The cocktail trends to watch in 2018

8th January, 2018 by admin

Rise of Italian spirits

This year was a good one for Italian spirits, and the category’s on­-trade growth is set to continue as the Spritz craze shows no sign of waning. Campari recently announced that Aperol sales are up by 19%, and while it’s been on the ascent for several years, the spotlight has spilled onto all manner of aperitivos and amaros, which fit with the growing consumer interest in low-abv beverages.

Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto, a 19th-century recipe resurrected by Giuseppe Gallo, won the Best New Spirit or Cocktail Ingredient award at Tales of the Cocktail this year, and Italian-inspired bars such as Bar Termini in London or Dante in New York continue to build a loyal following.

“I think bitters and amaro continue to make a huge comeback, as consumers’ palates become more and more sophisticated,” explains veteran New York bartender Jim Kearns, beverage director at Slowly Shirley. Chris Patino agrees: “Picking up where Japanese whisky left off, Italian spirits and bartending techniques are definitely becoming more en vogue,” he said. “This budding trend has a bright future.”

One Response to “The cocktail trends to watch in 2018”

  1. Look forward to exploring some of these this year.

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