You don’t need Dry January to have an excuse to make a mocktail. Whether you need an afternoon pick me up, or just feel like a refreshing drink, there is a mocktail for that. What makes these mocktail recipes next level is that they are from hotels around the world. From the Maldives, to Savannah Georgia, you can bring the world home to you.
The Hotel: Vakkaru Maldives
Vakkaru is a luxury hotel set within the UNESCO protected Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll. The hotel is a 30-minute seaplane flight from Male International Airport. When you arrive, this is as Maldives as it gets, with powder white sands and every shade of blue and turquoise imaginable. There are more coconut trees than people, or anything else on isle. The 2,300 surround 113 luxury villas and suites, five restaurants, two bars, a wine cellar and an over-the-water Spa. This mocktail recipe is courtesy of the team at Vakkaru, and will take you back to the memories of a completely unspoiled destination.
The Cocktail: Indigo Dream
100 ml Butterfly pea flower tea
20 ml Fresh lemon juice
20 ml Jasmine tea syrup
½ teaspoon Basil seeds
Like the Maldives which is an exotic location, this mocktail recipe inspired by the hotel Vakkaru in the Maldives is also unique. In 150 ml of water, we add 4 kaffir lime leaves and 2 lemongrass sticks followed by 8-10 pieces of butterfly pea flower. Boil for around 10/15 minutes.
Photo Credit: Vakkaru Maldives
The Alida Hotel is part of the trend of chic boutique hotels to arrive in Savannah, Georgia. This one though is located in Savannah’s revitalized Entertainment District along River Street, and anchors the newly developed area that was once warehouses. Today though along with that rich history along and cool industrious vibes, new restaurants and shops make this area one of the draws of Savannah. The hotel is named after Alida Harper Fowlkes, who was a celebrated entrepreneur in Savannah dedicated to preserving its heritage. Their mocktail recipe is a riff off the classic Campri and soda, whose color reflects the vibrancy of the area
The Mocktail: Good Company
- 1 ½ oz Seedlip Grove 42
- ½ oz Aperitif Syrup
- 6 dash Lactic Acid Solution
- Top Fever Tree Light Tonic
This is one of our favorite mocktail recipes for summer time. Using a jigger, pour 1.5 oz of Seedlip Grove 42 (Non-alcoholic spirit) into a rocks glass. Add .5 oz of Giffard aperitif syrup (non-alcoholic Campari). Add six dashes of lactic acid solution (one part of lactic acid powder diluted in nine parts of water). Fill the glass with cubed ice and mix all the ingredients together. Top off with Fever Tree Light Tonic and add a mint bouquet and half moon orange as garnish.
The Carl Gustaf is an historic hotel that finally reached its potential when it became part of the Barriere group of hotels. Located in the picturesque town of of Gustavia in St. Barths, there’s now a reason besides shopping to come to town. This is the restaurant of views for days, and their mocktail recipe is the perfect one to take it all in.
The Mocktail: Eastside Garden
- 2 oz Seedlip Garden non-alcoholic spirit
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
- .2 oz simple syrup
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 3 cucumber slices
- 5 basil leaves
This is one of the most refreshing mocktail recipes that you can drink any time of the day. Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice cubes and shake well. Strain and pour into a coupette glass and garnish with two basil leaves.
Photo credit: Hotel Barriere Le Carl Gustaf