Once you have seen the wonderful blue of copper sulphate crystals, you could never forget it, I think. I remember growing big crystals in chemistry at school.
Here are some fabulous views of sugar crystalline structures using a 1,000 time magnification microscope. A wondrous collection of images that I discovered on the Telegraph Newspaper website. They are made even more interesting for me by the fact that they are all derived from dried alcoholic beverages of various types.
They were taken by the chemistry department of Florida State University.
The images are produced by the firm Bevshots and are available for purchase by the 'discerning buyer'.
A drop of each drink is allowed to dry on a glass slide and then a picture taken under a microscope. The impurities in the drinks hold the crystals together and create the variety of kaleidoscopic effects.
Bevshots founder Lester Hutt has his favourites. He likes the German Pilsener one because it is a 'cool animals-style print and the colours really pop.'
'Another one of my favorite images is the cola photo. The blues, purples and golds are so rich in colour, and the composition of the image flows incredibly well'
The slides are lit with natural light from above and below.
Bevshots has sold about 20,000 of these type of artworks in the last two years.
4. Belgian Lambic beer.
It's enough to drive you to drink.
For those interested in reproducing some of these kaleidoscopic effects in their brains, click on each word to be taken to the recipe or some information.
5. Coca Cola.
8. Red Wine.
10. Dirty Martini
11. White wine.
12. Gin and Tonic