kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Cocktail Trends to Watch

The Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. (DISCUS) recently released their list of the top five cocktail trends to watch. DC mixologists are definitely ahead of the curve...

1. The rise of super premium spirits: Evidenced in part by the umpteen kinds of super premium gin alone out there. Check out New Heights' Gin Joint.

2. Innovative infusions: Everyone out there is doing simple syrups that are anything but...with fresh herbs, fruits, and even flowers. Aisling Fitzpatrick of Alexandria's Vermilion is big on infusions.

3. A fresh and seasonal focus: Todd Thrasher of PX and Restaurant Eve won't use it if it's not in season, and lots of other mixologists follow this golden rule.

4. Added bartending technique: It's not just throwing liquor and ice in a glass, says Sebastian Zutant of Proof, who makes his own Vermouth.

5. The resurgence of old-fashioned ingredients like Chartreuse and Creme de Violette, which Washington Post Spirits Columnist Jason Wilson reviewed awhile back.