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.
With our thirst for zero-alcohol cocktails, the drinks scene has had to adapt too. So we’ve explored Brent Cross to find the best tasty tipples available.
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 Pizza Express
. It has floral and herbal notes that taste great with Fever-Tree Refreshingly Light Mediterranean 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.
Again at Wagamama
, try the Repair Juice. Kale, apple, lime and pear are freshly squeezed and pulped 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?
Try the Fresh & Fizzy Rhubarb & Vanilla at GBK
. It’s mixed with fresh mint, lemon and lime over ice.
So there you have it – now it’s time to go out and get drinking (minus the hangover).