Remember in grade school when you were taught how to make stencils? In my class, it usually involved paper, scissors and some paint – but I highly recommend avoiding using paper and paint in cocktails! What we’re going to take a look at this week is how to make your own cocktail stencils using some to go food container lids (instead of paper) and bitters (much tastier than paint)!

Let’s get crafty!

How to make your own cocktail stencils:

First, find something to use to make your stencils with. We used the lids of takeout food containers (like these– affiliate link) but you can use pretty much anything that is plastic, fairly durable and easy to cut.

Get to Work:

  1. Choose the picture that you want to add to the top of your egg white cocktail. Make sure that you pick something that does not have a lot of detail or too small, and print it out on a regular piece of paper.
  2. Place your printed picture below your plastic container lid and secure it with some tape. Cut through the top of the plastic lid, following the lines of the image as your guide.
  3. Remove the tape and the paper, and clean up any rough cuts. Give your new stencil a good wash with soap and water.
  4. Place the stencil as close to the top of your egg white cocktail as possible and spray your bitters through the stencil, transferring the image to the top of your drink.

Want some fun stencil ideas?

Click here to download a few stencil ideas, then let your imagination run wild! 

Got it to work? We’d love for you to show off your stenciled cocktail with us. Upload a picture of your cocktail to our Facebook Page and show us what you’ve made!

Chris Tunstall

Co-Founder of A Bar Above and career bartender and mixologist. I love experimenting, creating cocktails, and drinking Green Chartreuse.