The Week’s Recommended Cocktail Reading & Cocktail Party Conversation Starters

Welcome to our weekly roundup of interesting cocktail articles plus a few fun news bits just made for cocktail party conversation starters. With the new year comes the usual news about the drinks trends for 2018 as well as detox plans… plus a few other goodies for you as well.

Cocktail Reading Roundup

18 for ’18: Cocktail & Spirits Trend Survey (neatPOUR)

neatPOUR surveyed 18 industry personalities like Jim Meehan of PDT fame or Ms Franky Marshall of le Boudoir about the wrap up of 2017’s trends and what to expect in the coming year. Read more about what 2018 holds as well as why Jeff “Beachbumb” Berry thinks people are drinking more than ever!

France Tries to Define Natural Wine (Wine Spectator)

Will “raw” be the next new big buzz word in the wine world? And how do you navigate the complicated and unregulated world of natural wines? France is trying to figure it out…

Beyond the Wine Glass – a New Glass Ceiling (Winespeed Blog)

This interesting read takes a look at the status of women in the wine industry today and gives some good suggestions for how women can take action to push towards equal representation in the biz…and it’s advice that applies not only to wine but to many aspects of life.

Which Drink Trends Should Disappear in 2018 (PUNCH)

Straws are out, vintage menus are here to stay and looks like we might be seeing more Japanese style bars.  Find out what other trends are here to stay or going away according to industry experts like Robert Simonson or Eben Freeman.

What to do instead of detox (Chocolate & Zucchini)

It’s that time of year when plenty of people go extreme in their detox efforts.  Clotilde of C&Z is advocating for a more sensible (and self-caring) approach that I can really get behind. Plus it touches on social media “detox” which can be a great for a healthier mindset.

 

Cocktail Party Conversation Starters

Unless you party only with cocktail geeks (and if you do, I bet you’re having a blast), you might need to pull out some conversation starters on more varied topics at the next cocktail party.  So we’ve hand picked these little nuggets of knowledge for you.

Did you hear about…

Those dudes who decided they need to bleach their penises?

The Scots stockpiling Irn Bru?

That time Churchill wanted to build boats of ice for WWII?

And, this week, when I’m not reading cocktail news or finding bizarre conversation starters, I’m reading Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.

So, what are you reading?

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Cocktail Expert Forest Collins is the creator of 52martinis, an online guide to the best cocktail bars in Paris and other small batch spirits news from France. We've also recently launched an app so you can keep all that bar info in your pocket!