Cocktail trends can be tricky to keep track of because, for the most part, they are driven by where you are drinking. What is hot on the East Coast may be totally different than what is hot on the West Coast and completely different from what is going on in Europe or any other part of the world. Trends do get picked up and spread to a wider audience, but that is only if we talk about them and that can be difficult.
This is where you, the drinker, comes in. I would like to start a discussion in which we share some of today's most popular drinks (cocktails, mixed drinks, shooters) in your local area. It is very common for a cocktail to be created by one bartender and it travels through the area because drinkers ask the bartender down the street to make one up. It is a fun procession to watch.
The question here is whether there is a cocktail that is a hit in your area, has taken over the scene, and cannot be found when you travel? Tell us about it including a general idea of where to find it. If you know the recipe or ingredients, include those as well. Bartenders, I'd like to hear from you as well... is there a certain drink that everyone is or was asking for and you had to find the recipe to keep up with demand?
Note: If a recipe for a drink is unknown, there is a chance that I can find it and there is always the possibility that another reader knows it as well. Feel free to add the unknowns to this discussion. What's Hot Now
- Fireball. It has taken the city by storm, and I live in Las Vegas. It is in every bar from the nasty dives, casual corner bars, upscale lounges, nightclubs, and even found in fine dining places. And it is being drank in all of them.
- I needed a popular ladies drink that hit the spot for a hot night with no ac. So I took 1oz kinky vodka 1oz whip vodka 1/2oz kraken spice rum muddle oranges add Blu rasp symple syrup watermelon juice dash triple sec shake strain over rocks and blend splash soda to top. This hit the spot for my club goers on a horrific night when it was 90 degrees outside and the buildings ac unit went out. Guests were miserable and I felt their pain to maintain and cool them off I whipped up this chilled slushy cocktail I call Sinful. It hit the spot for both guys and gals! It became popular and I started receiving requests just after one night.
- —Guest Amyb
Bev Team Leader The Ritz-Carlton Dallas
- We have lots of weddings here at The R-C. What I like to do is name drinks after our Brides. Now we surely don't forget the Groom however in the tasting's I like to make drinks using the Brides colors. I have done a Lavender Martini and a lot of pink, red and white drinks. We have done smoking cocktails and a lot of Champagne Cocktails using my new recipe. 2 oz cranberry juice 1 oz freshly made lemon and lime sweet and sour, 1 oz club soda and float Champagne on top. Garnish with lime wheel and raspberry. I have done these with different sugar rims like raspberry flavor, dessicated colored coconut, and other colors. These are a big hit with the Ladies. These are made over ice in a tall glass. Cheers!
- —Guest James Hollmer