Drink Trends That Will Be Everywhere in 2018
While 2017 saw countless outrageous food trends come and go, from gilded snacks to unicorn-inspired eats, 2018 is all about creativity in your cup.
This year, talented mixologists, sommeliers, and beverage experts from around the globe are putting their skills to good use and turning everything we know about our favorite beverages on its head. From coffee to cocktails, these creative drinks will be everywhere this year:
Move over, green juice: there’s a new healthy, antioxidant-packed drink in town. Tess Rose Lampert, a New York City-based beverage expert and educator and founder of PalateTrip.com says that detoxifying ingredients, like turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon will be making their way onto menus in alcohol-free drinks and cocktails alike this year.
Belly up to the savory side. In 2018, we’ll see creative mixologists utilizing a slew of salty and savory ingredients—everything from vegetables and squid ink to cured meats and even poke—in craft cocktails.
Bye bye, Bulletproof. The New Year will see the rise of superfood coffee, with everything from turmeric to ground flaxseed to cacao being added to your daily dose of caffeine.
Bear with us here: despite the gross name, compost cocktails are actually pretty clever. Mixologists claim that these cocktails, which use herb, fruit, rinds, and other kitchen scraps to garnish drinks, are on the rise, bringing both creative flavors and sustainability to the bar.
Sipping bourbon is so 2017. 2018 is all about sipping rum, according to Lampert. “Rum is still on the rise as a fine sipping spirit on the level of whiskey,” she says of the cane-based beverage.
Those who pass on alcohol will have more ordering options than ever in 2018, thanks to the rise of craft soda. Brands like Drink More Good are making artisanal syrups and craft mixers that make soda seem suddenly grown-up.
Some of the best wine you’ll drink in 2018 might just come from an unexpected source: Mexico. “Mexico has been growing grapes and making wine in different regions for hundreds of years. And guess what? It’s really good!” says Lampert, who says we’ll be seeing a deluge of Mexican wines on menus this year.
Beer connoisseurs will have more flavor options than ever in 2018, as sour beers become increasingly prevalent. “I think sour flavors are exciting to the American palate in a way that hasn’t really been explored before,” says Zachary Mack, owner of Manhattan’s Alphabet City Beer Company. “It’s kind of a maturation in what we like to drink.”
The end of plastic bottles clogging landfills and polluting our drinking water is on the horizon. Ooho!, a biodegradable, edible water container made of plants and seaweed, is going to be on everyone’s lips—both literally and figuratively—this year.
Wine on Tap
Beer isn’t the only alcoholic beverage you’ll be getting on tap in 2018. Wine from kegs will become an increasingly familiar sight this year; in fact, wine bars like Manhattan’s Lois are already tapping into the trend.
Tequila’s smoky sister is finally getting her place in the spotlight in 2018. “Mezcal has really surged onto the scene in the past few years,” says Mack, who says that the beverage industry is experiencing an influx of mezcal on the market. “Mezcal is bright and refreshing, while having a backbone of earthiness and smoke. People seem to like its heft, which rarely needs to be dressed up in a cocktail to shine.”
Just because you’re not big on booze doesn’t mean you can’t order something fancy and fun. Mouthwatering mocktails will gain popularity 2018, with truly creative concoctions gracing menus at restaurants like Manhattan’s Agern and Behind This Wall in London.
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