Trends in Alcohol Consumption

Today, people either really love alcohol, or they try to stray as far away from it as possible. People are becoming more self-aware of what they’re consuming and are sometimes going as far as to monitor how much they’re drinking. There has been a movement towards being sober and not drinking at all. Obviously, people are still drinking in excess, but including non-alcoholic drinks on your menu is something to think about! Searching for a great tasting, non-alcoholic drink that people actually want to drink can be difficult, but here are some great recipes:

 

Mojito Mocktail

Ingredients: 

  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Small, bunch mint
  • 3 juiced limes
  • Soda water

Mix the sugar with the leaves from the mint using a pestle and mortar. Then put a handful of crushed ice in 2 glasses and divide the lime juice between the glasses with the mint mix. Add a straw and top with soda water.

 

Gin Free Gin & Tonic

Ingredients:

  • 5 cardamom pods
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 chamomile teabag
  • ½ bunch mint leaves
  • 1 strip lemon zest
  • 5 cloves
  • ½ bunch rosemary
  • Tonic water
  • Ice

Bruise the cardamom pods, slice the cucumber, and put them in a large jug and add the chamomile teabag, mint leaves, lemon zest, cloves, and rosemary. Top with 500ml of cold water. Leave to infuse in the fridge for 2-4 hours. When serving, strain the infused water and pour 50ml of water into each glass. Top with tonic water and lots of ice.

 

Educating yourself on drinking trends can help you move your restaurant in the right direction, and ultimately help you provide the best experience for your customer.