From pink gin and turmeric tea to hi-tech cocktails and “super coffee,” we look at the beverage trends you should consider in the year ahead. Whether you favor hot drinks to keep you cozy in the chilly weather or you want to opt for a refreshing drink to quench your first, these are the drinks that should be on your radar. Let’s dive right in.
What are the hottest drink trends in 2018?
Who doesn’t love a cocktail? While there are many kinds of alcohol-based cocktails that you can enjoy, one huge trend for 2018 is the increase in popularity in non-alcoholic cocktails. And bartenders are taking their non-alcoholic offerings increasingly seriously, rather than treating their virgin cocktail list as an afterthought and are coming up with inventive “mocktails” that are full of flavor and color. Best of all, these refreshing drinks won’t give you a hangover the next day.
Cocktails are fast becoming high tech, and last year saw the launch of London’s first augmented reality cocktail menu at the Michelin-starred City Social, which took 18 months from its initial conception to launch, using inspiration from iconic artworks through the ages, from Van Gogh’s wheat fields to Tamara de Lempicka’s Art Deco portraits. Other hi-tech innovations in the world of cocktails include the use of LED lights on the glass that can change the color of the cocktail, and two silver electrodes on the rim of the glass give off salty, bitter and sweet tastes when the drinker touches them with their tongue.
The year 2017 saw the emergence of pink gin, which is fast becoming one of the hottest drinks of the year, and gin distilleries are looking to capitalize on this. You can also choose from a range of botanicals — from pomegranate to rhubarb to raspberries, served with a corresponding garnish for that perfect G&T.
Could this be the ultimate in winter warmers? Everyone seems to be talking about turmeric lattes. This versatile spice has anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial to your health, including tackling colds. It’s also supposed to provide a healthy alternative to coffee, providing a slight energy boost without the jitters that caffeinated drinks can give.
If you are looking for a different night out with friends to enjoy a few drinks and a delicious dinner, you could try a supper club that has a theme such as the 1920s where you can try old-school cocktails like a sidecar. Or why not try a night out at a glamorous casino where you can put your skills to the test against your friends while wining and dining in luxury. Don’t forget to check the dress code and do your homework before you go through, so not only can you dress the part, but you can be the part, too. You can make sure you are in the know about the etiquette and the specific vernacular of the environment to help you fit in better.
From turmeric lattes to rhubarb gin, there are always new and amazing drinks trends to embrace. From a new way to get your caffeine fix to reimagining the non-alcohol cocktails, these are the ones we’re most excited about. What are your tips for the hottest drink trends for the year ahead?
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