T’best combines aloe pulp with already-trendy coconut water, as well as mango, guava and other tropical fruit flavors.
Could this be the year of the slush? Frozen concoctions got a lot more sophisticated at the NRA Show. The Kelvin Slush Co., maker of organic frozen cocktail and slush mixes, created its products as a response to frozen drinks that too often taste only of sugar and alcohol.
Wine on tap
Euro Cave’s wine-on-tap dispenser system has bells and whistles like digital temperature controls and customizable background lights. It allows for different amounts to be precisely dispensed and can connect to a POS system.
Let it snow
Coconut water, juice, margarita mix, soda or just about any liquid can be converted to snow with the Snow Pop machine, which can extend a product from 1-ounce to 3-ounces, and create a fun, summery beverage option.
Aloe as a beverage
Aloe vera, once known mainly as a home remedy for sunburn, is making its way into the beverage scene. Aloe is said to support digestion and boost the immune system. TropiKing, a natural fruit and aloe vera juice line from Eastland Food Corp., is made with aloe vera pulp.
Keep wine and champagne fresh
An expensive bottle of wine that’s seldom ordered can be preserved longer with this technology from Bermar, which allows anyone on staff to easily seal bottles with a vacuum and color-changing lights to signal the process is complete. For champagne and other bubbly beverages, carbon dioxide can be injected to preserve the pop of the cork.
Speaking of corks, Red Truck Wines introduced the Helix cork, which combines a traditional cork and a twist-off cap, allowing for fresher wine.
Food-grade nitrogen gas is the secret ingredient in this super-smooth nitro toddy cold brew from S&D Coffee & Tea. Coffee shops can explore day-to-night, coffee-to-cocktails with the cold brew, which is made using a bar tap and “pours like a Guinness,” with its creamy, cascading texture. Coffee’s bitter flavor is smoothed over and the product comes in a concentrate form.
Frosé all day
In addition to frozen rosé — or frosé — Kelvin also makes margarita slush, pina colada slush and flavors like ginger, which can be mixed with rum to create a Dark & Slushie cocktail.