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 BirminghamWith 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 Bullring & Grand Central to find the best tasty tipples available.
Check out the Fumo Giardino mocktail at Selfridges, which has been created especially for Bullring & Grand Central. It's made with muddled blackberries, which are combined with lemon juice, then topped with elderflower tonic over crushed ice.
Seedlip ‘gin’ and tonicThe 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 Spice 94 at Browns Bar & Brasserie. It has an aromatic and complex blend of all spice berry, cardamom, bark and citrus peel. Tastes great with Fever-Tree Tonic.
Agua frescasAs 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 Citron Pressé at Café Rouge. Made from pressed lemons, you simply add water and gomme syrup to taste.
Superfood smoothiesSmoothies 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 Super Greens Smoothie at Bill’s. Kale, spinach, mango and apple juice make for a refreshing pick-me-up.
Craft sodasForget 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 Roomana Homemade Lemonade at Comptoir Libanais. It’s mixed with pomegranate and orange blossom over ice.
So there you have it – now it’s time to go out and get drinking (minus the hangover).
Don’t forget! Head down to Fumo Selfridges this August and try our exclusive mocktail – the Fumo Giardino – created especially for Bullring & Grand Central!