Have Plate Will Travel : Cocktails trend towards savory, culinary creations for 2015


Monday, December 1, 2014

Cocktails trend towards savory, culinary creations for 2015

The New Year comes with predictions on food trends, flavor explosions and culinary exploration. Food isn’t the only culinary area with hot trends for 2015. Cocktails and alcoholic beverages have become an expansive category and the topic of trends. 

In the Chicago area, several restaurants and bars have been leading trendsetters in the world of cocktails and alcoholic beverages. From the popularity of the craft beer and microbrew movement to artisan cocktails, Chicago has a wide variety of cocktail focus locales. 

For 2015, restaurateurs and culinary experts predict the following trends for alcoholic beverages and cocktails/cocktail ingredients. 

Alcoholic Beverages
1. Micro-distilled/artisan spirits
2. Locally produced beer/wine/spirits
3. “New Make” whiskey
4. Food-beer pairings
5. House-brewed beer

Cocktails/Cocktail Ingredients
1. Onsite barrel-aged drinks
2. Regional signature cocktails
3. Culinary cocktails
4. Food-liquor/cocktail pairings
5. Edible cocktails

Whether you head to the newest Tiki Bar, local watering hole or upscale cocktail lounge, explore the menus for the 2015 trends in beverages. One sip could change your perspective on the traditional cocktail.

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