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!
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.
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)
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!
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.
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)
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.
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?!
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…
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.
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.
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.