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Top 5 Cocktail Trends for 2011

People love trends. Some love to be the leaders, others love to follow, but they all seem to want to know what's happening in the world. Well, in the world of spirits, 2011 promises to be as trendy as any year. There are so many exciting things going on this space that it's not really fair to try and do justice with a single article and five simple trends, so let's consider this installment number one of 2011's trends from!

Energy Drinks
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More pre-mixed energy beverages -- and by this I mean the return of Four Loko and drinks like it. The ridiculous over-reach by the government and panic-mongering by many elected officials gets them all the airtime they were after, but at the same time adds the appeal of forbidden taboo to these beverages. Yes, there were problems with people bingeing on these drinks -- and I am not a fan -- but people have binged on Red Bull and Vodka before Four Loko, and Irish coffee before that. The problem here is not the beverage but rather the way in which it's being consumed. Look for more products in this space.
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