Non-alcoholic drinks are becoming increasingly popular in Britain. With London’s first alcohol-free gastro bar opening in July and more people than ever being concerned about the health implications of over imbibing, restaurants are starting to offer creative options for those not wanting to consume too much of the hard stuff.
The growing variety of alternative drink options is welcome news for people that avoid alcohol, including those that are pregnant or abstain for religious reasons. Whilst wine is a delicious addition to any meal, and enhances many of those amazing flavours, some of us do like to temporarily avoid it, whether we are the designated driver for the night, dining with children or just have work the next day. Sometimes being able to sip a sumptuous well matched ‘light’ drink with our dinner is a welcome alternative and comes without the added headache the following morning.
There’s more to the world of soft drinks than sparkling water and fruit juice – the variety of flavours featured in new beverages on the market are not only diverse but also interesting. Ranging from mocktails (an alcohol-free cocktail), spritzers, sodas and punches, they can be sweet or savoury and often involve a delicate balance of herbs, spices and fruit.
A tall mocktail served over crushed ice provides welcome refreshment on a hot summer’s day. In the winter, mocktails can combine mulled fruit and spices, which is a fabulous alternative to red wine on cold winter evenings, but still keeps a similar depth of flavour. Fruity punches can mix tropical flavours to create an exotic and thirst-quenching taste. It’s fun to challenge the palate with different temperatures and textures too.
For a more grown-up feel, spritzers can be fizzy and served with floating fruit; a great way of involving the children. For those who prefer savoury tastes, simple ingredients, such as basil water, can be a brilliant accompaniment to Italian food.
To ensure you can have an enjoyable evening at Llansantffraed, regardless of whether you have the car keys or not, our Food and Beverage Manager, Charlott, has created a new mocktail menu, with each drink cleverly matched to a course on our tasting menu. This ensures everybody can enjoy our dishes, without having to miss out on tasty drink options.
Please see our new mocktail menu below:
ELDERFLOWER AND MINT SPARKLER
CUCUMBER AND GINGER CHILL
LEMONGRASS AND ORANGE PEEL SODA
ROSEMARY, CELERY AND TOMATO SPICE
PLUM AND APPLE SWEET
Have you got any favourite non-alcoholic drinks or would you like to share your own mocktail recipes? We’d love to hear from you!