Remember in grade school when you were taught how to make stencils? In my class, it usually involved paper, scissors, and some paint – but I highly recommend avoiding using paper and paint in cocktails!
With the launch of our new atomizer and eye dropper kit, we wanted to revisit how to create cocktail illustrations on top of foam. Of course, you could order or make laser cut stencils with more intricate artwork– but we’re keeping it simple with DIY stencils.
So what we’re going to take a look at is how to make your own cocktail stencils using some to go food container lids (instead of paper) and bitters (much tastier than paint)!
Once you’ve gotten your custom stencil ready, you’ll use your handy dandy atomizer to mist bitters through the stencil and onto your cocktail with egg whites or other foam— also works great on a cup of coffee (think latte art).
This looks like a very fancy cocktail technique and is used on high-end cocktail bar menus, but it’s surprisingly easy to do! Pro tip: Make sure to spray your design onto the drink right after mixing it up in your cocktail shaker so that you have nice, stiff foam that can support the artwork.
And if you need to know what kinds of cocktails you can make with this technique, check out this recipe article.
Here’s a super old video of Chris showing you how to make your own custom stencil.
First, find something to use to make your stencils with. We used the lids of takeout food containers (like these– affiliate link) but you can use pretty much anything that is plastic, fairly durable, and easy to cut.
Got it to work? We’d love for you to show off your stenciled cocktail with us. Upload a picture of your cocktail to our Facebook Page and show us what you’ve made!