Seasonal cocktails are iconic for hot days and warm nights. They embody those holiday vibes and are associated with celebration and letting your hair down: All good things you want your bar or restaurant to be associated with. So whether it’s with a signature pre-dinner drink, a welcome with a twist or an after dinner pick-me-up, quenching your customer’s thirst should be high up on your list of deliverables. With this in mind, we wondered what drinks will be making waves this year. So here are some key cocktail trends, which are essential additions to your restaurant or bar menu this season:
Classic and fruity cocktails
Fruits and roots are the ideal inspiration for cocktails this season. Ensure your bar or restaurant has a variety of fresh local fruits on hand. Don’t be afraid to experiment with classic favourites like the Margarita- but make it your own by adding fresh herbs like rosemary or basil, and a host of local berries to create some new fruity infusions. Or how about turning the table on the Mojito by adding a minted honey syrup to give it an extra kick.
There are tons of Aperol Spritz options sweeping the international bar scene at the moment.These come to life in a variety ofapéritifs or digestifs, a host of fruit options, soda water and even champagne. It might be oranges, berries, or cucumbers, or any summer fruit to bring in a bit of sweetness. This trend is on the incline as it is so incredibly refreshing and hits all the right notes on a warm day.
Savoury cocktails are great to take the edge off before dinner arrives. Internationally there is a big demand for drinks with lower sugar content and we are seeingso many savoury flavours like celery, lemon, aloe, bitters and yellow chartreuse on the menu. Cocktails that lean towards vegetal ingredients are balanced, light and quench like no other.
More and more patrons are becoming health conscious and wellness orientated. This extends beyond the main course and will reflect in their beverage of choice as well. Drinks with low or no alcohol will cater right into the hands of these customers. Not only will they be a welcome change from diet drinks and water, but they can also be enjoyed at any time of the day and are ideal for work meetings.
What is the best equipment for making cocktails in your bar or restaurant?
Making the best cocktails begins with the best equipment:Enter the Hamilton Beach Blender. Brought to you by the folks at Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.– The leading designer, marketer and distributor of branded small electric household and specialty housewares appliances, as well as commercial products for restaurants, bars and hotels. Hamilton Beach also produces a line of blenders of commercial quality, which are used in restaurants and bars all over the world, and they can be used for a variety of purposes.
Commercial blenders by Hamilton Beach are made with a wider base and larger container than Single-Serve blenders. All of them are equipped with a Wave-Action System for pushing the ingredients down towards the blade, and they come with 4 high quality stainless steel blades. These blenders come with a variety of programs and speed controls. They differ depending on the model, but they are more versatile than those on Single-Serve blenders. They also have the possibility of adjusting speed, One-Touch Chopping, the option of monitoring the motor temperature and the alert when the motor overheats.
Why does your bar or restaurant need a commercial blender?
You want a lot of customers at your bar or restaurant right? Well then you need the right equipment to cater for that kind of volume. While commercial blenders are pricier, they can be used for multiple purposes at the bar or in the kitchen. They can be used for making alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, smoothies, milkshakes and juices. In addition to that, they are excellent for chopping food, grinding coffee and nuts and preparing dough for pancakes, donuts or other treats.
Blame it on Millennials, Pinterest or Madmen, but the golden age of cocktails is officially upon us. So as an on-trend bar or restaurant, get in touch with Chef’s Depot to get your hands on the Hamilton Beach Blender and other commercial kitchen essentials. Now that you’re all set up, all that’s left to do is get those creative juices flowing and drink it all in.