In terms of spirits, the last two years might go down in beverage history as the years of indulgent and spicy flavors. The industry saw an influx of sweet and spicy flavored vodkas, liqueurs, whiskeys and more. And with plenty more flavors to cover in this category, it looks like 2014 might bring a twist to these trends.
According to Comax Flavors’ Culinary Trend Exchange, “hot” flavors that pair ethnic and cultural flavors with a hint of sweetness will be an influential trend this year. This includes flavors like Sriracha Chocolate, Black Pepper Caramel, Honey Wasabi and Habanero Maple flavors. The company says it expects these flavors to appear in beers and other beverages. It also called out the movement toward sultry, sweet flavors that combine two or more sweet and/or savory flavors, such as Cola Cappuccino Nut, Marshmallow Macadamia Crunch, Ginger Sesame Caramel and Maple Bourbon Banana.