Go home lime and soda, you're not on the list. These alcohol-free drinks made by London's top bartenders are where the party's at …

It’s been scientifically proven* that a well-made classic daiquiri can solve all of life’s issues at the end of a horrible week. But what about your friends who don’t drink; what’ll save them? A really, really good mocktail, that’s what.

 

For anyone who doesn't know, a mocktail is a non-alcoholic cocktail. But forget a pathetic mix of orange and cranberry juice poured over half-melted ice cubes. Made correctly, the mocktail can taste so good that even the well-seasoned booze experts will put down their margaritas for a sip. Need more persuading? London’s top bartenders love them, too. 

 

Here are the very best recipes from some of the city’s best bars. Because there's no need to drink like a child just because you're off the sauce …

 

(*… it hasn’t)

 

 

Artesian, Portland Place: death of the hipster

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Tastes like: this is a take on the Artesian's slightly floral, espresso charged mocktail, and they don't call it the world's best bar for nothing. The original contains jasmine, oak smoke and bergamot, but head bartender Alex Kratena has given us a cheat's version to make at home.

 

Makes 1 drink

You'll need:

  • 50ml espresso
  • 170ml elderflower tonic
  • 1 piece of orange peel

 

Method: fill your glass with cubed ice and stir in the tonic and coffee. Garnish with a slither of orange peel.

 

Pond, Dalston: the less lychee story

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Tastes like: this one is a very mature, elegant drink with a strong floral taste, plus the sweetness of the sugar syrup mixed with a kick from the lemon is perfection. Lemonade, who?

 

Makes 1 drink

You'll need:

  • 35ml lychee purée
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 8 lightly bruised Thai basil leaves

 

Method: stir all the ingredients together in a long glass with cubed ice and top with soda. Garnish with Thai basil leaves.

 

London Cocktail Club, Covent Garden: the apple smash

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Tastes like: if a homemade apple pie was a mocktail. Sweet but not too sickly, the mint adds a great freshness to this little beverage. If you can, serve with a custard cream like the LCC guys do. If only all bars paired cocktails with biscuits …

 

Makes 1 drink

You'll need:

  • 60ml Bramley apple sauce
  • 60ml apple juice
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 15ml elderflower cordial 
  • 6 mint leaves 

 

Method: build ingredients in a jam jar with crushed ice and stir well with a long spoon. If you're making a batch in advance serve with a napkin over the top and seal with an elastic band. Drink with a straw.

 

Cocktail Trading Company, Great Marlborough Street: beetroot and rose fizz

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Tastes like: the beetroot makes this one sweet, earthy and mellow. A lifesaver when that health-nut friend arrives straight from the gym and isn't up for any of your squash options. 

 

Makes 1 drink

You'll need:

  • 25ml beetroot juice
  • 15 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 10 ml rose syrup
  • 40 ml grape juice
  • 75 ml club soda
  • 2 dashes chocolate bitters

Note: the chocolate bitters have an alcohol base, but the amount is negligible (the same amount you’d find in vanilla extract). Those avoiding alcohol completely can omit.

 

Method: stir all ingredients with crushed ice in a large wine glass. Don't worry about the extravagant garnish in the photo – you can garnish with a lemon twist, rose petals or a mint sprig instead.

 

The Connaught, Mayfair: tea rinfresco

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Tastes like: a pimped-up, ice-cold jasmine tea with the sweet hum of ginger and slight sharpness of lemon. One for your sweet-toothed friends.

 

Makes 1 drink

You'll need:

  • 40ml pear nectar (substitute for pear juice if you can't get your hands on any)
  • 20ml ginger syrup
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 30ml jasmine tea

 

Method: shake all ingredients and pour over cubed ice in a highball glass. Garnish with dried pear or mint leaves.

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