Restaurant and Bar Trends: Top 10 Cocktails for 2017
With a new year come new bar trends. Although there are classic drinks that enjoy a permanent spot on the menu, it’s important to keep up with your customers’ changing tastes by revamping your lineup to include some of these up-and-coming favorites. Stay one step ahead by stocking your bar with these spirits and training your bartenders so they’re ready to whip up these top 10 cocktails for 2017.
Scottish Whiskey Sour
The first drink on our top 10 cocktails list, the Scottish Whiskey Sour, puts a new twist on a longtime favorite from the pre-prohibition era. This subtly sour and sweet cocktail is a blend of 2 oz. Dewar’s Scotch, 3/4 oz. lemon, 1 oz. simple syrup, 1 large egg white, and angostura bitters. Garnish the cocktail with orange wedges and brandied cherries.
A combination of coffee and liquor is a sure hit for customers seeking a novel dessert beverage. Make the sweet and perky Prairie Buzz with 1 barspoon cinnamon syrup, 1/2 oz. cream, 1/2 oz. cold brew coffee, 3/4 oz. amaretto, 1/2 oz. vino chinato, and 1 1/2 oz. Rieger whiskey. Serve over rocks, and garnish with nutmeg.
When planning your 2017 cocktail menu, group drinks by mood or color. The Pink Flirtini—the name says it all—fits perfectly into this menu trend. Blend 1 oz. raspberry vodka, 1/2 oz. Cointreau liqueur, 1/2 oz. pineapple juice, 1/2 oz. cranberry juice, and a squirt of lime juice in a martini glass. Top it off with champagne, and garnish with raspberries and mint leaves.
Taco Tuesday is more popular than ever, and the Tequila Honeysuckle adds flair to a Latin-inspired menu. This cocktail includes 2 oz. Milagro Silver (blanco) tequila, 3/4 oz. honey syrup, and 3/4 oz. lime juice. Serve in a cocktail glass with a lime wedge on the rim.
The uncommon ingredients in the Pomegranate Spritzer will pique the interest of your clientele. This refreshing drink uses 1 1/2 oz. Pearl plum vodka, 1/4 oz. pomegranate drinking vinegar, and club soda. Pour all ingredients over rocks in an old-fashioned glass, and garnish with pomegranate seeds and mint leaves.
Pisco was a popular liquor in the 1850s, and it’s making a comeback among this year’s top 10 cocktails. The Chilcano combines 2 oz. pisco, 1/2 oz. lime juice, 1/4 oz. ginger juice, and 3/4 oz. simple syrup with ginger ale and a dash of angostura bitters. Other pisco drinks to add to the menu are the Pisco Sour, El Capitan, and Pisco Punch.
Beer cocktails are one of the hottest bar trends on the rise, and the Sofie Sangria puts a new spin on a classic wine favorite. Combine 1/2 oz. agave nectar, 1/2 oz. lime juice, and 1 teaspoon of orange marmalade with ice, and pour in a wine glass. Top it off with 4 oz. farmhouse ale-style beer.
Moscow Mules have been popular since the 1940s, so this brightly colored variation is a crowd-pleasing bar trend. Muddle cucumber slices, fresh blueberries, and mint leaves in the bottom of a copper mug. Add ice, 2 oz. vodka, 4 oz. ginger beer, and 1 oz. lime juice to a shaker and mix well. Pour in the mug and garnish with candied ginger and fresh blueberries.
Spiced Almond Milk Punch
The brunch crowd will love sipping this creamy, wintertime cocktail. Blend 1 cup almond milk, 3 Tbsp. brandy, 1 Tbsp. orange spice syrup, and 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract for one minute. Serve cold over ice, or warm it over medium heat and serve in mugs for a hot treat.
This smoky, Southern-inspired cocktail includes 1 oz. rye whiskey, 1 oz. jasmine liqueur, 1/2 oz. ginger liqueur, 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice, and 2 dashes of orange bitters. Serve over rocks in an old-fashioned glass. This aperitif pairs perfectly with classic bar foods or traditional Southern-style cuisine.
What are your favorite up-and-coming bar trends? Have any new or rediscovered must-try drinks your customers are loving lately? Let us know in the comments below.
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