Where to Find Toast-Worthy Mocktails

By Malika Dalamal  |  January 20, 2014

Whether you're a teetotaler or just desperately trying to stick to your New Year's detox, you can still enjoy a nonalcoholic drink that looks and feels like the real thing. And not only are virgin cocktails cheaper, they'll leave you hangover-free. You can thank us in the morning. Here's where to raise a boozeless glass.

  • Ceviche

    Move away from that Pisco Sour - there are plenty of equally tempting nonalcoholic cocktails on offer at Peruvian restaurant Ceviche. The Luna Ciega is made with lychee, pomegranate, echinacea and raspberry ice tea, while La Libertad is an unusual mix of watermelon and lime juice with dill. If you want something more filling try the Pimentolada - a mix of blended red bell peppers, banana, coconut cream and pineapple juice. Make sure to leave space for the food.

    17 Frith St., W1D 4RG

  • The Connaught

    One of the most beautiful and elegant bars in London at The Connaught Hotel in Mayfair offers a small menu of alcohol-free cocktails for those going the virgin route. Try a refreshing Tea Rinfresco (ginger syrup, lime juice, lychee purée, mandarin juice, Earl Grey tea and soda water) or the exotic-sounding Sundance (orange juice, vanilla sugar, peach juice, soda water and grenadine).

    Carlos Pl., W1K 2AL; 020 7107 8880

  • Dishoom

    It's not just about the food at the kitsch Bombay-style cafe in Covent Garden and Shoreditch. Indian-inspired cocktails are a big hit, and thanks to the dedicated menu of virgin drinks, no one is left out. Options include a Virgin Bombay Colada made with coriander and chai syrup for that added Indian twist or a watermelon or passion fruit Sharbat both made with fresh juice and served over cubes of ice.

    Various locations

  • Redemption 

    London's first booze-free bar in Portobello offers healthy sugar-free mocktails like the Coco-Tini (organic beetroot, cranberry or blueberry presse with agave, and coconut water shaken over ice) or the Elderflower and Lemon Fizz (elderflower cordial and fresh lemon topped with sparkling water). Bar snacks, salads and desserts are all vegan, gluten-free and organic.

    13-15 Goldborne Rd., W10 5NY

  • Hunter 486

    Next time your colleagues drag you out for a drink in central London direct them towards Hunter 486 Brasserie in The Arch Hotel in Marble Arch. The mocktail menu now includes a healthy Virgin Vera made with muddled fresh limes and raspberries, guava juice and mineral-rich aloe vera water served over crushed ice. Benefits of the plant include its ability to lower cholesterol, aid in weight loss, combat indigestion and boost the immune system. Who knew that going for a drink could be so good for you!

    50 Great Cumberland Pl., W1H 7FD