Beer & Wine Cocktails Provide Uniqueness

Visiting a restaurant these days isn’t just about treating yourself to a delicious meal without having to cook and clean up. It’s also about spending time with family and friends, and having new meal and ambiance experiences. While the food is integral to making foodservice occasions worthwhile, adult beverages play a large role in customer […]

Juniper Rising: Gin Makes Gains on Menus

Whiskey may be the spirit getting all the attention lately, but another category with pre-Prohibition roots is making what could be the start of a comeback. Following years of declines, gin volume increased in 2014, according to Technomic’s soon-to-be-released SpiritsTAB report. Though the growth was nominal (0.1%), the change in trajectory is welcome news for […]

Adult Beverage Industry Goes Global

Exotic spirits from around the world are becoming popular with consumers in the U.S. Spirits like cachaça from Brazil and mezcal from Mexico have been making their mark in the U.S. as drinkers view them as trendy, exotic options. This interest in global alcohol and ethnic cuisine, in general, has opened up some space within […]

Break-out Bubbly

Champagne and sparkling wine are on a roll lately, outpacing wine overall for a 4.1% total volume increase in 2014, with continued growth underway this year. On-premise, however, the story is quite different: The category barely gained volume, posting a mere 0.4% increase, according to our recently completed study, On-Premise Wine: Opportunities, Challenges and Innovations. Why […]

Herbal Tease: Aromatics Add New Notes to Cocktails

Consumers have grown accustomed to herbs like mint and basil in their cocktails, so they seem willing to try more aromatics, such as sage, rosemary and thyme. Herbs add depth to floral flavors such as elderflower and can add a savory or bitter note to fruity and other sweet flavors. Comparing menus from fourth-quarter 2014 […]

Alcohol Beverage Flavor Trends 2015: The Buzz on Honey

Swiss flavorings and fragrances maker Firmenich is out with its annual Flavor of the Year proclamation, and the company’s top taste for 2015 is…honey. Within the alcohol beverage world, pure honey has been a sweet addition to specialty drinks and to flavored spirits in recent years, but you could be forgiven for thinking that honey’s […]

Cocktail Trends 2015: A New Italian Renaissance

Americans are learning to like more-bitter flavors—witness the proliferation in restaurants and at retail of dark (really dark) chocolates, strongly flavored greens such as kale and extra-hoppy beers. In fact, Technomic named “bitter is the new bold” as one of its top 10 food trends for 2015. Appropriately enough, we’re also now seeing this appreciation […]

Ginger Beer Kicks Up Cocktail Menus

It’s the fizzy little mixer that could: Ginger beer is lending its spicy bite to a range of contemporary cocktails at bars and restaurants across the country, and its menu appearances are soaring. The more-assertive cousin to ginger ale comes in alcohol and non-alcohol varieties; the non-alcohol brands that are prevalent on-premise can do double […]

Bloody Mary: 80 Years of Brightening Brunch

Wake up and smell the tomato juice: The Bloody Mary turns 80 this year. Fernand Petiot, a bartender at the St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar, gets credit for debuting the now-classic cocktail in 1934. And over the weekend, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts began hosting a series of Bloody Mary brunches (featuring 80 […]

Cocktails’ Brightest Stars? Beer and Wine

Last June, we discussed beer cocktails’ emergence on menus at bars and restaurants nationwide. But would consumers’ and operators’ sudden interest in sudsy cocktails amount to nothing more than a one-summer fling? Not hardly, according to Technomic’s MenuMonitor online resource: Beer-based cocktails’ menu appearances climbed 30% from Q1 2013 to Q1 2014 at those bars and restaurants tracked […]