Drinks on tap, including pre-batched cocktails at NYC’s Yours Sincerely, were de rigueur.
Looking back, 2016 was a real roller coaster, wasn’t it? Leaving politics aside for the moment (gonna need a stiff drink to discuss that election, my friend), here’s a rundown of some of the spirits and cocktail trends that shaped 2016. (And check out predictions of what 2017 might bring.)
1. Economic sustainability efforts in bars continued to attract attention.
This was driven in large part by London’s “zero waste” bar White Lyan and offbeat offshootTrash Tiki.
7. Restaurateurs paid more attention to cocktails.
Porchlight, the first cocktail bar from Danny Meyer, kicked it off in New York City in late 2015, joined in 2016 byThe Stinger (the first cocktail bar from Todd English) and fancyFowler & Wells (from Tom Colicchio, though to be fair, his restaurants usually have strong cocktail programs).
8. Rye whiskey continued its astounding ascent.
Younger drinkers are flocking to rye. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States even released a study showing that rye sales had skyrocketed 500 percent (!!) during the last five years. One reason behind the rye boom: more—and more interesting—rye bottlings are coming out.