2023 Drinks Trends

Hi everybody, the drinks trends for 2023 have finally landed on my doorstep, so let’s see what 2023 holds for the bar industry and, more importantly, what you could see in the bar this year.


First up is Rum. I wrote a blog on Rum a while ago, and the Caribbean spirit has continued to grow over the last couple of years.

2023 Drinks Trends Rum

We are now seeing rums from all over the world and several outstanding ones from good old Britain, such as Barti Spiced, made in Pembrokeshire by Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company, or Old Salt Rum, produced by the English Spirit Distillery. We also get Rum from South East Asian countries, such as the beautiful Phraya made in Thailand.

This year is supposed to be Rum’s year, with more people buying Rum in the USA than they are buying Bourbon.


Next up is Tequila again, another of my blogs from last year.

The growing rise of Tequila is probably a surprise to many. However, the trend is that there will be continued growth in the market, with other agave-based drinks beginning to show through, such as Raicilla, Avila, and Sotol. (I bet you don’t know what they are!!)


The third trend of the year is surprisingly Vermouth. Martini Rossi conquered the Vermouth market many years ago and has always been the driving force of vermouth production.

However, a resurgence in Vermouth-based cocktails thanks in part to the popularity of the Negroni in the last few years, Vermouth is now being produced by other companies.

2023 Drinks Trends Vermouth

A couple of good vermouths to try this year are Asterley Bros Estate, an English Sweet Vermouth made in London that has recently won numerous awards. Or you could try a German Vermouth such as Belsazar Rose Vermouth, made in Berlin.

Cringe Cocktails

It’s official: 2023 is the year of the “cringe” cocktail. Cringe cocktails are playful, sugary drinks that look fun and taste sweet. (Think: cosmos and porn star martinis.) And while they got big in the late ’90s and early noughties, they’re coming back in 2023. 

And we’re excited to welcome back some kitschy classics, like banana daiquiris, grasshoppers, and blue lagoons.

Elaborate Shots

Our next trend is going to be Elaborate Shots. Apparently, it’s no longer enough to pour alcohol into a shot glass and call it a day. The predicted 2023 drinks trends say your shots won’t be complete until they have been garnished with a sugar rim or topped with whipped cream, although I don’t know how this will work on a heaving wedding bar.


Experts agree: In 2023, we want to consume our coffee in cocktail form. Irish coffees and espresso martinis are two of the most popular drinks in the world.

And people are searching for ways to get creative with cold brew, too. What’s nice? Coffee tastes just as great in a mocktail as in a cocktail. So even if you’re staying away from alcohol, you can whip up a creative coffee drink worth enjoying morning or night.

Spicy Drinks

In 2023, we don’t just want our drinks to be sweet. Instead, we’re favoring savory and spicy drinks whenever we find them. People are cranking up the heat on classic drinks, like margaritas and Bloody Marys. And savoury drinks are becoming just as popular. 

Sustainable Straws

This a big one for us as the Iron Bar Hire always has sustainability as a top priority. So as we head into the new year, bartenders are ditching those pesky plastic straws—favouring straws made of glass, metal, or paper. What’s nice? You don’t have to be a professional to get in on the trend.

Special Occasion Sangria

Popping champagne isn’t the only way to celebrate. In the new year, we’re embracing special occasion sangria—a big-batch cocktail sure to please a crowd. Why sangria? The drink has a simple base, so it’s easy to modify with all kinds of seasonal flavours. So it’s only a matter of time before other special occasions get the sangria treatment, too. Halloween Sangria anyone?

Creative Garnishes

Garnishes put the finishing touches on any cocktail. And in 2023, we’re going all out with them. We’re talking: dehydrated fruit slices, edible flowers, and Herbs. Remember that the best garnishes don’t just look pretty—they complement the flavours in the drink they’re topping.

Creative drinks garnishes

So that’s it, some of the 2023 Drinks trends for this coming year. I hope that you experience some of them. If you want to know more about how we can help with your Wedding or Event, get in touch with us by phone or WhatsApp on 07980 679575 or 07533 694142 or by dropping us an email.

Photo Credits:

Rum: Photo by Jia Jia Shum on Unsplash

Vermouth: Photo by Rinck Content Studio on Unsplash

Coffee: Photo by Jorik Blom on Unsplash

Creative Garnishes: Photo by Emily Andreeva on Unsplash

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