There appears to be a new trend on the horizon and it means ditching your beloved alcoholic fizz (cries). No, but seriously though, join the thousands of people clambering on board the non-alcoholic train, no gin in tow, and go sober for October in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. Challenge yourself to a month without the booze and help raise money to help Macmillan support even more people facing cancer. To help you not become a recluse for the next month, we’ve rounded up the best bars with the best alcohol-free bevvies so you can swap your cocktails for mocktails, and porters for your waters…
So let’s ditch the Prosecco, because it’s time to go sober for October, baby!
Adding a little razzle dazzle to the mocktail scene is 34 Mayfair and their five devilish non-alcoholic offerings, and if you can’t quite get enough of Seedlip, you’re in for a treat. Tucked just off Grosvenor Square, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to the Upper East Side with 34 Mayfair’s stylish charisma and elegance thanks to its oak parquet, soft lighting and colourful art. In terms of beverages, if you’re after a fruity hit, try their Caribbean cup concocted of pineapple, passionfruit, agave and lime. It totally gives off pornstar martini vibes, minus the alcohol, but a favourite of ours has to be ‘a secret garden’ incorporating Seedlip Garden 108, lavender cordial and lemon. It’s a taste of a British summer’s garden!
Where: 34, Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 2HD, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.5 miles)
Waltz across the cobbles of St John’s Square and immerse yourself in the eccentricity that is The Zetter Townhouse. This gorgeous Georgian townhouse hotel is home to an award-winning cocktail lounge which, of course, means it’s home to an array of sublime mocktails too, just waiting for those wanting to embark on a sensory adventure. With its bizarre trinkets and flamboyant patterns, the cocktail lounge feels more like you’ve walked into your eccentric Great Aunt’s apartment, and The Zetter Townhouse crew call her Wilhelmina. Wilhelmina’s approach to finding curing remedies focuses on home-grown and holistic measures, and uses only the wild and whackiest ingredients for her cocktails and mocktails.
Ditch the porter for some water…
If there’s anything you should know about Ella Canta, it’s that they sure deliver on the flavour front! To tempt you away from a cheeky margarita or tequila shot, why not try one of their moreish aguas frescas. Although literally translating to ‘fresh waters’, these drinks are known for combining fruits, cereals, flowers, or seeds blended with sugar and water. Our favourite has to be their watermelon, pink peppercorn and habanero, a delicate mix of watermelon juice, water, pink peppercorn syrup and habanero bitters.
Take a walk on the wild side and wander on over to The Connaught to try their cocktails without the alcohol. Their innocence collection proves that sometimes you don’t always need an alcoholic tipple to quench your thirst. At The Connaught Bar, you’ll find three captivating cocktails that pack in a punch with the hazy head in the morning, from the ‘smooth mover’, a mix of salted cacao coconut water, eucalyptus syrup and lime juice to ‘wine for the soul’, incorporating evaporated Martini Rubino, long pepper, black cardamon syrup, ice wine versus and soda water.
Where: Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.5 miles)
Known for serving up a rip-roaring show and killer cocktails, The Perception at W London should also be widely known for their non-alcoholic and low ABV offerings. If you’re partial to a pisco sour then you’ll want to get your hands on The Perception’s Seedlip sour variation incorporating Seedlip Spice 94, lemon juice, gomme, egg white and orange flower water, and you can try it with a fruity note too.
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
It’s mighty time you trust us with finding you a tipple or two, and you certainly need to scoot over to Trader Vic’s to try their tasty non-alcoholic tipples. If you’re the designated driver of the evening or just fancy a night off from drinking, try their ‘no tai mai tai’, it’s the perfect adaption of the classic without the loss of a flavour punch.
Nuzzled on St Martin’s Court between Covent Garden and Leicester Square, J Sheekey has been serving some of London’s finest fish and shellfish for over 100 years. But, shellfish isn’t their only speciality. J Sheekey has four tempting non-alcoholic cocktails for you teetotallers! For a fruity number, try the garden of beauty, a mix of Seedlip Groove 42, fresh orange juice, lemon grass and ginger syrup, or for a fiery kick try the spicy breeze, a blend of Seedlip Spice 94, grapefruit sherbet and soda water.
Here to offer a helping hand to you this month is The Jones Family Project with their three tantalisingly tasty zero alcohol cocktails. To replace the cocktail, they’ve used the trusty Seedlip team to fuel you through the day. For a little fruity number, try their pink garden, a delicate blend of Seedlip Garden, strawberry purée, lime, basil, ginger ale and sugar. Or try something a little ‘healthier’ with their fresh green spice, a concoction of Seedlip Spice, celery, lime, sugar, pea shoots, cucumber and black pepper.
Let’s get mocktail making!
Three Spirit is a brand new, natural alternative to the alcohol market with its first plant-powered ‘social elixir’, created in response to the immense number of individuals actively reducing their alcohol intake. And, in just three months Three Spirit is already causing a bit of a storm! The world’s best bartenders, herbalists and plant scientists have clubbed together for the very first time to create a spirit which defies all pre-existing categories, both in terms of function and flavour, through a process of ‘Botanical Alchemy’. This tasty beverage combines 11 herbs and plants with naturally blissful qualities creating an elixir that’s ‘bittersweet with a curious savoury bite’. Intriguing, eh?
Find this tipple across 50 of the best bars and restos across the city, including Roka, Tredwells, the Sanderson Hotel, Wild Food Cafe and Nightjar, or grab yourself a bottle at Harvey Nichols or at the Three Spirit website!