Once the domain of fruity mocktails and uninventive drinks, the field non-alcoholic cocktails has since expanded: Today, both big name bars and beloved watering holes alike have included numerous non-alcoholic cocktails on their menus, each more inventive — and delicious — than the last.
We round up three of our favourite bars that are serving up exceptional non-alcoholic cocktails for New Year’s Eve.
Courtesy of Atlas Singapore
Though it has one of the world's largest gin collections, Atlas is well-versed in creating non-alcoholic cocktails, like the Summer In Paris (left).
Asia’s best bar isn’t just home to one of the world's largest gin collections — the Art Deco-inspired bar carries some 1,300 labels of gin — it also carries a range of artfully crafted non-alcoholic drinks.
As part of its new menu, Atlas has rolled out several non-alcoholic cocktails inspired by 1920s Paris that are perfect for heralding the new year. Chief on the list is the glamorous Summer In Paris cocktail, which brings with it a sparkling medley of flavours thanks to a combination of chardonnay grape verjus, lemon berry tea and tonic water. For a bracing drink that’ll keep your spirits high past midnight, there’s Key In Hand, a tangy mixture of a spiced non-alcoholic spirit, sour plum and tomato water.
Courtesy of Mo Bar
The wholesome Thunder cocktail (left) pays tribute to the classic Hakka dish, while the Soma (right) was created in collaboration with popular New Delhi bar Sidecar.
Located on the 4th floor of the Mandarin Oriental, Mo Bar is the perfect place for both people watching and indulging in non-alcoholic libations. Their latest iteration of the Nomadic Foragers menu features traditional flavours and ingredients from across the region, a concept that they’ve worked into their range of non-alcoholic cocktails.
For starters, there’s the Thunder cocktail, a nod to the Hakka Tribe’s ancient dish of Thunder Tea Rice; some legends behind the fortifying dish say that it was created by a general during the Three Kingdoms period to help his troops recover from a plague. Mo Bar’s non-alcoholic iteration bears traces of the same wholesomeness, with fresh citrus peels, spices and dry juniper berries used to replicate the flavour profile of gin. The drink is topped with a frothy rice foam and flecked with dehydrated thunder tea powder. Other drinks include Soma — created in collaboration with hip New Delhi bar Sidecar — a satisfying mixture of clarified yoghurt milk punch, mango chutney, spices and Mo Bar’s homemade non-alcoholic gin.
Courtesy of Lyre's
Mod-Australian restaurant Don Ho serves up a menu of non-alcoholic cocktails made with Lyre's alcohol-free spirits.
For a more laidback New Year’s Eve celebration, visit the tropical-themed Don Ho: Aside from an unfussy menu of mod-Australian favourites, the Keong Saik Road restaurant also offers a curated menu of alcohol-free cocktails.
With its toothsome combination of amaretti, almond milk and mint, the Smooth Amaretti is undoubtedly a crowdpleaser. Alternatively, go for the aptly-named Young Lebowski which, with its non-alcoholic coffee liqueur, espresso shot and cream, is sure to put keep you chipper way past the countdown.
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