The trend for all things organic only increases. Knowing where your food comes from and how it was processed are the primary concerns for the responsible consumer. This extends to drinking trends as well and, according to the National Restaurant Association, seeing a farm-to-shaker trend in 2018 will be another direction in which the food and drink industry moves.
This trend means fresher, better-quality mixed drinks, which is not a bad thing. In the past, sickly sweet mixed drinks, even at high-end bars, have been a standard on some level. Of course, if you are a classic cocktail connoisseur and always gravitate toward martinis or whiskey sodas, you did not have much to worry about, but anyone who enjoyed something on the sweeter side was probably served a decent amount of corn syrup with that gimlet. The trend moves away from this and toward an approach to natural ingredients. Even club sodas and tonic waters are going upscale with brands like Fever-Tree. Organic simple syrups and fresh juices are invested in to create more creative cocktails like watermelon-ginger Aperol spritzers.
You can start at home by perfecting your own organic simple syrup with an easy recipe. Once you have this technique down, adding fresh juice to your favorite alcohol provides the perfect farm-to-shaker refreshment.
A recent survey from Cheaphotels.org found certain summer destinations are pricier than others if you're planning a quick, end-of-season getaway. The survey particularly looked at cities in Florida, comparing 40 popular destinations and summer room rates through Aug. 31. The survey searched for hotels ranking at least 3 stars or higher and located in desirable spots such as in downtowns or by the beach.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
Experience Travel, a boutique travel company creating bespoke tours for curious travelers, recently added a new itinerary exploring the depths of Cambodia. This 14-day trip goes beyond traditional quick stops at well-known sites, designed to appeal to travelers wanting to learn more about the country, its history and culture.
A new, luxury eco-resort opens soon, on Sept. 1, near the Grand Canyon.
Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.
Four new naturally flavored, ready-to-drink gin and sodas from Greenall’s Gin debut in the United States for the first time. The first London Dry Gin, established in 1761, Greenall’s Gin enters the ready-to-drink industry in the United States with four canned cocktails made at England’s foremost gin distillery, G&J Distillers.