Bottoms Up: Tipple trends for 2018

I don’t have a crystal ball, nor is my forté predicting the future. However, from what I’ve seen over the last while, certain trends in alcohol seem to exist and will likely carry on throughout 2018. Here are some. The beer industry never seems to suffer, and no matter what, continues to thrive. What I […]

Flavoured spirits more than sweet

Bartenders love them and consumers embrace them. They make for interesting drink concoctions that are yummy. Behold flavoured spirits. Producers in the last number of years have blown this category of alcoholic beverages wide open and the trend continues to grow. So what exactly is a flavoured spirit? Simply put, it’s a hard spirit that, […]

Drinking upscale for the holidays

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year filled with family, friends, festive get-togethers, and of course, great meals. What we sip with our festive foods should be something that is a notch or two above the ordinary. This is a great opportunity to pull out those special or rare bottles you’ve been hanging […]

Matching spirits and food

One of the hottest trends in restaurants today is matching spirits and food. Let’s understand that because they’re high in alcohol (usually 40 per cent or better), spirits cannot be consumed like wine or beer. We simply don’t drink them in the same volumes, and by writing this column, I am in no way suggesting […]

Rum – a taste of the Caribbean

It’s that time of year, folks. The shorts and patio furniture are away, and our thoughts once again drift to warmer climates. No doubt, many of you will probably be heading south to the Caribbean over the next several months to escape winter. If you’re one of the fortunate to do so, you best prepare […]