2009 Year in Review: Alcoholic beverage trends

In 2009’s tough economic climate, where every penny counted, operators looked to alcoholic beverages to fill up in profits.

Operators prepared specialty drinks with less expensive brands and ingredients while they changed and updated beverage menus in an effort to keep guests’ interest up as they tried to keep spending down.

Just as handcrafted cocktails employing fresh and seasonal ingredients mirrored consumer’s interest in fresh and seasonal food, alcoholic beverages in 2009 a

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