We’re Alex and Kendall of Sips From Scripts, an adventure that first started as an Instagram account in 2020 used to chronicle the cocktail recipes we found in books. In late 2021, we created this blog and have since expanded our content to include sharing our own original cocktail and syrup recipes, publishing book reviews, and offering tips for home bartending to fellow imbibers.
We created the Sips From Scripts Instagram account on a whim in mid-2020 as a fun way to combine Alex’s passion for home bartending and Kendall’s skills in photography.
How It Started
One night in July 2020 when we were sipping cocktails after dinner, Alex mentioned how much he enjoyed following bartenders on Instagram to Kendall and brought up the idea of us sharing photos of cocktails someday too. A few days later, Kendall asked Alex, “So if we started that cocktail Instagram account, what would our name be?” By the end of the day, we had an Instagram handle, a direction for our account, and photos taken of our first post, the Vesper Martini.
From there, our new hobby took on a life of its own. We’d planned out an entire calendar of cocktails to try within a few weeks, and before we knew it, it was our favorite way to pass the time together outside of our day jobs. We’ve since developed a collection of our own original cocktail recipes, grown our Instagram account to a few thousand followers, had our posts shared by numerous accounts, and partnered with several brands. On top of that, we’ve connected with new friends who run their own inspiring cocktail Instagram accounts, and we’ve learned a lot more about the craft of bartending. We’re very grateful to have this creative outlet and a new community with which to share it, and we hope you find it as inspiring as we do!
What To Expect
Our main focus for this hobby is to introduce ourselves and our audience to new cocktails each week, many of which are from books and movies (hence the name “Sips From Scripts”) with some originals weaved in, that have all been beautifully photographed. We also hope to share methods, cool ingredients, and tools we find, tours of bars, distilleries, and wineries we visit, and other bartending topics to help others make cocktails at home.
Alex’s approach when creating our original recipes is to come up with cocktails that are respectable and accessible to everyone. Instead of using obscure ingredients that’ll end up collecting dust on your shelf after one use, he tends to gravitate toward creating simpler cocktails that are made with ingredients you can buy at your local store, so you’ll find a lot of those here. He also aims to dream up recipes that are easy enough to make at home or be requested at your favorite local bar.
Kendall’s approach to photographing our cocktails is to take kickass colorful shots that make you want to try the recipe. For consistency, she shoots all of them from the same front angle, almost as if they’re “headshots” of the cocktails, and she styles them all differently based on whatever inspires her most about them (the name, the history, an ingredient, etc). She then takes our photos with professional camera and lighting equipment and retouches them in Lightroom and Photoshop.
About Our Palates
Alex is the home bartender of Sips From Scripts. When he’s not working at his day job in finance, he makes all of our drinks, works on our original recipes, researches and buys new ingredients, manages our relationships with brands, and does most of our copywriting. Thanks to years of enjoying bartending as a hobby, working as a bartender at a winery, and being part of the online cocktail community, he now has a fairly developed palate and prefers drier, more bitter beverages.
Kendall is the photographer, stylist, and web designer of Sips From Scripts. She started her career as a wedding photographer over a decade ago but retired after meeting Alex and moving to Wisconsin from North Carolina to be with him in 2015. Since then, she’s transitioned into marketing and now holds a position in the grocery industry. Before starting this adventure, she had very little experience in the cocktail world outside of occasionally enjoying a drink at home or out with friends, so her palate is much more underdeveloped than Alex’s is.
Work With Us
Have a question about one of our cocktail recipes? Want to partner with us to spread the word about your products? Or need recommendations for ingredients? You can contact us via email anytime. Depending on the topic, one of us will get back to you as soon as we can.
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