With New Year’s right around the corner you might be wondering which signature drink you’ll be toasting once the clock strikes twelve. Should you cheers with the classic champagne? Refresh the new year with a clean vodka cranberry? Or perhaps hurdle into 2018 full throttle with a Long Island Iced Tea.
With each new year comes a slew of newly crafted cocktails, and along with them some trends that seem to resonate with the mixology crowd. This year was no different, which is why we recommend choosing something with a little more flair for your holiday nightcap.
To help you along the way we ventured to one of Orlando’s newest resorts, The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando, to pick the brain of their head beverage manager and go-to cocktail mastermind, Jeff Muldoon, and get the scoop on this year’s best drink trends.
Cocktail: The Prequel
Now more than ever people seem to be passionate about the origins of their food and libation. The “is it local” mentality has officially gone mainstream. We can’t deny that something is satisfying about knowing your whiskey came from aged oak barrels that once housed Spanish wine, or that your cocktail recipe derived from what ancient mariners used to drink.
Move Over Bacon, It’s All About Maple
Although the bacon trend hasn’t fully exited the building, we must say that maple has taken quite the spotlight this year. A great complement to whiskey, maple provides that tangy sweetness that doesn’t make your cocktail feel overloaded with sugar. Plus, with its nostalgic breakfast-in-bed feel, a maple cocktail will keep you feeling warm and fuzzy until the last sip.
Keep Your Cool
When it comes to enjoying the finest of spirits, it’s best to keep it simple. A thin rimmed glass, a spritz of garnish, and an inspiring cube of ice. This last part seems to have evolved into an art form, with people toting sophisticated whiskey stones, perfect spheres of ice or even fruit filled cubes that make any drink a festive delight.
Ready to mix up a storm? Experiment with these latest trends and create your own signature drink, or try recreating one of our favorite seasonal cocktails below:
Maple & Sage Gin Cream
- 2 oz Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin
- 1-ounce pure maple syrup
- ¾ ounce lemon juice
- ½ ounce heavy cream
Muddle two sage leaves in a mixing tin. Grate nutmeg over mixing tin. Add all ingredients and ice. Shake vigorously and fine strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a sage leaf.
Make a Splash This New Year
With four bars open to guests, and Jeff Muldoon at the helm, The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando, offers plenty of opportunities to try some of these inspired spirited blends first-hand. Plus, when you’re ready to explore beyond the cocktail menu, you can enjoy a float down the resort’s 780-foot lazy river, take a swim in one of their three swimming pools, or catch the first wave of 2018 in their Surfari Waterpark.