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Drink Spotlight: Drink trends for 2016



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.




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Product Spotlight: VitaFrute Cocktails by VEEV


VitaFrute™ Cocktails by VEEV® is the perfect libation for your summer picnics, BBQs and parties. VitaFrute is definitely a better way to celebrate any summer occasion!

VitaFrute™ is the first organic, all natural, ready-made drink with only the highest quality ingredients, perfect for summer celebrations with family and friends. With under 125 calories per serving, VitaFrute™ allows you and your guests to relax and enjoy a cocktail guilt-free, without compromising quality or flavor. The bottles are easy to carry and fit perfectly in coolers and picnic baskets – eliminating the need to tote around the tools necessary to create cocktails. Prices range from $12.95-$14.95, making VitaFrute a healthy, convenient and affordable beverage option. Additionally, celebrity fans include Sophia Bush, Louise Roe, Lauren Bush Lauren, Amy Smart and Jamie Chung.

VitaFrute™ comes in three pre-mixed flavors to suit everyone's tastes, and could not be easier to use:


Made with all natural lemon and lime juice, agave, premium tequila and VEEV® Açaí Spirit
With the perfect sized glass and a salted rim, this Margarita is sure to make your summer party a hit!



Made with all natural lemon juice, agave, and VEEV® Açaí Spirit
Fill up a tall glass with an added lemon for taste to create the perfect drink to beat the heat!



Made with all natural cranberry juice, a hint of citrus and VEEV® Açaí Spirit
Get your martini glasses ready for the most delicious way to begin a Girls Night Out this summer!



Company: VEEV
Brand: VitaFrute
Category:  Mixers, Ready to Drink, Alcohol
Origin: USA
Packaging: 750ml bottle
Claims: 100% Organic, Low Calorie
Alcohol Volume: 15%
Price:  $12.95-$14.95
Website: veevlife.com



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Product Spotlight: Cocktail Me

Cocktail Me, it is the meeting between a contractor lover of cocktails, and a Chief Creative bartender's recipes.

Benjamin Bauquin (founder):
"It is not always easy to have all the ingredients or quality raw materials quality available when one wishes to make cocktails." Our goal is to offer premium, 100% natural preparations, which allow you to easily create cocktails throughout the year, with or without alcohol!"



100% Natural and organic ingredients
Strawberry puree / lime juice / cane sugar / water



100% Natural and organic ingredients
Lime juice / lemon juice / natural mint flavor / cane sugar / water



100% Natural and organic ingredients
Cranberry juice / orange juice / lime juice / lemon juice / cane sugar / water



Company: Cocktail me
Brand: Cocktail me
Category: Drink Mixers
Origin: France
Varieties: Mojito, Cosmo, Strawberry Daiquiri
Packaging: Pouch
Claims: 100% Natural
Website: cocktail.me.fr



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Product Review: Tropics Natural Drink Mixers



Florida puree and cocktail premix company, Tropics Beverages is launching a range of premium frozen fruit puree products in time for the summer. The 100% natural range is designed for the on-trade, as a versatile and labour saving solution that works equally well for cocktails, mocktails, smoothies and milkshakes. The range is flash pasteurised and then frozen in 946 ml tetra packs with a frozen shelf life of two years and 45 days once defrosted and stored chilled. The fourteen strong range includes popular cocktails such as Pina Colada, Mojito and Margarita that just need alcohol added to create classic drinks, and also can be enjoyed as non alcoholic options. The fruit purees are designed to compliment the cocktail mixes to provide ingredients to serve anything from a simple Bellini to a bespoke fruit creation.




Company: Tropics Beverages Innovations Inc
Brand: Tropics Natural Infusions
Slogan: 100% Natural Infusions
Category:  Mixers
Origin: USA
Packaging: 32 fl oz
Claims: 100% Natural
Varieties: Banana, Cappuccino, Four Berry, Pina Colada, Mojito, Magarita, Ice Cream, Lemon Ice, Mango, Non-Fat Yogurt, Orange Pineapple, Passionfruit, Peach, Pink Guava, Raspberry, Rumrunner, Strawberry
Website: tropicsbeverages.com


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Product Spotlight: Budapest Blonde Cocktail Mixers

Budapest Blonde Cocktail Mixes - the Hot Blonde Bloody Mary, the Dirty Blonde Olive Martini, and the Beach Blonde Margarita and Mojito - are a playful combination of imagination and experience, with a significantly lower sodium, sugar and calorie count per serving.

Their Story:

Budapest Blonde was born as a Wine and Martini Bar in the fall of 2003.

