Gin Trends 2022
If you were asked to name the first five liquors that come to your mind, undoubtedly gin will be one of them. In fact, there was a time when a gin martini was the trendiest cocktail among business professionals and that trend lasted for decades. Whether it was a dry or sweet gin martini, up or on the rocks, there wasn’t a cocktail hour anywhere that didn’t sell more martinis than any other cocktail trending at that time. For those of you who are among those who still enjoy a good gin cocktail, you may be surprised to learn that there is a great number of artisan cocktails with gin as one of the key ingredients.
One of the main reasons why there are so many gin cocktails trending today is the fact that distillers are creating a wide variety of flavours that often bear little resemblance to traditional distilled barley or wheat. Today’s distillers lean toward artisan blends with the inclusion of a wide variety of botanicals. Some say that any blend is fine as long as juniper is predominant, but that is also slowly fading away into the annals of history. Today, some of the trendiest brands of gin are fruity, and when distilled as an aperitif, they can be quite fruity, herbal, and sweet.
Another gin trend of recent years is topping a cocktail off with a variety of exotic garnishes. Where the traditional garnishes were olives, onions, lemon, and lime, now you are likely to see lovely herbs and flowers along with a huge number of fruits gracing the glass. Some high-end restaurants and bars pride themselves on serving gin cocktails garnished with edible flowers of which rosemary and lavender are among the most popular. Yes, rosemary is considered an herb, but it also has a lovely blossom.
Whetting the Appetite with Gin Aperitifs
Traditionally, gin martinis were served as an aperitif because of its ability to stimulate an appetite. An aperitif is considered such if it has a low alcohol content and are often bitter and dry. Today’s gin aperitifs are consistent with that property but the aperitifs trending in 2022 are not usually limited to martinis. Any distillation of gin or gin cocktail that is relatively low in alcohol content and is dry enough to stimulate an appetite is still trending today.
It should also be mentioned that today’s artisan gins can be quite fruity or spicy as well. Gin cocktails usually rely on the mixers to change the level of sweetness, but there are artisan gins that are really quite smooth and equally as sweet. If you are looking for the leading gin trends 2022, try to sample as many artisan products as you can. You will be amazed at all the differences and nuances of flavour found in gin today. There is no reason to think that you need to resign yourself to dry gin lining the shelves of bars. There is an abundance of flavours to sample, and that’s the latest and greatest trend in 2022. That would be sampling artisan gin for the sheer pleasure of it.