If you have a big event coming up in 2016 or you’re running a hospitality business, you will want to keep up with the hottest and most stylish drinks. As with the fashion and food sectors, there are also trends in the drinks industry that change over the seasons. Here is a look at some of the potential new cocktail ingredients that are going to trend in the next year, along with the beers, wines and mixers that are going to be popular.
Mix it up
Cocktails are proving extremely popular at the moment, with consumers looking to try something new and exotic on their night out. Choosing and drinking a cocktail is all part of an experience, and customers are looking for bartenders who can create something special and put on an elaborate show for them.
Signature cocktails that help an establishment stand out from the crowd are a good idea. This can attract customers and give them something they can’t find in another bar. Champagne and good quality sparkling wines, such as Prosecco, are becoming more widely used in cocktails.
It’s important when you’re putting a cocktail together that you pay attention to all the ingredients. Specific brands of spirits, as well as artisan varieties, are often preferred by drinkers rather than the well-known, mainstream versions. Consumers also look for strength of flavor in their cocktails. Cocktails featured in the calvados drink recipes are known for their high quality and strength of flavor.
Drinkers are now more willing to experiment with new flavors in their cocktails. We’re now seeing the emergence of more sour and savory options, as well as those containing spices. We’ve moved on from solely using tomato juice as a savory flavor, to including the addition of black garlic and egg white into cocktails.
Across the sector
It’s not just in the cocktail market where we will see changes in 2016. There are also likely to be new trends across the drinks industry, from wines and beers to mixers and soft drinks.
Even beer drinkers are becoming more discerning about their choices. Craft beers are gaining in recognition and moving into more prominent positions in bars. These come from small brewers who concentrate on flavors and taste, producing specialist and limited edition beers.
In the wine market, consumers are more open to changing their varieties, rather than simply sticking with what they’ve been drinking for years. Younger drinkers tend to opt for sweeter versions such as Moscato. With the desire to drink sparkling wines as a more everyday drink, champagne is giving way on these to cheaper versions, such as Prosecco.
Mixers will continue with tonics, fruit flavored liquors and juices used in a variety of combinations to make a range of cocktails, including those made with the amazing calvados apple brandy.
With so many choices available, 2016 should be an exciting year in the drinks industry. Whether you prefer refreshing cocktails or a smooth glass of beer, there’s something for every taste and plenty of new drinks to experience.