12 Jan Dry–January Blues?
Are you giving 2015 a real healthy kick start? If you’re alcohol free this month don’t assume you can’t go out and enjoy a drink. We scoped out some of London’s best mocktails!
London’s first alcohol-free bar? ‘Heresy!’ we hear you cry. Well, not according to founder Catherine Salway, who wants to show Londoners there’s fun to be had without help from the sauce. After a successful summer of residencies, including at Netil House, Redemption is landing permanently, mocktails in tow. Quaff non-hangover-inducing delights (all £4) such as the Coco-tini (coconut water shaken over ice with lime and agave syrup, served in a salt-rimmed glass) or watermelon daquiris to a soundtrack of DJs and live music.
The Connaught, Mayfair
Mayfair’s luxurious Connaught was voted fourth best bar in the world this year, so going there for a drink, alcoholic or not, is a special occasion in itself. Once you’ve been whisked back to the 1920s (in a chic way, not in a faux-speakeasy style) by the David Collins-designed cubist bar with its rich leathers, mirrors and extremely charming staff (service is exemplary here), choose from a list of six virginal options including the Sundance — a lively blend of orange juice, vanilla sugar, peach juice, soda water and grenadine.
Hawksmoor, various venues
Hawksmoor has made quite a reputation for itself with its consistently excellent cocktails, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s got nothing for the non-drinker. Refresh yourself with the Apple’ n’ Mint Swizzle or go down the decadent route with its cornflake milkshake.
One of London’s liveliest spots with delicious (if small-portioned) Peruvian food, Ceviche doesn’t have to be all about the Pisco sours — although we must admit they’re very moreish. Teetotallers can guzzle sweet Pimentoladas: red bell peppers blended with bananas, coconut cream and pineapple juice, or Luna Ciegas: a pretty mix of lychee, pomegranate, echinacea and raspberry iced tea.