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Flavored cocktails drove 2012 restaurant drink sales

Data from research firm GuestMetrics shows drinks such as mango margaritas have gained popularity

Mango margaritas, ginger Mojitos and similar cocktails with a flavor associated with them drove the growth in mixed drink sales in 2012, according to GuestMetrics LLC, a research firm that analyzes point-of-sale data.

In addition, mixed drinks overall grew by 1.9 percent during the year, according to the company, which analyzes data it collects from the POS systems of tens of thousands of chain and independent restaurants, as well as from suppliers.

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