Friday, January 15, 2016

2016 Cocktail Trends That We Can All Look Forward To!

With the new year comes new goals, new ideas, new affirmations and of course, new cocktails! It's the perfect time to mix up your ordinary drink routine and step up the mixology game for 2016!


To keep up to speed and on trend with the ever changing cocktail scene, Hornitos Tequila has pulled together a few key tips and recipes that are sure to be a hit in 2016. Whether you are looking for unique spirits to sample or a well made cocktail to savor, Hornitos Tequila offers everything you need to kick off the new year the right way, while staying on top of the latest trends.

Classic Come-Back ~ Bartenders and consumers will take a minimalist approach by preparing simple drinks that pay homage to the classic cocktail era and celebrate the base spirit. Try Hornitos Black Barrel Manhattan or Tequila Sour for a new tequila twist on an a few old favorites which highlight the tequila's "whiskey-like" characteristics.


Spice It Up ~ Is it getting hot in here? No, wait! That's just your drink. Spicy drinks and bold flavor combinations will continue to grow in popularity throughout 2016 with bartenders using cinnamon, natural spices and jalapeno peppers to add a little spice to your sip. If you're a fan of the latest trend, heat things up with Hornitos Tequila's Muy Caliente or try Hornitos Spiced Honey Tequila which features natural honey flavor and a special blend, creating a "sweet meets heat" profile!

Tiki Time ~ The retro tiki bar trend has made its way back into the mainstream and ushered a craving for tropical cocktails. Hornitos Watermelon Paloma or Triunfante will be sure to put anyone in the island mindset as you look ahead to the warmer months.

Photogenic Cocktails ~ If you didn't post it, did it really happen? Bartenders and restaurant owners unamimously responded to the trend of consumers posting pictures of their drinks with "instagram-worthy" garnishes. Next time you start to mix up a camera friendly cocktail, try Hornitos Red Head ~ it's good enough to TWEET!


Hornitos Black Barrel Manhattan

  • 2 parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
  • 1/2 part Amaro
  • 1 part Simple Syrup
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Orange Peel (burnt)
  • Maraschino Cherry
Preparation: Stir all ingredients with ice and strain inot a cocktail glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a burnt orange peel and maraschino cherry. 


Tequila Sour
  • 1 1/4 parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila
  • 1/4 part Agave
  • 1/2 part lemon juice
  • Lemon wedge
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.


Muy Caliente
  • 2 parts Hornitos Plata Tequila
  • 1/2 part lime juice
  • 3/4 part simple syrup
  • Jalapeno
Preparation: Muddle one jalapeno slice in a glass and combine remainder of ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into the glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a jalapeno slice. 


Watermelon Paloma
  • 2 parts Hornitos Plata Tequila
  • 1 part Watermelon juice
  • 3/4 part Agave
  • 3/4 part lime
  • 1 part seltzer
  • Handful of cilantro
  • Watermelon wedge
  • Paprika Sea Salt
Preparation: Add all ingredients into a mixing glass, excluding the seltzer. Shake well for approximately five seconds and add seltzer. Double strain into a Collins glass and garnish with a watermelon wedge and rim the glass with paprika sea salt. 


Triunfante
  • 2 parts Hornitos Plata Tequila
  • 1/2 part agave
  • 1 part lime juice
  • 2 parts coconut water
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Lime peel
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with a lime peel. 


The Red Head
  • 2 parts Hornitos Plata Tequila
  • 1 1/2 parts ginger beer
  • 3/4 part honey
  • 1/4 part allspice
  • 1 part lemon
Preparation: Mix together all spice and honey. Add all ingredients into a mixing glass, excluding ginger beer. Shake well for approximately three seconds and add ginger beer. Strain into a Collins glass and add ice and a mint sprig for garnish.

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