Cocktails Up Close

a microscopeI stumbled across an interesting collection of photomicrography when browsing through today. Intrepid scientists and students at Florida State University use liquid nitrogen to freeze cocktails into a crystalline state, then take extremely close-up images. The results of the project are assembled in their gallery’s Cocktail Collection.

Converted to the most delicious of snowflakes, microscopic Martinis prove strangely similar to sea fans, while straight Rye borders on the geographic, Whiskey Sours resemble sheaves of wheat, and a Piña Colada is like nothing so much as a collection of moths’ wings.

By way of other distractions, there’s a gallery of beers of the world, and, for the further edification of the curious, their well-known photographs of engravings on microchips.