Ilona Simon

Founder Ilona Simon, a longtime professional in marketing and event planning, was noted for partnering with local chefs for her wine tasting series at her establishment. She also produced annual benefits and fundraisers for a variety of non-profit organizations and charities. The sale of the wine and martini bar in 2009 afforded her the opportunity to develop a new line of cocktail mixes.


Company: Budapest Blonde
Brand: Budapest Blond Cocktail Mixes
Category: Mixers
Origin: USA
Claims: Low Sugar, Low Calorie, Low Sodium
Varieties: Hot Blonde Bloody Mary, Dirty Blonde Olive Martini, Beach Blonde Margarita
Website:  budapestblonde.com


BEACH BLONDE Margarita and Mojito


DIRTY BLONDE Olive Martini


HOT BLONDE Bloody Mary

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Product Spotlight: Refine All Natural Mixers


Refine Mixers has created the FIRST line of all-natural, zero-calorie and sugar-free cocktail mixers using the highest quality ingredients and sweetened with the all-natural stevia plant. Refine is the ideal solution for consumers wishing to enjoy a cocktail at social engagements, without adversely impacting their health, diet or the environment. The mixers contain stevia, which is an all-natural sweetener; it is also the only all-natural sweetener with zero calories, zero carbohydrates and a zero glycemic index.

Refine Mixers are available in three flavors: Mojito Mix, Cosmopolitan Mix and Margarita Mix. Each product retails in 32 fl oz bottle. To promote the launch of these new products, Refine Mixers who recently set up shop in Venice , organized a number of Friday cocktail parties. Combining music, art and cocktails is a natural mix and is a very easy way to introduce new products to consumers in a relaxed environment.

Company: Refine Bevereages Inc
Brand: Refine Mixers
Slogan: All Naturals, Zero Calories
Category: Drinks, Mixed Beverages
Origin: USA
Packaging: 32oz
Claims:  All Natural, Zero Calories
Website:  refinemixers.com





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Product Spotlight: Mexican Beer Mixers


Michelada (beer, lemon juice, salt and hot sauce) and Paloma (tequila, grapefruit flavored soda and lime) style drinks are very popular in México.  Recently we came across two beer mixer products that help making mixing much easier and can turn a regular beer into a much more exciting drink.


La Pocima Mix. This product comes in its own styrofoam container complete with spicy mix, you only need to add a mixture of tomato and clam cocktail (clamato for example) and your favorite beer.  Each mix produces numerous drinks.



DeliNutre Escar Cheve mixes.  Currently offered in two flavor varieties: Mango and Margarita.  The Mango mix features chilli and mango powder for salting the rim of your glass.  The Magarita mix features chilli powder with lime for salting the rim of your glass.  Each 60 gram container provides enough mix for approximately 25 glasses.

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Product Spotlight: 9 Grados Mixers from Venezuela


9 Grados is a Venezuelan beverage manufacturer that offers a line of premium mixers.  These mixers are the perfect drink for your mixers and cocktails.  Currently available in 5 flavors.  Aguakina, Soda, Cola, Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer. Mixers have becoming a very popular segment within the beverage category with a number of new premium products being launched. These beverages focus on quality ingredients and their ability to be consumed on their own or mixed with your favorite alcohol products.




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Product Review: Sinless Low Calorie Cocktail Mixers

Sinless Cocktail  mixers are non-alcoholic mixers that are All Natural, Sugar Free and have ONLY 5 Calories per serving sweetened with Stevia Extract.  Other similar cocktail mixers on the market have anywhere from 60-80 calories for the same serving size.   Flavors include : Margarita Mix, Strawberry Margarita Mix, Sweet & Sour Mix and Mojito Mix.  Retailed in a sleek 32oz container.  Average price is $8.49.

Health & Wellness is a trend affecting all Food & Drink categories.  More consumers are concerned with the health effects of the products they are buying.  New research and products such as Stevia have aided in the development of lower calorie offerings.  Consumers are becoming more sophisticated and increasingly identify with products that relate to their lifestyles.  Health conscious consumers are willing to pay more for products they believe are natural and good for them.



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ModMix Organic Cocktail Mixers

Looking to stock your bar with a bit of sensibility?  Modmix Organic Cocktail Mixers are friendly to the body and the environment, produced with eco-friendly processes and healthy fruits and veggies.  Of course, if you drink 11 citrus margaritas, that health bonus will offset by the hangover the next morning.  In moderation, ModMix is quite a tasty treat.  Choose between Citrus Margarita, French Martini, Lavender Lemon Drop, Pomegranate Cosmopolitan, Mojito and Wasabi Bloody Mary.  The big bonus for all you health fans– ModMix is 100% free of high fructose corn syrup, they use only pure, raw sugar.  Yum.  [thanks coolhunting]

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