Photographing cocktails seems simple. You pour or order a drink, then you take a picture. What more could there be? As it turns out, a lot. Cocktails are often served in low lit atmospheres, in reflective glassware, with a limited window to photograph before the ice melts, foam settles, and colors dissipate.
Food and drinks look best in natural lighting. Unfortunately, cocktails are usually served in dim-lit bars long after sunset. Light placement is key. Your cocktail should always be lit to highlight details, reduce glare, and represent the atmostphere of your bar or restaurant.