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Drink Development

Drink development ideas; the latest in spirits and mixology trends.


Mae Governale, Oak + Char Article
How to Build a New Drink Menu   November 11, 2014

The drink menu for Chicago's new Oak + Char includes cocktails named after friends and supporters, and includes the culinary and quirky (a vegan frozen drink). We ask Mae Governale how she crafted the new menu.More>>

Retro Cocktails Article
Throwing Back Retro Cocktails   November 3, 2014

Today, bartenders are taking a "do over"; reviving retro cocktails with high-quality spirits and mixers, and an attention to detail that makes for libations that are...More>>

Molasses - a go-to ingredient among bartenders. Article
Treacly Tipples   October 6, 2014

Unctuous and earthy, molasses is becoming a go-to ingredient among bartenders. Especially around this time of year, when brown spirits, spices and heavier libations reign.More>>

New Fall Cocktail Flavors Article
New Fall Cocktail Flavors   September 30, 2014

Pumpkin, apple, baking spices and other tweaks are on the rise as beverage menus start to change with the weather.More>>

Creative Garnishes for Cocktails News
Creative Garnishes   August 23, 2014

There have been an increasing amount of creative, extravagant cocktail garnishes popping up on drink menus this year. You must have seen a Bloody Mary somewhere that is garnished to the max.More>>

New Menu Development for Chain Restaurants Article
Strategies for New Menu Rollouts   July 21, 2014

Rolling out a new menu can present many challenges that should be addressed early and consistently throughout the process. Implementation is relatively easy. Integration is not so easy.More>>

Hyatt Hotels Creates Customizable Beverage Menu Across the Chain's Multiple Brands Article
Hyatt Creates Customizable Beverage Menu   July 21, 2014

How do you keep beverage menus fresh and local in units located in many major and minor markets? Let them do it themselves, and that approach won Hyatt Hotels and Resorts the 2014 VIBE Vista Award for best menu program. More>>

Minus5  Frozen Cocktails Article
Frozen Fun For Summer    July 1, 2014

As the weather gets warmer all thoughts are turning more to frozen beverages for bar and nightclub operators. Rolling out frozen drinks, both classic and updated, using top of the line equipment and products is a must. More>>

Carolina Ale House Article
Carolina Ale House Makes Menus Work   June 9, 2014

Winner of the 2014 VIBE Vista award for best menu, the regional chain boosted sales through concise and savvy redesign.More>>

W Hotel Living Room Lounge Article
W Makes Cocktails Key   May 27, 2014

2014 VIBE Vista Award winner for best spirits program, the W Hotel chain created a set of recipes with the help of a top level mixologist that set the stage for growth.More>>



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