No Cocktails at the Bar? The Best Alternatives.

I’ve often found myself in bars that serve nothing from the cocktail family,  or bars that charge a day’s pay for a single drink, and as someone who’s almost always craving a cocktail, I’ve had to think outside the box. Here are a couple of ways you can get your sweet fix without much trouble.

  • Lindemans Fruit Beer

If you find yourself in a craft brew pub, the sort that seem to be popping up all over Dublin and soon the rest of Ireland, as of late (I should know, I work at one), check the fridges for a thing called Lindemans. It’s beer, but don’t be scared off. These are made in the style of Lambic beers, a Belgian brew, and fruit juice is added during the fermentation process. The result is a richly fruity, unsyrupy sweet treat of a beer, without the usual grainy taste. They’re light in alcohol content and absolutely delicious–you may find yourself addicted! The Peach and Apple flavours are my favourite.

  • Flavoured vodka and a clashing mixer:

Absolut and Smirnoff and many other brands all have a huge range of flavoured vodkas, so this works in particular in the case of the super-expensive cocktail bar, as they should stock all of them. Try clashing flavours, orange vodka with cranberry juice, lemon vodka with apple juice, currant flavours with orange juice, to recreate the taste depth of a simple cocktail.

  • Core Ingredients

Take the core two ingredients from your favourite cocktail and get the closest thing you can!
Cosmopolitan: Lemon/Orange Vodka with Cranberry Juice
Whiskey Sour: Whiskey and Bitter Lemon (by Schweppes)
Cube Libre: Not a substitute, just rum and coke with lime squeezed in!
Tequila Sunrise: Tequila and Orange Juice
Dark and Stormy: Dark rum and ginger beer/ginger ale (with lime squeeze)
Kamikaze: Orange Vodka and Lime Juice
Skittle Bomb: A bomb, but it’s delicious as a long drink! Cointreau and Red Bull
Pina Colada: Mentioned before, Malibu with pineapple juice.
Google your favourite cocktail and see what you can do to make an alternative.

  • Pimm’s and Lemonade

This stuff is so delicious when made right. Make sure the bartender is muddling (squishing) the lemons and limes and it’s even better with strawberries. So refreshing in the summer and you will gulp this right down.

  • Chocolate Stout:

Obviously if you only want super sweet and fresh this is not going to cut it, but chocolate stouts are rich, sweet and delicious. If you’re any way adventurous or would drink a beer at a push, try a chocolate stout. My favourites are Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and Galway Bay Brewery’s Buried At Sea. If you can find it, Anderson Valley’s Bourbon Barrel Stout has an amazing toffee and espresso flavour. So hard to find but such a treat if you can.

Thanks for reading ❤


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