Photos of Dried-Up Whiskey Under a Microscope Will Make You Feel Drunk

Whiskey is revered by countless enthusiasts around the word; after all, its name comes from the Gaelic uisce beatha, which means “water of life.”

But for Phoenix-based photographer Ernie Button, whiskey is far more intriguing under a microscope than it is to drink.

In a recent photo series, Button crafted images of what dried-up whiskey looks like when magnified. Using glasses that had a small amount (a drop or two) of whiskey dried up in the bottom, he discovered some otherworldly patterns.

“It’s infinitely fascinating to me that a seemingly clear liquid leaves a pattern with such clarity and rhythm after the liquid is gone,” Button said in a press release.

Check out his photos of whiskey under a microscope in the slideshow above.