Drinking Trends at Tales of the Cocktail 2014

by Karen Locke on Jul 28, 2014 in Roundups
Drinking Trends at Tales of the Cocktail 2014

Fernet Branca. Barrel aged cocktails. Mezcal. The Swizzle.

Recent cocktail trends such as these must come from somewhere, right? Are the bartenders the ones who started the trend of drinking Fernet Branca? Or is it keen marketing by a big brand? Or is it a drink writer who hypes up the hidden versatility of Fernet? All of these actions play a role in what we’ll accept as the “next best thing,” including events like Tales of the Cocktail, which took place in New Orleans from July 16-20.

 

Some of the trends we noticed at the world's premier drink event we've seen around — some are new, and some may never take flight, but either way we love what’s going on in the hotbed of cocktail trends.

 

Foraged Ingredients

We’ve seen it all when it comes to foraged ingredients on the national restaurant scene. A chef who steals herbs from the neighbor’s yard. Rooftop raised beds. Fights over microgreens. The trend of foraged ingredients in the drink scene is gaining steam, and we foresee it continuing. Not only will the use of foraged ingredients continue, we can’t wait to see what happens with the flavors.
 
During a tasting at Tales of the Cocktail, Caorunn Gin from the highlands of Scotland, highlighted the herbs and other ingredients from its gin. Mixing and matching herbs created unexpected flavors, like an oyster leaf and Caorunn Gin that really did taste like an oyster.
 
The concept of forage-to-glass in production is one we hope takes off in big branded liquor too, not just the small batch distilleries. 

 

Essential Oils, Plant Extracts and Buds
While adding scent hit the scene a few years ago, in 2014 it's one trend we still appreciate. Spritzing a cocktail adds another layer to a it and sometimes more depending on how scents and flavors play off one another.

 

We were stoked when we spotted Willy Shine's arsenal at the VEEV 2.0 vodka tasting. In Shine's cocktail, The Breakfast Fizz, he added rose water and a Chamomile bud garnish to a drank made with VEEV, orange marmalade, maple syrup, lemon and lime juice, egg white and a bit of soda water. 

 

Element B2 Productions LLC

 

Punch

Punch is easy to serve at events, especially if you have awesome mugs to go with your punch bowl. 

 

At Tales, Pavan Liqueur (basically a sweeter and more floral St. Germain) served bright punches alongside cocktails prepared by the glass. Some punch bowls even featured foraged flowers.

 

But bowls filled with boozy juices and fruit have been taking the Drink Nation by storm for the last few years. It’s one trend which encourages communal drinking that we know will stick around.

 

 

Rum

From events sponsored by Banks Rum to the first-ever release of Stiggin’s Fancy Plantation Pineapple Rum, the oft-forgotten liquor made quite a showing at Tales of the Cocktail. Although we love Tiki drinks, we’ve been rooting for rum to make an appearance in drinks across the board. We think it will happen, especially with local craft distilleries making less likely blends such as coffee rum.

 

 

Accommodating to the Guest

It seems the "take my cocktail, or leave it" approach is becoming less popular. In seminars and at tastings during Tales of the Cocktail, one trend kept popping up, and it was allowing for guest accommodations. Think: bartenders only rimming half of a cocktail glass with salt so the customer can modify taste themselves. It may seem like catering too much to the customer, but it’s all a part of the experience. If the customer has some say in the process they’re likely to have a better time, and that’s always the goal.

 

Mocktails

In the seminar “The Art & Science of Cocktail Menus” with Jack McGarry, Ian McLaren, Joaquín Simó, and Ryan Magarian, mocktails came up in the conversation about planning an award-winning menu. If intense planning and thought go into the alcoholic side of the menu, why shouldn't that same fervor go into the non-alcoholic side? Come to think of it, we’ve seen quite a few gorgeous mocktails around lately. Believe it or not, we support the notion of a well-rounded menu for non-drinkers too!

 

For more information on Tales of the Cocktail 2015, visit its website or follow Tales of the Cocktail on Twitter

 


Tags: Cocktails, Rum, Spirits, Tequila
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
George Clooney's Tequila Company Casamigos Sells to Diageo for $1 Billion

George Clooney's Tequila Company Casamigos Sells to Diageo for $1 Billion

Artist and philanthropist George Clooney can safely retire from Hollywood now - Casamigos, the tequila company...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jun 27, 2017
Where to Celebrate Independence Day 2017 in Denver

Where to Celebrate Independence Day 2017 in Denver

Be safe out there while enjoying American's birthday. Don't drink and drive. ...read more ›

by Carrie Dow Jun 27, 2017
Fri
Jul 7
Sat
Jul 8
SPONSORED
A Bar in Brooklyn Now Has a Beer ATM

A Bar in Brooklyn Now Has a Beer ATM

It was inevitable - people love beer, and people love convenience, especially in New York City. So Randolph Beer in Brooklyn has designed a convenient...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jun 20, 2017
Neil DeGrasse Tyson is Getting His Own Beer

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is Getting His Own Beer

Astrophysicist, writer, and television personality Neil DeGrasse Tyson now has his very own beer, courtesy of Asheville Brewing Company....read more ›

by Drink Philly Jun 14, 2017
Things No One Asked For: Fireball Gummy Candies

Things No One Asked For: Fireball Gummy Candies

Get ready - both Irish Confectionery Co. and VineGelee are now selling gummy bears spiked with Fireball. ...read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Jun 13, 2017
The 28th Annual Do at the Zoo Gala Is June 15

The 28th Annual Do at the Zoo Gala Is June 15

Denver's wildest party features food from over 55 of the city's best restaurants along with craft beer, wine and cocktails under the stars....read more ›

by Carrie Dow Jun 13, 2017
Breckenridge Brewery Announces Official Denver Comic Con Beer
by Carrie Dow Jun 13, 2017
Denver Flea Summer Market Returns to South Broadway

Denver Flea Summer Market Returns to South Broadway

Shop over 200 of Colorado best makers and retailers. ...read more ›

by Carrie Dow Jun 13, 2017
Buy Dad a Drink this Father's Day in Denver
by Carrie Dow Jun 13, 2017
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close