SCHMOOZE WITHOUT THE BOOZE
No matter the reason for you avoiding alcohol, be it permanently or temporarily, what sometimes got you the odd look from the barman is now gone.
What was once a special request is now embedded on the menus at various bars around the city.
Orphanage Cocktail Emporium, in upper Bree Street, whose mixologists and bartenders achieved their fame and glory, includes the ‘For the Sober Minded’ section in their menu, with specially designed mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails) and locally crafted, non-alcoholic beer.
The Gin Bar on Wale Street tutors patrons about myriads of botanical flavours, and experiment with different mixers and garnishes. You will need to state your non-alcoholic preference and they are well accustomed to these requests.
Strolla Restaurant & Bar in Sea Point, adjacent to the Peninsula Hotel, suggested mocktails options on the menu from day one. You’ll come across names like No-Jito, Cosmo Crush and Innocent Daiquiri added to a range of designer lemonades.
The wine cellar and cocktail bar at the Century City Hotel holds permanent stock of non-alcoholic wines for their patrons. The in-house sommelier, a graduate of the Cape Wine Academy, is there to guide and explain. In addition to this, one can get great off the shelf options.
The Duchess Virgin Gin & Tonic is a range of non-alcoholic beverages, crafted using re-distilled juniper berries. The Duchess has the distinct gin and tonic taste, complimented by aromatic layers of locally produced botanicals. It comprises three different tastes: botanical, floral and greenery. The Duchess is available in single serving sized bottles, or a larger champagne-like bottle.
Holder Vineyards from Stellenbosch are the producers of Lautus De-Alcoholised Wines. Alcohol removal is done via spinning cone* technology at a low temperature under vacuum. Removal is done in two passes and results in a small, savvy range of white, red and soon to come Rosè. The range is available off the shelf at Woolworths with the full endorsement of the brand’s sommelier.
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