As "cocktail culture" is increasingly ingrained in the gourmet scene, it's also becoming a part of what I seek out when I'm traveling -- give me a drink that's different, unique, something I can't find anywhere else, barkeep.
I have to admit that I'm usually disappointed. In part, it's because I really don't like very sweet drinks -- I prefer to eat, not drink my dessert. And in part, it's because I'm loyal to my family drink, the gin and tonic. It's fun to try different gins, of course, and there are a growing number of local artisan spirits to sample. (Experiments with tonic have been less successful in my view, the housemade tonic at Per Se, for instance, which they mix with their own quinine powder, didn't taste all that different from Schwepps.)
Anyway, the excellent cocktail blog, the Dizzy Fizz, recently shared this list of 10 cocktail trends for 2010. I'm the most enthusiastic about the predicted trend towards incorporating "terroir", or a sense of place, into microdistilled spirits -- I'll definitely keep my eye out for that in my travels this year!
And by the way, if you're enthused about all things cocktail, start making your plans to attend Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans this summer.
UPDATED: Check out this list of hot cocktail trends for 2011