated by the lack of recipes for the at-home bartender. While plenty of cocktail bloggers have since sprung up, she’s had time to build an impressive arsenal of drinks to choose from on the blog.

Bonus? She’s a consummate traveler, so you can feed your wanderlust while you quench your thirst.

Arsenic Lace

It’s simply impossible to visit Arsenic Lace and not feel happy. The entire blog feels like the backdrop of some ephemeral dream — one in which the booze is vibrant and free-flowing.

Although Natalie Jacob covers more than just cocktails on Arsenic Lace, she boasts enough alcoholic treats to qualify for inclusion on our list. Plus, we’ll honestly use any excuse to get a quick pick-me-up from her page.

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