The story of the well-crafted cocktail embodies everything we honor about the american spirit, and its resurgence unsurprisingly hearkens back to simpler times. The historical influences of the movement are evident now, with a number of new bars designed in the fashion of saloons and speakeasies, with both punch and tiki trending again, and as many top bartenders openly model their recipes on the nineteenth century styles of the early mixologists.
The process of making craft cocktails is a lot like that of the artisan food movement, focusing on flavor, high quality ingredients, and taking your time in order to do those ingredients justice. Whether simple or complex, the results are cocktails that are made with a lot more care than your usual mixed drinks and deliver a much more satisfying experience.
A higher regard is being paid to all ingredients and techniques for every individual drink and that is what separates a craft cocktail from an everyday mixed drink.