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 Southampton
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 Westquay to find the best tasty tipples available.
For a virgin take on a classic cocktail, check out the Cool Colada at Cabana
. Fresh pineapple is blended with coconut cream, coconut water and citrus – delicious and very moreish!
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 Carluccio’s
. It has floral and herbal notes that taste great with Fever-Tree 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.
Take a trip to Wahaca
and sup on their Hibiscus flower agua fresco to experience the real deal. Or try Cabana’s ice-cold passionfruit and mint version. Choices, choices…
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 Broccoli Boost at All Bar One
(it’s delicious, honest!) High in vitamin C, it blends broccoli, spinach, mango, pineapple and celery for a healthy 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?
Ditch the usual fizzy suspects and try the range of Franklin & Sons craft sodas at Kupp
. We can’t decide between classic Dandelion & Burdock or fruity Cloudy Apple & Rhubarb…
So there you have it – now it’s time to go out and get drinking (minus the hangover).