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What are the new cocktails trends for 2008

flameworkart May 3, 2008 07:42 AM

What are the new cocktails of the year- we have had our share of cosmo martini's, mojito's etc..... looking for some fresh new ideas- have any?

  1. Unplugged May 3, 2008 09:27 AM

    I'm gonna go with pomegranate anything. Down here in DC there are a few places capitalizing on house-infused spirits as well.

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      MichaelG May 3, 2008 11:50 AM

      Seems like rye whiskey and Sazerac cocktails (Sazerac is both a brand and a cocktail) are quite popular these days.

      1. JMF May 3, 2008 05:17 PM

        This is an area I have been specializing in the past year or so. Having had over 70 different cocktails in NYC while doing research for a TV show I will be hosting, and writing articles the past week, I say: Rye has come back big, but that's old news. Also savory based cocktails that have herbs and spices in them like nutmeg (real old school) or rosemary. Flips, fizzes, and drinks with egg are real big, and real good. Some are going sweet, but most are going dry. While cocktails are going off in all directions, spins on 1800's style cocktails are the trend. No ifs, ands, or buts. And I like it.

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          vinosnob May 6, 2008 08:27 AM

          I agree. Vintage cocktails, house-made bitters, etc. seem to be gaining even more popularity.

          It's fun to drink something my grandfather slugged down in years past...

        2. Papa Kip Chee May 5, 2008 08:32 AM

          Asian inspired seems to be big. Shiso leaf for muddling; exotic fruits (mangosteen, guava, passion fruit); teas used in combo with spirit (brewed) or infused into spirits. I like JMF's mention of 'savory' flavors, and inclusions of eggs, flips, etc. Variations of Pisco Sours have popped up places I've been. How about Cachaca...I think it's the next tequila - not just in caipirinhas... The stuff is good, it just needs some finesse to work it into the right recipe.

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            AlbertaHound May 5, 2008 11:54 AM

            Not emerging, but still popular: House-infused liquors can be amazing. The vanilla tea-infused Makers Mark I had recently blew me away.

            1. MC Slim JB May 5, 2008 05:19 PM

              Gin and sour milk: you heard it here first.

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                JMF May 5, 2008 07:08 PM

                You just made me spit my glass of gin all over my monitor! That's just not right.

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                  aynne35 May 15, 2008 07:54 AM


                  For years when I tended bar I had the most interesting little old fellow that used to come in and drink cutty sark and milk, I kid you not... He passed away at 92, so who knows? However, I am not giving up my sapphire martinis anytime soon ;)

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                    MC Slim JB May 15, 2008 12:47 PM

                    I know of several older drinkers who drank Scotch and milk in the bad old days before they discovered that most gastric ulcers are caused by an easily treatable bacterium. (Irritating foods and booze were incorrectly blamed; milk was supposed to help, which maybe it did, a little.) Two Australian scientists got Nobels for identifying the baceterial cause.

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                      Eric in NJ May 15, 2008 01:06 PM

                      Isn't that called a "White Cadillac"?

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                    sailormouth May 6, 2008 10:35 AM

                    Funny, I've been thinking of playing with buttermilk, but Shirley you're joking.

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                      Papa Kip Chee May 6, 2008 01:49 PM

                      hmmmmm...incorporate vanilla/maple and you might have some kind of herby pancake thing going?

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                        cherie May 27, 2008 11:49 AM

                        Years ago, a friend of mine went to a wedding in New Orleans. He found it interesting that many of the local guests were having bourbon and milk at brunch the next morning.

                    2. Pei May 12, 2008 11:36 AM

                      In general, things that aren't so sweet. Fresh citrus, traditionally savory herbs like basil or cloves, darker versions of tequila and rum. Also, the use of agave nectar instead of sugar.

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                        ted May 15, 2008 06:27 AM

                        I have to admit I don't totally get the agave nectar, other than cache'. Feel free to set me straight.

                        Too bad it'd look muddy (and I'm tempted anyway), but I think raw cane juice would be good in the right cocktail.

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                          Papa Kip Chee May 15, 2008 10:07 AM

                          Yes, it is not magical...just another sweetner. Actually, I don't know if you'd want it to have that much actual agave flavor..? I think someone just found out how to market this product/by-product - more power to them, but I am not yet running out to purchase some overpriced 'simple syrup'.

                          1. re: ted
                            Pei May 19, 2008 02:53 PM

                            I like it in lime/lemon drinks because I feel like it's lighter and grassier than sugar syrup. It allows the citrus and a good silver tequila to really shine. But no, it's not a huge difference or a must have.

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                          foodeye May 13, 2008 05:43 PM

                          Not as a drink by itself, but Chartreuse VEP seems to be included in a lot of cocktail concoctions right now.

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                            jspear May 22, 2008 06:08 AM

                            have seen this as well, I think people are into muddling and following the mohito craze. I have been making a lot more old fashions with some interesting muddles.

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                            Morticia May 23, 2008 10:10 PM

                            Muddling is definitely a big trend in cocktails these days...some of my favorites include ones with cucumber and basil, or ginger and serrano chilis. Most are with vodka, and include a bit of lime. All are refreshing and not too sweet!

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