As we close one year, we look towards the next for trends that we can expect to see in our lifestyle. Every category has something worth noting and Flavorman, a known beverage architect firm has generated their forecast for this year. Last year, Ginger, Orange and Lime were top flavors. The flavor forecast for 2017 includes healthy and clean spices that are old favorites and exotic. Turmeric, a herb and kitchen staple known for both its distinctive flavor that is mildly aromatic with a sense of orange and ginger and health benefits is the top trending flavor for 2017.
Known as the "new" ginger, Turmeric has a sharp taste with powerful benefits that include reducing cholesterol to controlling diabetes. In addition, it has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. You can find this in teas and smoothies as it fights colds, the flu and is great for a cleanse.
Coconut continues to be on trend as it is a tropical flavor and is the "tree of life". It's known for its subtle sweetness, and hints of butterscotch and caramel. It is known as a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk and oil. Its benefits are vast but include treating asthma, kidney stones and tumors.
Spices in general have been a mainstay in the flavor scene and are popping up in non-traditional ways including, distillers using it within their line extensions of classic spirits. You'll find spicy rum, bourbon and whiskey to find its way to your stores.