Colleen Graham with a Raspberry Mojito -
Colleen Graham with a Raspberry Mojito

Colleen Graham is a freelance writer who specializes in beverages. In 2006, she joined the team at and has served as the Cocktails Expert since. In 2012 she released her first book, ┬íHola Tequila!, and over the years she has contributed to a number of publications, and is currently a regular drink columnist for Maximum Yield’s HydroLife. She is also consultant for a number of liquor and beverage companies.

Beyond writing, Colleen owns a photography studio with her husband, Shannon Graham. S&C Design Studios is a full service commercial and fine art photography studio that works with clients worldwide, including many in the beverage industry. Their library of drink imagery is extensive and much of it will be displayed on this website (soon). The team also sells their fine art photography online and at art shows throughout the Midwest and their main focus with the art is to preserve the tradition of photography, so they spend a lot of time shooting film and printing in the studio’s darkroom.

There must always be a fun aspect in life and Colleen takes full advantage of the free time her freelance life allows. Her rat terrier, Jackson, and cat, Moti, are like her children and the entire family is often at the studio ‘working’ or out on some adventure. Colleen is a knitting fanatic, believing that maximum comfort at all times is essential, and there is something wrong if she doesn’t have at least one DIY upcycling project going on in her home or studio. When the weather warms, the Grahams are either in their gardens or packing up their sea kayaks to find a river or lake to paddle.

Talk to Me:

I am always open to conversation and would like to hear from you. Whether you would like to share a recipe, tip, or idea, or talk about working with me on a writing or consulting project, simply shoot me an email at I will also consider reviewing products or writing about a company in any of my publications, though you must contact me first.

Advertising Opportunities:

The Drink Studio is a new site and I hope to see it grow over many years to come. If you are interested in advertising on this site, please email me to discuss the options. I will only consider drink related subjects.

2 thoughts on “About Colleen Graham

  • February 13, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    As part of my great interest in cocktail and Some non alcoholic drinks, i came across your website. I am just wondering if i can get your expert advice on some kind of books i can purchase and give me good insite about cocktail drinks.

    Kind Regards

  • February 13, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    To get you started, I’ll direct you to this article: Best Bartending Guides. They are what I consider essential books. Also, for general mixing tips, browse through this Bar Basics page and for cocktail recipes, well, I have hundreds that you can begin to explore here: Cocktail Recipe Directory.
    If there’s anything specific I can help with, please let me know.

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