After a long month of festive indulgence, tantalising your tastebuds with delicious foods and celebrating the New Year with a bottle or two of Champagne, now is the perfect time to reboot our bodies for 2020.
Cue Dry Jan. What started as a public health campaign established in 2013 to encourage abstinence from alcohol has grown immensely in popularity year-on-year resulting in a distinctive array of alcohol-free alternatives available across the capital. Many have also claimed that the period of sobriety has a plethora of Dry January benefits, from more energy and weight loss to clearer skin and improvement of the immune system. Not only can Dry January be completely delicious, you’ll be left feeling absolutely amazing about it!
So, allow us to help you through this dry January with some tempting alcohol-free cocktails, from tasty classics to heavenly aperitifs.
Fire in the throat, warmth in the belly... If there was anywhere to enjoy a tasty classic minus the alcohol, it would be in the Permit Room — a Bombay-styled bar beneath the popular Dishoom in King’s Cross. This Dry Old-Fashioned contains a dry tipple, smoked demerara, orange bitters and cayenne, garnished with orange peel — it’s hard to believe this is alcohol-free! Prepared with love and superior flavours, take a seat in this magnificent bar and indulge in the tantalising mocktails on offer during your sober discovery.
Warning: you may never want to leave.
Where to try: Permit Room (Dishoom) – Kings Cross, London
With seven astonishing signature ingredients available in each cocktail, marvel at the magnificent experimentations at Lyaness (Formerly Danelyan). Nestled right on South Bank, next to Blackfriars Bridge, the unique tastes of these creative mocktails will leave you feeling truly inspired this Dry January. From ingredients including vegan honey and purple pineapple to the infinite banana and the marvellous ONYX, make sure to try the Tatie Milk Punch — a cleaner, animal-free nod to the Classic Milk Punch, lifting creaminess from the Honey. It contains Æcorn & Seedlip spice, vegan honey, potato ‘cream’ and aged vanilla, and undoubtedly delicious.
Where to try: Lyaness – South Bank, London
One for the Aperol Spritz lovers, this delicious alcohol-free cocktail is the perfect way to start the new decade. Including the botanical bittersweet aperitif of Everleaf, the unique tastes of Crodino (part of the Campari group) and a splash of soda topped with an orange peel garnish, expect a delicious hint of citrus. You can find this tasty mocktail at Henson’s Bar, located inside the magnificently sultry Mimi’s Hotel Soho. The mixologist experts have created a special menu specifically for Dry January so ensure you try the Everleaf Spritz as well as many others!
“Spoil yourself without spoiling yourself!”
If a journey back to health is what you’re searching for, look no further than Redemption – the pioneer of healthy living. With three bars plotted over central London, this chain is arguably the healthiest bar/restaurant in city. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, sugar-free — you name it, it’s probably free of that too! Not only are the drinks and dishes delicious, they’re also aesthetically pleasing and very, very Instagrammable, so make sure you snap a few pics whilst you’re there! This sober January, indulge in their delicious spritzers powered by plant fuel. From mocktails with wild blossom botanicals to the Humble Warrior drinks, try the deliciously healthy Apple Mockjito, a mojito mocktail containing muddled apple presse with fresh mint and limes topped up with the on-trend ingredient, kombucha — tasty, healthy and super fashionable!
Where to try: Redemption – Notting Hill, London
Frequently ranked as one of the world’s best bars, celebrate this Dry January at the magnificent Night Jar, one of London’s original speakeasies. Located in a basement behind an unmarked door in the heart of Shoreditch, indulge in the dimly lit atmosphere, enjoy some magnificent live music every night and awaken your senses with the thirst-quenching mocktail, Terrarium. This certified triple threat is incredibly tasty and alcohol-free, containing the zesty blend of Seedlip Grove 42, Æcorn Bitter, exotic tastes from Three Spirit, Livener, Clarified Grapefruit & Concord Grape Juice and Pennyroyal Syrup — this is something you’re not going to want to miss!
Where to try: Night Jar – Shoreditch, London
Nestled on Mayfair’s Berkeley Square, discover a world of colourful intimacy, impressiveness and impulsiveness. The upmarket restaurant with an unexpected name goes by Sexy Fish Bar and is the vibrant go-to hangout this Dry January. From a giant Frank Gehry fish float above the bar with water cascading behind the glittering bottles to the Damien Hirst mermaids guarding the corners of the cherry-red lava stone bar, uncover the impressive collections of non-alcoholic cocktails available. Take your senses on a tantalising journey with the Monkey Prince mocktail, made up of pineapple, galangal, coconut, black pepper, cardamom and soda water, complemented by the wonderful atmosphere surrounding it!
Where to try: Sexy Fish Bar – Mayfair, London
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