The Cocktail Trends of 2021

In Partnership with Bacardi Limited.

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Elise Etem

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Cocktails and entertaining go hand in hand and because of this, we make sure to carefully follow the goings-on in the spirits world. Bacardi Limited recently released its 2021 Cocktail Trends Report and we’re excited to share with you some of their findings and a trio of recipes to try.


Celebrating From Home & Experimentation

Over the past year, our living room floors have become dance floors, to-go has replaced dine in, and nights out on the town have made way for at-home gatherings with our pods. Bacardi Limited credits this shift in lifestyle for inspiring many of us to experiment with cocktail-making ourselves.

Whether you’re new to the mixology game or consider yourself a pro, we highly recommend adding the GREY GOOSE® LE FIZZ to your next at-home celebration’s drink menu. Recipe below!

Ingredients

1.5 parts GREY GOOSE® Vodka

1 part ST~GERMAIN® Elderflower Liqueur

.75 part Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

2 parts Soda Water

Method

1. Build all ingredients apart from soda water in a shaker.

2. Top with cubed ice and shake.

3. Fine strain into a chilled flute.

4. Top with chilled soda water.


Make It Mindful

The rapid rise in popularity and assortment of low-alcohol and alcohol-free beverages shows no signs of slowing and quite frankly, we’re here for it. These alternative drinks have made the world of “adult beverages” accessible to everyone.

Whether you’re seeking mindful consumption options, choose not to drink or are not of-age, there are plenty of tasty no- and low-alcohol alternative drinks for you to explore and indulge in. The ST~GERMAIN® SPRITZ is one of our favorite low-ABV cocktails. Recipe below – enjoy!

Ingredients

4 parts dry MARTINI & ROSSI Prosecco

1.5 parts ST~GERMAIN®

Club Soda

Method

1. Pour MARTINI & ROSSI Prosecco into a large ice filled wine glass.

2. Add ST~GERMAIN® and top off with club soda.


Nostalgia & Escapism Rule the Day 

Sentiments of nostalgic comfort and escapism are driving our collective desire for extreme flavors and twists on classic cocktails. We’re gleefully playing outside of our cocktail comfort zones by exploring new, more intense flavors, perhaps subconsciously as we seek to “spice up” our day-to-day lives in lockdown. If this trend is news to you and you’re intrigued, consider adding spicy, smoky, supersweet, and/or bitter sensations to your drink the next time you play bartender.

The BACARDÍ Ocho Old Fashioned with Chocolate Bitters comes highly recommended…

Ingredients

1.5 parts BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho

.5 part Fig Marmalade

.25 part Simple Syrup

1 dash Chocolate Bitters

Black Cherries for garnish

Method

1. Combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker and fill with ice.

2. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice.

3. Garnish with black cherries.


If you’d like to read the full report, you can find it HERE!


DATE
February 19, 2021
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