In the quest to be hip and on trend, the modern craft cocktail movement, artisan beers, drink recipes with 15 ingredients, and molecular mixology are as popular as some of the retro classics that are returning. Here are 10 of the upcoming bar beverage trends to whet your whistle:
1. “Mad Men”-style vintage cocktails are making a come back. Classics such as the Gimlet, Sazerac, Manhattan and Sidecar are becoming popular again.
2. Take inspiration from chefs and use fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, basil and mint in mixed drinks. The complex flavors are appealing and can be used to create drinks that are less sweet than fruit-based cocktails.
3. Apertifs and digestifs are back! Lower alcohol fortified wine cocktails are reestablishing themselves before, after and during meals.
4. Stimulate and educate with cocktail progressions, pairs and flights. Give your guests the opportunity to taste multiple drinks to see how they interact and enhance one another.
5. Restaurants are realizing that some prefer cocktails throughout the meal, and are preparing custom-designed cocktails to complement their menu.
6. Chefs are partnering with brewers to create beers that are thoroughly integrated into the meal, sharing the same ingredients and inspiration, and thus creating a unique experience.
7. Bartenders are infusing, puréeing and muddling handcrafted cocktails that deliver surprising flavor combinations such as syrups infused with Chinese five spices.
8. Expect to see favorite childhood drinks like floats,shakes, parfaits and smoothies spiked with every-thing from bourbon and peppermint rum to aquavit and flavored syrups like Chartreuse or Benedictine.
9. Bars specializing in bourbon, rye, artisan beers and beer-based cocktails — also described as “brown booze”.
10. The cocktail theme is still growing strong. Consider featuring some skinny cocktails on your menu for your guests who are counting calories.
Enjoy these 2 winter cocktails: