Like fashion and food, the landscape of cocktails is largely predicted by popular trends. Thanks to the resurgence of tiki drinks such as the Jungle Bird, refined disco sips like the Harvey Wallbanger, and anything and everything made with mezcal, last year was a fun time for liquor lovers. But with a new year come new trends and new techniques. Here are three things to look out for in the new year.
Of all the styles of cocktails — sours and Champagnes, fizzes and flips — perhaps no other has received a worse reputation than the tiki drink. First popularized in Hollywood in the mid-1930s, tropical-inspired sips were all the rage among sweltering LA locals for several decades. Come the ‘60s and ‘70s, however, bartenders who didn’t specialize in tiki recipes cheapened the drinks with processed juices and overly sugary syrups, making them more synonymous with tacky […]
First popularized in the mid-1930s, tiki cocktails were all the rage among sweltering LA locals for several decades. The beginning of tiki culture is largely credited to Ernest Raymond Beaumont-Gantt, a man from Louisiana who opened Don the Beachcomber after sailing through the South Pacific. The Polynesian-themed restaurant featured Cantonese cuisine and potent rum punch made with the freshest of ingredients. The location was so popular, it inspired other tiki bars, most notably Trader Vic’s, […]
Welcome to the second installment of our travel series, where Cocktail Builder hops around the country to find the hottest cocktails from newly opened bars. (After all, who better to provide a little libation inspiration than some of the most sought-after bartenders in the nation?) Not only are we bringing you information on where to go and what to order, but we’ll even give you the recipes to create these cocktails from the comfort of […]