The craft cocktail revolution is far from over - it’s just moved from bars and speakeasies into people’s homes. Blame it on Madmen, Millennials or Pinterest, but there is a steadily growing contingent of cocktail enthusiasts who now have more ingredients to play with than ever before.
We’re living in the Golden Age of Home Bartending.
Whether you’re a pro or an ambitious amateur, these are the cocktail trends to watch in 2019.
Trend 8: Home infusions
Infusing alcohol with all kinds of delicious things is not new. It’s very, very old. What is new is the popularity of infusing spirits at home. There are homemade gin kits and DIY bitters kits and clever recipes for infusing liquor with candy.
McCrea’s Candies published master mixologist Dylan Holcomb’s Coconut Caramel Mule recipe that calls for a 750ml bottle of rum (or your favorite spirit – bourbon would be phenomenal) infused with 25 of McCrea’s Candies caramels. Let the caramels sit in the spirit for a few days (the longer they sit, the stronger the flavor, so you may want to ‘test’ it daily), and then use to make a delicious cocktail.
Dylan Holcomb’s Coconut Caramel Mule
- 1 ½ oz caramel-infused Gubba Silver Coconut Rum
- ½ oz. pineapple juice
- 3 oz. ginger beer
- Once you’ve infused the rum with 14 pieces of McCrea’s Candies Ginger Fusion Caramel and 6 pieces of McCrea’s Candies Classic Vanilla Caramel, build all ingredients in a copper mug and stir.
- Garnish with a lime wheel and McCrea’s Candies Ginger Fusion Caramel.