Gin is in for 2016 - a look at cocktail trends

Bamboo cocktail

The forecast for next year's foods trends has begun in earnest. But it's not just food predictions being made; cocktail trends are also being watched. According to the Kimpton Hotel group's bar gurus, gin is the spirit of the moment going into 2016, especially barrel-aged gins. Rosé and sour beer are on the rise, and they predict that the Bamboo Cocktail will be the comeback kid next year. Bartenders are also mixing it up with mismatched vintage glassware, herbs and florals, unique ice cubes, shrubs and house carbonated spirits.

Mocktails are poised to be big next year, targeting people watching their diets, designated drivers, pregnant women, and even "foodie" children.Tropical cocktails, replete with teeny umbrellas, should make their way back onto many drink menus in 2016 as well. Upscale cocktail pairings, with drink flavors designed to specifically complement dishes, will sit alongside traditional wine pairings.

Speaking of wine, consumption of white wines is predicted to continue growing. Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris will double digit growth and Chardonnay, America's No. 1 selling varietal, will continue its ascent. Read about more beverage trends, including a focus on bubble mania.

Photo of Bamboo cocktail from Saveur Magazine

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