The 2011 edition of F&W Cocktails, out this month, reveals the latest drink news from bars across the country. Here are four of the best drink trends, with cocktail recipes to match.
1. Drink Trend: Chef Cocktails
Top chefs are teaming up with mixologistsand sometimes even picking up cocktail shakersto create innovative drinks like the Porch Crawler.
Try the trend: Porch Crawler© Tina Rupp
2. Drink Trend: Salted Spirits
Big grains of salt rim many a margarita glass. But as the Silver Monk proves, a pinch of salt can add complexity to sophisticated bittersweet drinks.
Try the trend: Silver Monk© Tina Rupp
3. Drink Trend: Soda-Fountain Drinks
Mixologists are taking a cue from old-fashioned soda fountains and making nonalcoholic cocktails with artisanal syrups, like the Almond-Fennel Cooler.
Try the trend: Almond-Fennel Cooler© Tina Rupp
4. Drink Trend: Tea Infusions
Steeping spirits with tea can add depth. Try black tea for astringency (as in the Tea Thyme), green tea for nuttiness and jasmine tea for floral notes.
Try the trend: Tea Thyme