With the temperature finally starting to dip into single digits in Hong Kong, we’re still clinging on to the thought of white Christmas, presents by the tree, and warming our toes by the fireplace. Of course, if you’re like us, you spent the better part of the past month engaged in heavy imbibing, and it’s about time for a (brief but necessary) break. If you’re set on doing Dry January, these winter mocktails will take you right through the dry spell until it’s time to break out the liquor bottles again. Here are 10 of our favourites around town right now.
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Evoking a lush tropical rainforest, the Fresh Water mocktail (HK$108) at renowned bar The Envoy is a refreshing kick-off to the new year with elderflower cordial paired with homemade thyme syrup, yuzu juice and soda water. If you’re looking for a punchy pick-me-up, this one’s for you.
The Envoy, 3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2169 3311
Bunker down in the cold weather courtesy of nood food’s Choco Ginger Bliss (HK$68), a smooth and silky take on everyone’s favourite winter drink, hot chocolate. Blended with organic cacao, dates, coconut, almond butter and ginger, the slightly spicy concoction will go down a treat after a revitalising workout at the adjacent PURE gym.
nood food, 3/F, Hutchison House, 10 Harcourt Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 3691 3692
Inspired by a botanical garden, Quinary’s elegant Tea Rosa (HK$110) hits the perfect balance of sweet to tart, splashed with lemon juice and topped up with soda water. Fizzy and floral, you’ll hardly miss the alcohol as you’re savouring each sip of the rosy-hued drink.
Quinary, 56-58 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2851 3223
What’s more appropriate for cold weather nights than taking a long, hot soak in the tub? Reflecting the gin bar’s cheeky and playful spirit, the KGB (“Kyoho Grape Bathtub”, HK$108) has long been a bestseller at Origin — spiked or not — with the grape juice and elderflower concoction served in a bubble tea bath, complete with a yellow rubber ducky on the side.
Origin, 48 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2668 5583
Duck into hidden bar Fu Lou Shou for a winter warmer in the form of the Yum Cha (HK$78), which is served in a traditional red Chinese ceramic mug. Crafted with the same attention to balance and quality ingredients as Fu Lou Shou’s expertly made cocktails, the Yum Cha starts with the sweet properties of homemade red date tea offset by tart lemon juice and splashes of passionfruit and elderflower syrup.
Fu Lu Shou, 7/F, 31 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2336 8812
While it’s back to the dreaded work week, you can still imagine you’re on holiday with the refreshing Spicy Mango Cooler (HK$110) at dim sum fave Duddell’s. Tart, spicy, fruity and sweet, the revitalising cooler has everything that makes a great cocktail, without the added calories. Guzzle it down for an instant cure to post-holiday blues.
Duddell’s, Level 3-4, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2525 9191
Don’t let its girly appearance fool you: The Mariposa (HK$88) at whisky bar Angel’s Share is full of depth and flavour — a homemade sangria reduction mixed with bergamot puree with roundness from roasted hazelnut syrup and acidity from balsamic vinegar. It’s topped off with a whimsical chocolate butterfly for a ‘gram-worthy virgin drink.
Angel’s Share, 2/F, Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2805 8388
Two of our favourite winter ingredients, ginger and red dates, come together in the Longan Nahm Mocktail (HK$50) at Chachawan. The remedying drink is exactly what the doctor prescribed, buoyed by the detoxifying properties of ginger and the loaded essential vitamins and minerals of red dates.
Chachawan, 206 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2549 0020
We love stopping by Buenos Aires Polo Club anytime we’re in need of a stiff, well-made drink (we particularly adore the Mi Gran Cigarro); but this month we’ll be ditching the booze in favour of The Palermo, an expertly shaken mocktail brightened with fresh raspberry juice and topped off with a creamy egg white cap. The elegant sipper is the perfect cure for those still battling the effects of holiday excess.
Buenos Aires Polo Club, 7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2321 8681