Martinis See Renaissance as No/Low Alc Advance

The Martini renaissance is far-reaching and has implications beyond standard ingredients like vodka, gin, and vermouth. 

The rise of Martinis may seem counterintuitive considering the simultaneous acceleration of low- and non-alcoholic products, plus overall wellness trends. But Drizly head of consumer insights Liz Paquette believes both movements coexist in a beneficial fashion: “We are still seeing strong growth for the non-alc and lower-ABV categories, particularly NA spirits which has consistently been the fastest-growing subcategory on Drizly over the past few months,” she says. “I think it is rather an ABV preference at the consumer or occasion level, as many higher-ABV products continue to perform well in addition to those within the low-alcohol and NA categories.” 

Chicken Soup Martini and Espresso Martini might dominate social media feeds and cocktail programs, traditional spirits and garnishes remain the key drivers of Martini growth according to Drizly data. 

Gin is the classic base for martinis, so it’s no surprise that this category has seen growth in recent years. In 2023 to date, gin accounted for four percent of share within the total liquor category. The most popular gins on Drizly include offerings from well-established and broadly distributed brands, suggesting consumers reach for classic, well-known bottlings when mixing up these drinks at home. 

Drizly's Best-Selling Gins, 2023 to Date

  1. Hendrick’s Gin
  2. Bombay Sapphire Gin
  3. Tanqueray London Dry Gin
  4. The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
  5. Beefeater London Dry Gin
  6. Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin
  7. Empress 1908 Indigo Gin
  8. New Amsterdam Gin
  9. Roku Japanese Gin
  10. Aviation Gin

Vodka-based Martinis are especially on-trend this year, likely because vodka forms an ideal base for flavored martinis like Lemon Drops and Espresso Martinis. In 2023 to date, vodka accounted for 23.2 percent share of the liquor category on Drizly, a slight uptick from the same time period in 2022. 

Drizly’s Top-Selling Vodkas, 2023 to Date

  1. Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  2. Grey Goose Vodka
  3. Ketel One Vodka
  4. Smirnoff No. 21 80 Proof Vodka
  5. SVEDKA Vodka
  6. Absolut Original Vodka
  7. New Amsterdam Vodka
  8. SKYY Vodka
  9. Belvedere Vodka
  10. Platinum 7X Vodka

Similar to the growth of classic spirits, time-tested garnishes are seeing sustained popularity on Drizly in 2023 as this trend expands. Within the extras category, olives accounted for 0.6 percent of share of the extras category, where olive juice was 0.2 percent of share. The most popular olives on Drizly this year include classic and stuffed varieties of olives from brands such as Filthy, Specks, and Santa Barbara Olive. This data suggests that while consumers are embracing Martinis at home, they remain interested in tried-and-tested Martini ingredients. 

“While growth is small, many of these ingredients are major categories which are also impacted by other trends,” says Paquette. “We do believe the Martini trend is a key driver of their sustained position and slight growth and therefore important for retailers to lean into to selling these products.” 

Ready-To-Drink Martinis Capitalize on Trendy Flavors 

While Martinis make up a small share of the overall ready-to-drink category, Martini-inspired RTD cocktails have seen significant growth, suggesting that consumers are eager to enjoy pre-mixed martinis in single-serve formats. In 2023 to date, Martinis make up just 0.8 percent of total RTD cocktail share on Drizly, but have experienced 300 percent growth compared to the same period in 2022. 

While trendy Espresso Martinis make up half of the top-selling Martini RTDs on Drizly, popular RTD Martinis come in a range of flavors and brands, indicating drinkers are willing to experiment with RTD Martinis across brands and flavors. 

Drizly’s Top-Selling Martini RTD Cocktails, 2023 to Date

  1. On The Rocks Effen Vodka Espresso Martini Ready To Drink
  2. Two Chicks Sparkling Cranberry & Lime Tartini Vodka Cocktail
  3. Batch & Bottle Hendrick’s Gin Martini Ready To Drink Cocktail
  4. Loverboy Espresso Martini
  5. Heublein Dirty Martini with Wheatley Vodka
  6. Bols Espresso Martini Cocktails
  7. Absolut Pineapple Martini Cocktail
  8. Blossom Espresso Martini
  9. Tribini Double Espresso Martini
  10. The Club Vodka Martini

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