Now that summer is finally here it’s time to organize a fabulous outdoor cocktail party. You can enjoy the latest in cocktail trends and even hone your own mixology skills. Whether you’d prefer an all-natural DIY cocktail made from ingredients from your own garden, or the to-go canned version, there’s plenty of options for cocktail lovers this year. After everything that’s happened there couldn’t be a better time to celebrate friends and family, and what more fitting way to do so than with a fabulous toast? Here are some of the most exciting cocktail trends to look out for this summer.
Cocktail in cans
While bars were closed, there was an increase in popularity of the to-go cocktail. This led to the rise of the canned cocktail, with more brands now available than ever before. These portable beverages are ideal for picnics, BBQs, and all kinds of outdoor get-togethers. Their convenience is likely to ensure their continued popularity throughout summer. With such a wide range of options, it’s likely that canned cocktails will be here to stay.
Innovations in at-home mixology
Many cocktail lovers have really been honing their mixology skills and investing in the latest equipment to help. If you’d like to learn how to make cocktails at home, why not up your game? You could look into adding your own foams with a cream whipper, or even a bit of drama with a smoking gun. Here are some of the coolest cocktail gadgets to invest in this summer. These will definitely help you impress your guests at your next party.
There has also been a rise in cocktail gardening. This trend emerged as people have really begun to appreciate their outside space a little more. Growing your own is becoming ever-popular and summer is the perfect time to start. You can even grow a herb garden indoors on your windowsill if you don’t have the yard space. Herbs won’t take long and they’re pretty low maintenance, so in a few weeks you can start adding your own homegrown ingredients to your cocktail recipes.
Focus on sustainability
As consumers become more eco-conscious, sustainable cocktails are also becoming more popular. This means locally-sourced ingredients, minimal packaging, and fair trade. Look out for bars that offer seasonal ingredients and that support local businesses and sustainable brands. If you’re making your own cocktails, you could check out the local farmers market for ingredients. This way you can enjoy a fabulous cocktail guilt-free. Another advantage for the eco-conscious wine lovers out there is that boxed wine is making a comeback. This is actually a much more sustainable choice due to the practices involved in storing and packaging the wine. It’s also a more effective way to preserve wine and more hygienic.
High-end happy hours
People are investing more in high-quality liquor and luxury brands. These are also often a more sustainable choice. If you’d like to add a touch of class to your cocktails you could invest in a couple of spirits from The Bottle Haus. They offer the latest in quality whiskeys, rums, gin, tequila, and more. Each product is reviewed in detail so you can ensure you’re getting a high standard.
Refreshing summer flavors
Summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy something fruity and refreshing. If you want to make the perfect summer cocktail, consider adding a citrus zest, for example. This will give your drinks a delicious twist and wake up your taste buds. You could also mix in a few fresh berries, herbs, and even flowers to add a bit of color to your summer blends. Why not invent a few of your own recipes this year? For a safer option, you could try out a few of these refreshing summer cocktail recipes.
Spiked sparkling water
Hard seltzer is still incredibly popular for many reasons, so if you’re a fan you’re in luck as there are more brands now than ever. You can choose your favorite flavors of alcoholic sparkling water from a wide range of options. Another reason why it’s so popular is that it’s very low-calorie, so you can indulge in more BBQ snacks instead. Hard seltzers are also available in to-go cans so you can take them to a picnic as well. Here are some of the best hard seltzer brands at the moment. Whichever your drink of choice, there are plenty of fun options for cocktail lovers this summer. You enjoy a few of the classics or even invent your own.