Connecting Design with Mixology

Photo courtesy of Potter Style

The wonderful world of cocktails has become even more fanciful thanks to Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook, published by Potter Style. Blogger/stylist/designer extraordinaire, Kelley Lilien, has combined her repertoire of talent and taste to create the ultimate visual guide to the art of cocktails in the form of a swatch book. Recipes are organized into four different sections: blended cocktails, mixed cocktails, and punch-bowl cocktails. Patterns help visually classify the sections and make for a lovely display when fanned out. It’s quite a unique approach to recipe organization and nods to the connection between design and mixology.

Mrs.-Lilien's-Cocktail-Swat

Photo courtesy of Potter Style

Rather than the standard dull list, ingredients are shown as photographs (thoughtfully styled of course) for quick reference of what you’ll need to pick-up and what you might already have. With just a quick glance you also get a sense of each concoction’s taste. This visual presentation of recipes makes it not only an eye catching accessory to add to your bar, but also a non-intimidating entry into cocktail making for even the most novice host/hostess. Flipping through the pages gets you inspired to craft drinks and consider presentation details you might have overlooked or felt daunted by. It’s a wonderful bridge from traditional design to the culinary arts.

Lilien creates a world you want to slip away to, a world where everything you see, taste, and surround yourself with is carefully curated and designed for enjoyment.

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