Young’s Market Company is proud to partner with a few of the most prominent mixologists in the industry to bring you a new blog series: Mixology Masters. From new spins on classic cocktails, to industry trends and forecasts, we’re hoping to inspire you to try something new in your bar program!

This week, we hear from Kim Haasarud, producer of Arizona Cocktail Week, who lets us in on the top three cocktail trends for Spring 2019, and gives us a recipe for each. Take some inspiration from Haasarud’s suggestions for you Spring/Summer bar program! 

 

FLOWERS & FLORALS

While flowers and florals have always been associated with Spring, expect to see more and more of them in cocktails. Whether it’s a syrup or a garnish, they can really make your cocktails pop! 

LAVENDAR COLLINS

1.5 oz Hendricks gin
0.75 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz Monin Pure Cane syrup
0.5 oz Monin Lavender syrup
2 oz club soda
Garnish: lavender strand

BLENDER DRINKS

Blended drinks have made a huge comeback! And, they’re not just for Piña Coladas and Strawberry Daiquiris. Expect to see a lot more classic cocktails given the blender treatment over the next few months. 

FROZEN OLD CUBAN
1.5 oz Ron Matusalem Aged Rum
0.75 oz lime juice
1.25 oz demerara syrup
1 oz prosecco
4 mint leaves
 
Combine all the ingredients in a blender with a half cup of ice.  Blend on high until smooth.  Pour into a coupe glass and garnish with mint leaf.

 

SPRITZERS, PLEASE! 

Low ABV cocktails like spritzers are light and refreshing – the perfect match for warm Spring weather. Usually they’re made with a low ABV spirits like an amaro or an aperitif and a mix of club soda and sparkling wine. But, get creative with your bar program! 

VENETIAN SPRITZER

1 oz Montenegro
1 oz Select Aperitivo
1.5 oz Prosecco
1 oz club soda
Garnish: Orange slice + Italian olives

Kim Haasarud is a national recognized mixologist and beverage consultant who works with liquor brands, restaurants, and hotels across the country to help create successful cocktail and bar programs. She’s been a judge on Iron Chef America, and had multiple guest appearances on TV shows such as The Today Show and CBS’ Early Morning Show. Kim’s cocktails have been featured in over 100 magazines and newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan. Currently, she is a producer of Arizona Cocktail Week, Apres Ski Cocktail Classic (Aspen), and serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Bartenders Guild.