11 Top Guilt Free Cocktails

By a woman smiling holding a drink in black and white Emily Gray |
11th January 2016

January is a bit of dividing month isn’t it? You have those who are on the ‘Dry January route, the New Year the New Me road, the cutting back the alcohol’ group. Then you have the ‘January is miserable, I might as well enjoy myself, what harm can another cocktail do?’ group. Well this guide has eleven of the best cocktails for January, whether you want mocktails or healthier cocktails – cheers! 

Redemption

Redemption

Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

If you’re doing Dry January or just trying to cut back, then you’ll know how hard temptation is, so rid yourself of any chance of slipping off the bandwagon by heading to Redemption a completely non-alcoholic bar! We’re loving the sound of the coconut water and berry infused ‘martinis’ shaken over ice with a squeeze of lime cherry, blueberry and cranberry.

Where: 6 Chepstow Road, Notting Hill, W2 5BH
Website: redemptionbar.co.uk/

Bluebird Chelsea

Bluebird Chelsea

JuiceBaby Cold-pressed Cocktails

We all know that universal fact if you add something healthy to something unhealthy it automatically makes it good for you (well we wish it did), good thing Bluebird does too because they’ve created three super-healthy cold pressed cocktails using JuiceBaby cold pressed juices and milks. Available until the 26th July you can you get the Candy Beats, Almond Heaven and Tropical Thunder which is made from JuiceBaby’s ‘spicy immunity’ pineapple cold pressed juice, vanilla vodka, goji raspberry liqueur and fresh raspberries’. Definitely good for you.

Where: 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Imperial Wharf (0.8 miles)
Website: www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

First Aid Box

First Aid Box

Just What the Doctor Ordered

We often think of cocktails as cures: to a broken heart, a long week, a stressful meetings, but Herne Hill’s latest bar, First Aid Box (from the team behind Shrub and Shutter) is serving up the sort of cocktails that doctors would prescribe; well if cocktails were an actual medicine… they’re full of healthy ingredients and added vitamins, one even includes fair quinoa vodka!

Where: 119 Dulwich Road, Herne Hill, SE24 0NG
Website: firstaidbox2015.com

TwoRuba

TwoRuba

16th Century Inspired Cocktails

If you’re suffering from the January blues, a cold or sore throat then TwoRuba’s new apothecary cocktails take their inspiration from 16th century medicinal methods using herb infusions, natural electrolyte replacements and carefully selected medicinal spirits. Top marks for their punny names including Right on Thyme, Citrus Self Down and Eucan Do It.

Where: Hilton London Tower Bridge, 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, SE1 2BY
Website: www.tworuba.com

The Arch London

The Arch London

Mineral-rich aloe vera mocktail

The Arch know how to pamper, whether you’re a hotel guest or not. In this case pampering comes in the form of nutrition, and one drink in particular – the Virgin Vera. The name gives you a fairly good indicator of one of the main ingredients, and the popularity of aloe vera water in aiding digestion, bloating and lowering cholesterol makes it worth a try, right? Guava juice adds sweetness and fresh lime and raspberries a final zing and splash of colour. Served over crushed ice, it won’t be you jealous of alcohol drinkers, it will be them envious of your virtuosity.

Where: 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London, W1H 7FD, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Marble Arch (0.3 miles)
Website: www.thearchlondon.com

Las Iguanas

Las Iguanas

Virgin versions of the classics

Latino favourite Las Iguanas are welcoming Dry-January doers with a whole selection of cocktails sans alcohol. There’s the option to stay close to familiarity with virgin versions of the classics including a Virgin Pina Colada as well as the slightly unappealingly titled ‘mojo-less’ ginger and lemongrass. Keep your mojo (and your dignity) firmly in tact with a whole young coconut, complete with both a straw and a spoon.

Where: Festival Terrace, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Website: iguanas.co.uk

The Botanist Broadgate Circle

The Botanist Broadgate Circle

Cocktails with fresh fruit and veg

There is such a thing as a healthy cocktail containing alcohol and The Botanist have come as close as you’re going to get. The Fresh-Pressed Polskiwi could be mistaken for a green juice (OK maybe not) but the Zubrowka vodka is dry and herby and with fresh apple juice and kiwi fruit you’ll get your vitamin hit. The Big Red Rhubarb Martini optimises metabolism and the Beet It Sour is full of nutrients an lowers blood pressure. Who cares if your healthy glow is from vodka or not?!

Where: 5 Broadgate Circle, London EC2M 2QS, UK
Nearest station: London Liverpool Street (0.1 miles)
Website: www.thebotanistbroadgate.com

Grain Store

Grain Store

Healthy ingredients and homemade purees

Healthy eating is at the core of the Grain Store’s menus so it’s no surprise that this extends to drinks too. Alcohol and non-alcoholic, the cocktails are mixed with carefully considered ingredients like homemade celeriac puree, bee pollen and biodynamic apples. We like the sound of the Roman Redhead with beetroot, verjus and red grape juice. We love any drink made from grapes…

Where: 1-3 Stable Street, King’s Cross, N1C 4AB
Website: www.grainstore.com

COMO Metropolitan London

COMO Metropolitan London

Trio of cocktails with decreasing levels of alcohol

This is a slight cheater as the first two drinks both contain a smidge of alcohol but they decrease in levels with the final one booze free so as to not shock your system too much. A bold statement is made when you title your cocktail ‘The Reviver’ but with ingredients like Ginseng Tea (to help energise of course), fresh lemon juice, Manuka honey and sweetener syrup they could be on to something.

Where: 19 Old Park Lane, London, W1K 1LB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)
Website: www.comohotels.com

Sea Containers London

Sea Containers London

Drinks done at the Dandelyan Bar

Get a shot of protein with the Dandelyan Sour-Less which is a mix of apple, mint, lime, dandelion capillaire, and the optional egg white but we recommend going for it as it’s low cal but has plenty of good properties. The Birchadora (raspberry, lemon, ginger, birch leaf soda) and Tropical Grass (pineapple, lemon, grass cordial, passionfruit) were also top of our list to get started on.

Where: 20 Upper Ground, London, UK
Nearest station: London Waterloo East (0.3 miles)
Website: www.seacontainerslondon.com

K West Hotel

K West Hotel

Cocktails done virgin-style

Whilst the master mixologists at K West have gone to the effort to create unique signature drinks like the Porn Star Martini, the virgin mocktails must not be overlooked. The trio of Berry Delight (strawberry & raspberry puree, pineapple juice and lime cordial(, Cucumber Cooler (fresh cucumber with elderflower and apple juice) and Gnome’s Juice (muddled strawberries with cranberry juice and strawberry purée) all have our seal of approval.

Where: Richmond Way, London W14 0AX
Website: www.k-west.co.uk/

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