Rakia is the generic term for unaged brandies made with plums, pears, cherries or other tree fruits produced in eastern and southeastern Europe. These brandies are mostly unknown throughout the United States but one hospitality group is out to change that.
Bartenders are turning to a couple of old friends for creative cocktail inspiration - fire and ice. Summer cocktails are taking two opposite but compelling paths as blender drinks are once again fashionable and making use of smoke appealing to more and more guests.
Bar snacks help to increase check size and keep customers at your bar longer, reducing the length of time they can spend at your competitors' venues. Lingering guests, of course, boost your bottom line.