Colleen Graham

Colleen Graham, Contributing Writer for The Spruce
S&C Design Studios

Colleen Graham is a seasoned mixologist and writer with a passion for creating and sharing great cocktails and mixed drinks that enrich everyday life.

Contact Colleen by email at drinkstudio@scgrahamphoto.com.

Highlights

Experience

Colleen has spent over a decade bartending and writing about cocktails for The Spruce Eats and various outlets such as Maximum Yield's HydroLife and Bar None Drinks. Over this time, she has researched and reported on many aspects related to the art and practice of creating fine drinks.

This experience has allowed her to both rediscover classic cocktails and try modern drinks with more of a culinary touch. She has also explored a variety of distilled spirits and ingredients and often goes behind-the-scenes with the talented characters of the hospitality and liquor industries.

Colleen is also a cocktail consultant, creating themed cocktail menus and individual drink recipes for a variety of restaurants and bars.

She and her husband Shannon also own and operate S&C Design Studios, a commercial and fine art photography studio that specializes in beverage photography.

Additionally, Colleen has always had a personal interest in gardening and herbs. She pursued this by working alongside a master gardener to gain a better understanding of fresh ingredients.

Education

In college, Colleen studied photojournalism, but was always drawn to the written word. A fascination with mixing drinks led her to study bartending as well. Over the years, she shared her skills by bartending for private parties and the two led to a career of writing about mixed drinks and cocktails.

Colleen has received certification through Pernod Ricard's BarSmarts training and regularly attends cocktail seminars at events like Tales of the Cocktail and the San Antonio Cocktail Conference.

Awards and Publications

In 2012, Colleen's first book, "¡Hola Tequila!, Ninety Creative Cocktails and Inspired Shooters," was published; it was followed up by "Tequila: Cocktails With a Kick" in 2017. Both are a celebration of the headlining spirit, not only looking at tequila's history and production, but also offering 90 cocktail and tips for setting up a tequila-centered bar.

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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