More and more of us are opting for non-alcoholic drinks on a night out. And our new ‘drink-less’ attitude is leading to a change in, not only our diet, but our lifestyle habits, too. We’re ditching cocktails and clubs for non-alcoholic cocktails, super smoothies and yoga classes.
Best mocktails in Dublin
With our thirst for zero-alcohol cocktails, the drinks scene has had to adapt too. Most bars and restaurants now have a dedicated mocktail section on the menu, with resident mixologists putting just as much thought into these drinks as their classic alcoholic offerings. So we’ve explored Dundrum Town Centre to find the best tasty tipples available.
For a virgin classic on a cocktail, check out the Koh San Cooler at Candelight Bar
. It’s made with refreshing lemon, ginger, apple and pear purée which is paired with green tea syrup and pineapple juice!
Seedlip ‘gin’ and tonic
The boom in the plant-based, non-alcoholic spirit seedlip has really ramped up the flavour of virgin G&T. It helps add depth of flavour, along with spicy or dry notes, that you’d usually only get from a big slug of your favourite gin.
Try the Seedlip Garden 108 at Milano
. It has floral and herbal notes that taste great with Fever-Tree Refreshingly Light Tonic Water and a sprig of fresh mint.
As we’re stepping away from the beers, there’s also a growing trend for aguas frescas. These light, non-alcoholic drinks – which are made from fruits, cereals, flowers or seeds – are often diluted with sugar and water.
A popular choice in Mexico, they use ingredients such as pineapple peel and rind, hibiscus flowers and tamarind to make their light, refreshing drinks.
For a similar soft drink, try the Mango & Ginger Nix and Kix at Wagamama
. It contains cayenne pepper to help boost your metabolism.
Smoothies are being pimped up, too, with the addition of superfoods like cocoa nibs (for a rich, chocolatey crunch), or acai berries (for a thick, indulgent texture).
In addition to these exotic ingredients, there’s been a big shift to savoury smoothies made from veggies like kale, spinach, avocado and carrots. They’re a lower sugar option to your usual fruit smoothie.
Try the Green Warrior at Jamie’s Italian
. This cold-pressed juice blends cucumber, apple, spinach, kale, lime and ginger for a refreshing pick-me-up.
Forget Coca-Cola or 7-Up. Today everyone is after something bespoke and quirky – enter craft sodas.
Often handmade in small batches, these drinks are tapping into our healthy desires and ethical consciences. Think organic, natural ingredients and truly original flavours: blackberries and stinging nettles soda, anyone?
Head to Sundowner Lodge and order the Fentiman’s Mandarin & Seville Orange Jigger. A zesty treat, it’s delicious served over ice with a wedge of lime.
So there you have it – now it’s time to go out and get drinking (minus the hangover).
Brush up on your mocktail and cocktail making skills and enter our competition for your chance to win a FREE cocktail masterclass for two at Candlelight Bar with mixologist Darren Geraghty. Enter by 20/08/2018. Entrants must be 18 or over. T&Cs apply.