We raise a glass to guilt-free drinks, from al­co­hol-free beer to fruity cock­tails.

Have you spent the fes­tive sea­son drink­ing to ex­cess? Sam Rogg sug­gests start­ing the new year with a range of healthy tip­ples, from al­co­hol-free beer to fruity cock­tails

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For many of us, the first day of a new year can be a bit painful. But be­fore you swear off booze this month, let’s see if we can tempt you with these healthy-ish cock­tails at Lon­don’s top bars.

Sit­u­ated within Bank­side’s Mon­drian Ho­tel and with spec­tac­u­lar views across the Thames to St Paul’s Cathe­dral, Dan­delyan is a cock­tail bar with drinks in­spired by the world’s great botanists. As you’d ex­pect from a bar with the World’s Best Cock­tail Menu ( Tales of the Cock­tail Spir­ited Awards 2016), ev­ery one of its con­coc­tions has a story be­hind it.

Made with fen­nel vodka, pars­ley root wine, lemon, and grape and car­rot pow­der, cock­tail Love & Money is packed with an­tiox­i­dants. Bet­ter still, why not try an al­co­hol-free Wild Thing, made with seedlip, ylang ylang and the bar’s own herbal tonic? ( 20 Up­per Ground, SE1 9PD). ‘Spoil your­self with­out spoil­ing your­self’ – that’s the motto at Re­demp­tion Bar in Not­ting Hill, and they mean it – ev­ery cock­tail is al­co­hol-free. Try the Coco-rita, a co­conut wa­ter, lime and agave syrup ‘mar­garita’, shaken over ice and served in a salt-rimmed glass; or an Ap­ple Mock-jito fea­tur­ing mud­dled ap­ple pressé, fresh mint, lime and soda. The al­co­hol-free beer is sur­pris­ingly tasty, too ( 6 Chep­stow Rd, W2 5BH). Al­ter­na­tively, break up your Jan­uary sales shop­ping spree with a nour­ish­ing cock­tail at the award-win­ning restau­rant and bar Tred­wells in the West End’s Seven Di­als. We rec­om­mend a Gun­pow­der Gim­let for its pick-me-up com­bi­na­tion of spiced gin, cold-pressed juice, green tea and car­damom, which is said to aid di­ges­tion. Mean­while, its vodka-based cock­tail Down the Ap­ple and Pears es­chews calorific sweet­en­ers for the natural good­ness (and sweet­ness) of fruit and a touch of thyme, which has an­tibac­te­rial qual­i­ties ( 4a Up­per St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9NY).

Fi­nally, there’s noth­ing quite like a well­made mock­tail to make you feel good about your­self, es­pe­cially the next day. You will be spoilt for choice at the five-star ho­tel Arch

Lon­don, with fruity num­bers like South­ern Pas­sion, made with a blend of pineap­ple, lime, pas­sion fruit, vanilla and cin­na­mon. If it’s al­ready the morn­ing af­ter and you’re suf­fer­ing, try the ho­tel’s Vir­gin Vera mock­tail, which is made from mud­dled fresh lime, rasp­ber­ries, aloe vera wa­ter and guava juice – it’s a hang­over’s best friend ( 50 Great Cum­ber­land Place, W1H 7FD).

Here’s to a healthy new year!

Clock­wise from this im­age: Dan­delyan; Tred­wells; Dan­delyan’s One for the Fox; Dan­delyan’s Love & Money In­set: Tred­wells Gun­pow­der Gim­let

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