When you’re in the hospitality business, keeping up with the latest trends can help keep your customers interested in your menu, and coming back for more.
So why not up the ante this summer by adding a few trendy beverages to your menu?
Here are five to consider.
Kombucha. This is a fermented probiotic fizzy drink, usually served cold. It used to be the preserve of specialist health food outlets, but with major manufacturers making a move on the trend, bottled varieties in a range of flavours are now available. You can add commercial products to the range in your drinks fridge, or make your own.
Freak Shakes. These outrageous, over-the-top concoctions are believed to have originated in Canberra, but quickly spread around the country. There doesn’t seem to be a limit to the inventiveness of the combinations that have appeared, or that people will try, so get your food staff together and see if you can come up with a signature mix for the summer. If you want the flexibility of offering takeaway shakes, you’ll need to source printed plastic cups wholesale that will be able to handle the height of the extras you add to the top.
Tea. Specialty teas are increasingly popular, with tea drinkers demanding more variety than ever before. From cold brewed tea to tasting menus matching different varieties of tea with food, there are lots of new and exciting ways to incorpoate tea into your menu.
Cold drip coffee. Cold drip coffee was once the preserve of the die-hard caffiene addict, but has become a mainstream trend with many people now enjoying their morning hit cold and full of flavour.
Healthy lattes. The chai latte has been around for a while now – frothed milk added to a premix of tea and spices. However, the range of health food lattes is growing, with the green matcha latte being one of the more recent additions to many cafe menus. This trend has also seen the rise of the golden latte - turmeric sweetened with honey.
Keeping up with the latest trends is one way to ensure that you maintain your edge against the competition. The more inventive you can be with your beverage list this summer, the greater your chances of keeping your customers happy, and attracting new ones through your door.