Sip Into Summer With These Hot Beverage Trends in 2023
Jun 11, 2023
It’s always sunny in Southeast Asia. But this year, it’s going to be a refreshing one. A new wave of vibrant, innovative beverages is taking over menus everywhere.
Boba Tea still reigns as a popular variety
Boba tea was initially introduced in Taiwan. Bubbling since 1983, no one seems to ever get enough of them. These chewy, tiny jelly-like pearls are made from tapioca starch and became a famous topping or addition to milk tea variations.
Today they are proudly served in many establishments in both beverages and desserts and chefs are even adding a pop of surprise–these pearls are filled with fruit juices and burst open with flavor when bitten.
Sweet Tea as the Southern staple
Being the quintessential refreshment in picnics and backyard barbecues in the humid Southern states of America, variations of sweet tea are expanding into restaurant menus everywhere. From the classic lemon flavored to artisanal varieties like jasmine green tea, its appeal of American nostalgia serves the consumer’s preference for authentic yet creative offerings.
A tangy turn in taste preferences
Iced beverages with tart flavors is gaining popularity as consumers’ palates become more adventurous. Restaurants and cafes are capitalizing on this tangy trend, combining citrus and berries to create enticing drinks with a delightful balance of sweet and sour. Some are introducing green teas with pomegranate and lime, or infusing sodas with orange peels and hibiscus–talk about refreshing!
Lassi as the ultimate summer cooler
This traditional Indian yogurt-based beverage is a fan favorite for a reason. This creamy, yogurt-based drink is making its mark on non-alcoholic beverage menus everywhere, even across non-Asian countries.
Its famous variant Mango Lasso is a vibrant blend of ripe mango and creamy yogurt that creates a luscious texture with a sweet and sour taste. While this tropical version of Lassi is winning the hearts of many, chefs are incorporating more fruity twists to this cooling beverage like the Strawberry Lassi.
Your favorite creamsicle just got a fizzy upgrade. ‘Dirty’ sodas are a non-alcoholic concoction of sodas like Coke or root beer with syrup, lime juice, and cream. As they become a growing popularity on social media, people are coming up with fun variations with orange sodas, coconut cream, and more.
These creamy sodas are emerging as unique beverage menu items, captivating taste buds and sparking joy among consumers.
Refresh your beverage menu and get ready to stand out
Whether your diners are yearning for a cold glass of strawberry-infused tea or a bursting boba, these thirst quenchers are made for everyone. So, indulge in the trends and help your them embrace the flavors of a memorable summer.