What makes a magnificent mocktail? Something fruity. Something fragrant. Something fabulous. To us, it’s more about the sense of place, drawing on local ingredients to create a unique flourish that elevates the drink to something unforgettable. From zesty Mallorcan oranges to homemade German honey and Arabian rose petals, our team have unearthed the delicate fruits, fragrant herbs and exotic spices that make some of the world’s most perfect mocktails.
Vittaveli Refresher – The Maldives
Harmonising the herbaceous notes of rosemary with tangy hibiscus syrup, aromatic, home-infused spice syrup and fresh blueberries, Vittaveli Refresher is a liquid love letter to the Maldives. The deep fuchsia pink drink is exotic, refreshing and inspired by the tropical beauty of Bolifushi Island. Slink into a wooden cabana at B4R bar at sunset with a Vittaveli Refresher in hand and watch the endless Maldivian skies turn from crimson to inky blue.
Azahar – Mallorca
Sweet with a citrusy kick and as golden as the sun itself, Azahar is inspired by the plump and juicy, local Sóller oranges that grow in the groves surrounding Jumeriah Port Soller Hotel and Spa
. Enlivened with zesty fresh oranges, homemade marmalade, cream and white chocolate syrup, Azahar is a true taste of Mallorca. You’ll find Azahar at Sunset Sushi Lounge, complete with panoramic vistas over Port de Sóller’s horseshoe bay, framed by the Tramuntana mountains.
Here’s how to make an Azahar at home:
120ml freshly squeeze orange juice
20ml orange marmalade
15ml white chocolate syrup
10ml sugar syrup
1 Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake together for 20 seconds.
2 Pour over ice in a rock glass then top up with cream before serving.
3 Finally, garnish with grated orange skin and pansies for a professional touch.
Rosebud – Dubai
Roses play an intrinsic part in Arab culture, both as a symbol for Allah, where the petals represent law, knowledge and truth, and as the blood of Mohammed. Rose water has been used as a food flavouring in the Middle East, so it’s not surprising that it is infused into our Rosebud cocktail, at the Al Mandhar Lobby Lounge at Jumeirah Madinat
in Dubai. Hand-poured from an elegant jug into a coupe, the Rosebud is a romantic amalgamation of infused crystal rose petals with mango and strawberry tea, lime cordial, strawberry syrup, rose water and mixed berries. The fragrant floral notes and ambrosial fruits combine to capture the intrigue and mysticism of the Middle East.
Honey Rider – Frankfurt
You’ll find this honey-infused number buzzing around Ember Bar & Lounge in Frankfurt - quite literally. For atop Jumeirah Frankfurt, 40,000 bees reside at the hotel’s very own Skyline Honeybees apiary. Honey from the hive gives this mocktail a sweet, floral taste alongside apple, raspberry, orange and passion fruit juices. “This mocktail combines fruit juices and our aromatic Skyline Honey,” explains its creator. “The variety of flowers and the reduced use of pesticides in the city make our Skyline Honey extra aromatic.”
Make a Honey Rider yourself at home:
100ml orange juice
100ml apple juice
50ml raspberry juice
100ml passion fruit juice
1 Put all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake it.
2 Pour it in a long glass over ice and enjoy.
Candy Spice – Abu Dhabi
Don’t be deceived by this sugary-sounding recipe, for at its heart it hides a bold, fiery surprise. Created at Abu Dhabi’s elegant Nahaam restaurant, Candy Spice playfully mixes freshly-muddled strawberry and squeezed lemon with cranberry and ultra-hot Tabasco sauce. Hot, sweet and sour, Candy Spice is the perfectly balanced summer refresher. Drink yours at Naheem’s smart open-air lounge overlooking the iridescent Arabian Gulf, as palms sway gently in the warm breeze.