1 Unisex coolers
"Bottled cocktails, wine cocktails or premixed drinks are always hot in the summer, especially because they are getting better," says Konrad Ejbich, STYLE AT HOME's Wine & Spirits columnist. Though coolers have a rep as a fruity drink women favour, the trend this summer, he says, is ready-to-drink concoctions like Absolut Cut and Hydra, which appeal to both sexes. "They're going unisex," Konrad says.
2 Strong flavours
No more flavours for the faint of heart -- now, it's all about serving up big tastes. Ranging from pomegranate to guanabana, shake things up with something wholly unexpected. "The hottest thing is vanilla –- gin, rum, everything," Konrad says. He also mentions that currant and raspberry spirits are growing in popularity. Get pouring!
Icy scoops of spiked granita will have guests begging for the recipe. A staple in Italian restaurants, granita can easily be made at home. The SAQ, Quebec's liquor licensing board, has delish recipes, like mango and tequila or raspberries and red wine, at saq.com.
4 Dark lagers
"Don't be afraid of the dark! These dark lagers and ales are surprisingly refreshing with hints of caramel, a malt character and a smooth, refreshing finish," says John Hay, president of Ontario Craft Brewers. He's referring to Waterloo Dark Lager, Black Jack Premium Lager, and the award-winning Neustadt 10w30 Brown Ale. Check out ontariocraftbrewers.ca.
5 Signature cocktail
Galas, launches and fabulous weddings have signature cocktails, and you should too! For your next get-together, make a signature tipple for everyone. Do you suppose sinful chocolate martinis will go untouched? Doubt it!