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we spill the tea on our fave cocktail trends

#TRENDS

Playful, colourful cocktail creations…

We loved creating colourful, fun and themed cocktails at NightQuarter! From sweet and playful Nutella, cotton candy and layered treats, to botanical and herbaceous concoctions. NightQuarter was a creative playground and the bar was no exception!   

Some of our favourite trends for 2019 are edible garnishes, craft distilleries, sustainability and non-alcoholic creations. 

creative drinkware 

Funky and insta-worthy drinkware takes any cocktail to the next level! Vintage inspired can cocktails from Sailor Jerrys and Mount Gay were some of our favourites! 

Mocktails

Creative housemade syrups and tonics, fermented ingredients and non-alcoholic spirits… the opportunities for exciting non-alcoholic creations are endless. The Berry Smash mocktail at NightQuarter was a refreshing weekend beverage without the hangover. Full of antioxidants, fresh berries and mint…  it is a good excuse to try it – if you need an excuse at all!

Food Inspired Cocktails

Let’s be real… it’s all about the gram! We love creating colourful, aesthetic cocktails worthy of the perfect Boomerang.   Some of our favourites from NightQuarter were the Golden Gaytime, Nutella and Tim Tam cocktails and fairy floss rainbow margaritas.

New Flavours

With the publicity of turmeric and healthy drinking, tumeric it is being used as a new flavour
in cocktails. Bartenders love to combine new flavours and get creative! It is an orange-yellow and a powerful healing herb with its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Often difficult to identify however vaguely recognise, it offers an ability to inspire a sense of mystery in drinkers that subconsciously trigger memories to past experiences with the flavour. 

Gumball Martinis

They are all the rage and are so nostalgic! The Gumball Martini is a fabulous blend of liquors, super strong and tastes delicious and appeals to all generations. Thinking of different ways to serve cocktails makes it Insta-worthy … from the fruit to gumball machines!

Botanicals

Gin is made up of botanicals and distilleries like Husk under its brand ‘Ink Gin’ are utilising native ingredients and utilising science to create that ‘wow’ effect. Butterfly pea flowers are highly sensitive to pH. When the floral-infused Ink Gin is mixed with something of low pH (including gin’s best friends tonic water, lime or lemon), the colour changes dramatically from blue to blush pink.

A slick marketing campaign has also kick started a trend for drinking Hendricks Gin, promoting “an unusual twist on the traditional tea time experience” serving the cocktails in branded teapots, cups and saucers. If you haven’t tried it – it is a good way to impress and can replace that afternoon cuppa or high tea bringing you back to that Alice in Wonderland storybook experience.

Layered Cocktails

With the popularity of rainbows, layered cocktails are back. Simply layering slightly different densities of various liqueurs creating an array of coloured layers, typically two to seven. Popular examples include, the Neapolitan jello shot layers topped with whipped cream made of infused cake vodka – just like a sundae. Whilst this may appeal to younger generations the Black Velvet Beer Cocktail appeal to an older and more adventurous consumer mixing champagne and beer…who would of thought!