See that? That's a margarita, magnified 1,000x under a high-tech microscope. And a company called Bevshots has produced a whole series of similar shots of booze at the molecular level. Can you spot your spirit of choice?
Here are eight popular potables that got the up-close treatment from Bevshots at the Florida State University's chemistry labs:
The entire process—letting a droplet of liquor dry out completely on a slide in an airtight container, and photographing the result with a 35mm camera—can take up to three months and as many as 200 attempts to properly capture the drink's constituent parts. The bright colors in the mixed cocktails are the result of dried out citric acid and complex sugars.
The final product? An homage to your favorite libation that Bevshots sells as prints or larger artworks. And the knowledge that your hangover started out as something truly beautiful. [Telegraph via Geekologie]