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Four Fun Cocktail Trends

It’s an exciting moment in mixology, with evolving cocktail palates driving global drink menus along increasingly sophisticated paths. At Capers Catering and Olive & Twist Mobile Bar, we therefore find ourselves amid an endless wonderland of possible spirit combinations, and we are here for it!


Join us, as we walk you through four top cocktail trends our clients are currently loving


Mocktails

More and more, clients are requesting non-alcoholic signature cocktail options to offer their guests. Whether you’d like to forego alcohol entirely at your event or present a non-alcoholic alternative to your signature cocktail, we’re ready for it. Our mixologists are adept at recreating your favorite drinks with a variety of secret ingredients in place of alcohol. Give us a chance to test your taste buds…you may not even miss the alcohol.


Pictured Below: We can turn virtually any cocktail into a mocktail. Try us!


Barrel-Aged Cocktails

Though the barrel-aged cocktail concept has been around for over a decade, its ongoing, widespread popularity keep it riding atop the trend wave. The barrel-aging process allows drink ingredients to deeply co-mingle, balancing flavors while adding layers of complexity that include hints of caramel, spice, and smokiness.


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Breakfast of Champions Bourbon, Cold Brew, Simple Syrup, Orange Juice, Egg White, Dehydrated Orange Garnish

Rosemary-Maple Bourbon Sour Bourbon, Rosemary-Maple Simple Syrup, Lemon, Luxardo Cherry-Rosemary Garnish


Agave-Based Cocktails We’re all familiar with tequila and its ubiquitous presence in the ever-popular margarita. But in the microcosm of agave-based spirits, tequila is just the beginning. While top-shelf tequila is exclusively made from blue agave, mezcal—tequila’s smoky, small-batch cousin—can be made from one or many of dozens of agave varieties, resulting in a sea of subtly different variations of mezcal. Consider swapping tequila or mezcal for the more traditional liquors in, for example, the typically gin-based gimlet or negroni…or another of your favorite cocktails.


Pictured At Right & Below: Smoky Pineapple Margarita Mezcal, Tequila, Pineapple, Chilies, Lime, Grilled Pineapple Garnish

Negroni

Gin, Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Orange Twist Garnish


Savory Cocktails

Spicy, briney, umami-forward, and balanced-with-bitters cocktails have made their presence known as modern diners seek to experience rich, nuanced flavors over traditionally sweeter sips. One familiar example is the classic dirty martini, featuring gin, dry vermouth, and olive brine. For a spice-infused leap along the savory cocktail path, try our Garden of Earthly Delight: a blend of tequila, fresh green juice, ginger simple syrup, lemon, chili oil, and cucumber ribbon garnish. The possibilities are truly endless—how deeply savory you want to venture along this path is up to you.


Pictured Below:

Garden of Earthly Delight Tequila, Fresh Green Juice, Ginger Simple Syrup, Lemon, Chili Oil, Cucumber Ribbon Garnish

Pickled Spanish Carrot Tequila, Fresh-Pressed Carrot Juice, Lime, Ginger Simple Syrup, Pickle Juice, Pickle-Lotus Root-Pepper-Carrot Garnish


Whether you’re ready to follow one or all of these trends, we’re prepared to collaborate with you to create your ideal cocktail menu from drinks you already know and love, or by concocting new signature options that perfectly represent you. Following a few quick questions about the flavors you crave, we’ll be off to the races, crafting your customized cocktail and/or mocktail offerings to pair perfectly with the food you plan to serve at your event.


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