Once regarded as a substandard substitute to cocktails, (read: the boring no-fun sibling) mocktails are now giants in their own rights. Restaurants and chefs across the globe strive to think out-of-the box while creating their signature mocktails. Here’s a list of Bangalore’s most avant-garde mocktails:
Chapman at Toit
This Bengaluru brewpub is famous for its beers. But it is their inventive mocktails that are the true stars. Their signature mocktail, the Toit Chapman, is a delightful blend of cucumber, orange chunks, lemon, orange cordial and sprite. If you are a citrus lover, then this is the drink for you.
Khus & Chilli at Social
A combination of khus syrup, fresh green chillis and soda, this spicy beverage will set your tongues on fire. We mean it when we say fire.
Bora Bora at Fava (reserve now)
One of the very first creative mocktails to come into the limelight, this tropical drink sets the bar high. Full of bold flavours – pineapple and passion fruit, to name a few – it is refreshing to our senses. Chef Abhijeet Saha‘s restaurant gives just what you need after a long, dreary day.
Hot Toddy at Toscano
Presented beautifully, this is a tantalizing mixture of apple cider, grape juice, crystallized ginger, cloves, orange peels and cinnamon sticks. A classic drink – one that’s hard to beat.
Chocojito at Lido, Hyatt
Mojitos are arguably the most popular cocktails in the business. Add in another fan favourite – chocolate – to the mix and you’ve got a match made in heaven. Need we say more?
Cran Cooler at The Fatty Bao
Ginger and lime topped with cranberry juice. Simple and rustic, yet a highly unique drink thanks to its distinctive and quirky taste. Who says healthy concoctions don’t taste good?
Elderflower Mist at Bang, the Ritz-Carlton
Speaking of healthy concoctions, this oriental mocktail is absolutely mouthwatering. Green tea garnished with elderflower syrup. With flavours this exotic, what more do you need?
Tokyo Cooler at Yauatcha
Yauatcha has a wide repertoire of sinfully delicious mocktails. It was hard choosing one but it is the Tokyo Cooler that is the best of the lot. A mix of lemongrass, guava juice, raspberry and peach, the pandan leaf embellish only serves to add to its aesthetic appeal. Scintillating and exhilarating, it leaves you coming back for more.
Big Wave at B Café, Shangri La
This unusual fusion is full of cheeky, brazen flavours like pomegranate and litchi. But it is the guava that is the real hero of the dish- lending the mocktail a fresh and tangy taste. Cheeky and extremely appetizing, this retro drink defies all odds to emerge as one of the best mocktails in town.
The next time you want to kick off your meal with some zest, do order some of these audaciously exquisite mocktails and give your meal a perfect start!