During a trip to the annual cocktail convention Tales of the Cocktail, held each July in New Orleans, I learned a thing or two about cocktail trends: Tiki cocktails are big, classic cocktails are hot and hospitality is in, so don’t take any guff from that attitudinal “mixologist” when he asks if you want to pay extra for artisanal ice in your cocktail. The bartenders I spoke to at Tales were adamant that bartending needs to recapture the spirit of hospitality that has sometimes been lost as craft cocktail culture has ascended.

And another big trend at Tales of the Cocktail? Rum!