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
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