The Wine & Spirit Trends Appealing to Today's Sophisticated Drinker

Today's consumer isn't only more educated when it comes to food sourcing, they are also more knowledgeable when it comes to wine and spirits. They are looking for unique liquors, spirits, and flavors that can't be found on every bar menu.

This demand for more elevated spirits has fueled the handcrafted cocktail trend. With that in mind, beverage menus are only getting more sophisticated.

On the IOChangeMakers live stream, we sat down with two beverage experts–Cassie Sakai, wine director and lead sommelier for Girl and the Goat and Alan Beasey, beverage director at The Purple Pig to see what types of beverages guests have been ordering the most.

"Right now agave spirits are all the rage and not just tequila. Mezcal had a little surge there, people were really into mezcal. But now we are also starting to see things like raicilla and sotol coming into the picture," says Beasey.

Gin, vodka, whiskey, and tequila will always remain favorites, but today's guests are adventurous and are looking for something new or even something popular from the past.

"Amaro had its moment and now people are like 'what are we going to do next?.' It's about sourcing things that are limited production. I have been seeing really cool old fashions with vintage ingredients," says Sakai.

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Why Whiskey Distillers are Ramping up the Production of Bottled-in-Bond Spirits

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The craft movement encompasses so much more than beer, consumers are also gravitating to craft spirits.

This has fueled a spike in the production of bottle-in-bond spirits. The term bottle-in-bond means that the American-made distilled beverage has been aged, bottled, and deemed authentic liquor by the federal government, according to standards outlined in the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897.

“At the time, whiskey was largely sold in barrels or jugs which had questionable provenance,” said Susan Wahl, group product director for Heaven Hill, to "VinePair."

Back in the day, producers used to taint spirits with filler additives.

“In effect, it was America’s first consumer protection law, predating the Pure Food and Drug Act,” said Wahl.

These bottle-in-bond whiskeys are higher quality and higher proof. But it's an investment for the producer considering how long it has to be aged for.

"The Bottled-In-Bond Act stipulated that the whiskey must be the product of one distilling season from one distillery, aged in a federally bonded warehouse for at least four years, and bottled at 100 proof," writes "VinePair."

But its proven to be worth the wait since the sales are up for these spirits.

"Bottled-in-bond shows that a whiskey has been completely, lovingly made ‘in-house,’ which sets it apart from people who are just blending-bottling," said Scott Harris, Catoctin Creek founder and general manager.

These spirits hold their own in flavorful hand-crafted cocktails too.

With all of that in mind, spirit producers are rolling on more bottle-in-bond spirits like Jack Daniel's Bottled-in-Bond Tennessee Whiskey and Kings County Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon. All of New Riff Distilling spirits are bottled-in-bond.

Learn more about these types of spirits and the newly popular brands at " VinePair" now.

Speaking of craft spirits, looking for American-made cocktail recipes to spice up your bar menu? Check out this recent episode of the Foodable Smart Kitchen & Bar, where master mixologist, Oscar Castaneda demonstrates how to make these classic cocktails but with a twist.