Top 10 Healthy Cocktails in London
Still carrying a little holiday weight? Can't fit into your favourite shirt after the beer, the mince pies and all those addictive Quality Streets? Well fear no more, we are here to rescue you. Put down your celery sticks that you secretly alternate with chocolate fingers, quit the charade of a gym membership that you have never used and discover a fun, tasty way to be healthy. Ever wondered why alcohol and your five a day couldn't co-inhabit, let's say, a refreshing beverage? Well, prepare to be mind-blown. We have found the 10 best healthy cocktails in London and where to drink them. From celery to lychee juice, there isn't an ingredient that can't get involved. So this February, don't pile up the fruit on those pancakes, just have a cocktail, guilt free. For a healthier, slimmer, (less coherent) you, try these vegetable and fruit inspired cocktails and enjoy a detox after a greedy festive season.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
This restaurant bar with its sleek, modern interior and intriguing mosaic of art work on the back wall, is another sophisticated spot for a health kick, heavy on the kick. Order the Garden Sling, which mixes Beefeater gin with Elderflower, mint, cucumber, lime and apple juice, and your friends will be green with envy (even more so than your cocktail). Drink the night away and feel as cool as a cucumber.
Complete with a secret timber-paneled lounge and mixology table for the adventurous, this bar is the perfect venue for expert cocktailphiles. With a selection of healthy 'zero proof' mocktails made with the healthiest of vegetables, feel free to delve into the fruity menu. For those who need that alcoholic ingredient, we recommend the Skinny Superfood Collins, made with gin mare, fresh basil, raspberries, blackberries, agave and fresh lemon juice, finished with soda.
With understated floral patterns on the curved sofa seats and the walls, you can feel healthier just walking into this restaurant bar near Monument station. There are plenty of antioxidising, superfood-filled mocktail drinks that come in every shade of green burst with vitamin goodness. But if you still want that boozy buzz, try a Skinny Lovely Bubbly, containing Pampero rum, a touch of mint, skinny agave and fresh lime topped with champagne.
With exotic Indian decor styled out with Oriental rugs, azure blue walls and Italian tiles, this venue is perfect for a big night out with the girls or an intimate drink with a special someone, with cosy booths for a romantic evening. And for your health freak needs, order the Black Pepper and Cucumber Martini, which does what it says on the tin and adds Lime and Gomme syrup, lychee juice and Hendrick's gin into the mix.
Salvatore's bar, located in the dark depths of the Playboy Club on Old Park Lane, is a great place to enjoy a fresh, hearty cocktail in the middle of an indulgent hub of gambling and Playboy bunnies. So be good while you're being bad and drink a Ginger Alert. A combination of fresh apple, pear puree, ginger, lime juice and ginger ale, this mocktail can be spiced up with a hit of vodka or left alcohol free for an extra healthy evening.
This trendy speakeasy, hidden in the heart of Shoreditch, serves a long list of inventive cocktails that will have you bouncing off those rustic bare-bricked walls. Winner of the best healthy alcoholic beverage without a doubt goes to the 24 Carrot Gold. Made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, quince liquor, apple and lime juices and home-made carrot syrup, this cocktail will chase away the snuffles, those fatty pounds and the blues all at once.
This ancient venue, transformed from palaces and prisons of former days, is located near Blackfriars Station and, with its cosy booths, is the perfect place to reform your unhealthy ways. Try the Mescal, a gorgeous blend of smokey Mescal and banana liquor with grapefruit and lime juice, topped off with a sweet hint of honey. The perfect vitamin boost to chase away those February colds.
With antique lampshades, a floral feature wall, fun tree houses in the 'Pleasure Garden' outdoor seating area and a great selection of food and drink, you can't go wrong at this quirky venue in the heart of Camden. So don't go just anywhere for your classic Bloody Mary, give Grand Union a try. With Stoli Jalapeno vodka, tomato juice, Grand Union's personalised blend of condiments and a garnish of celery, this cocktail will cure a hangover and kick you into shape.