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THE MINDFUL DRINKER'S CHOICE

In the last year, our homes have taken on an array of different roles. We swapped cafés for lounges, cocktail bars for kitchens, and got dressed up for our own dining rooms. In short – we pulled out all the stops to mark special occasions during this time.

But now, as a new normality returns, many of us are making a conscious effort to embrace wellness, and find a sense of balance. Whether you’re cutting down on the sweet stuff, trying to drink a little less or you’re just that evening’s designated driver, a mindful drink is a fool proof choice.

We’ve put together some helpful hacks for effortlessly elegant mindful drinking; from how to spot the low-calorie choices at your go-to cocktail bar, to mixing lighter drinks at home.

OUR MINDFUL DRINKING TIPS

At London Essence, we don’t believe mindful drinking should mean sacrificing the look, quality or flavour of your favourite cocktails – just adapting your approach. Here are a few easy ways to practice mindful drinking, without bursting your bubble:

A LONG DRINK IS YOUR FRIEND

Next time you’re perusing the menu in a bar, go for a cocktail in a highball glass. Taking your time over a long drink is better than ordering several short, sweet ones. Cocktails in champagne coups or martini glasses are great for the gram, but they tend to contain more sugar and spirits.

CHOOSE A LIGHT MIXER

This is a quick and simple way practice mindful drinking, without giving up the flavours you love. Sticking to a low-calorie mixer will instantly bring your sugar intake down; why not try a London Essence crafted soda, or our range of light tonic waters?

OPT FOR A SKINNY SPIRIT

When it comes to calories per shot, spirits can vary hugely across the board, but as a general rule, higher alcohol content means more calories. So a 37.5% gin would be less calorific than a 40% rum, or a 50% brandy – but this percentage can differ, so be sure to check the label.

SWAP YOUR SWEETENERS OUT

Bringing out the cocktail shaker this weekend? There are plenty of lighter alternatives to sugar, like Stevia, as well as natural sweeteners like woody maple syrup, agave or dark molasses.

WHAT MAKES LONDON ESSENCE PERFECT FOR MINDFUL DRINKERS?

 

Our versatile collection of mixers is low calorie across the board, so whether you’re craving a Dark ‘n’ Stormy or a classic G&T, ordering London Essence is a fail-safe way to give your drink a mindful upgrade.  

 

  • We don’t let sweetness take centre stage. Our sophisticated distillation process allows us to unleash the purest flavours from carefully selected botanicals, without upping the calorie count.

 

  • There’s a London Essence mixer for every kind of drink, and every kind of drinker. With such a wide range of tonics, gingers and sodas, it’s effortless to make your tipple of choice a little lighter.

 

  • We’re also a delicious, tasteful alternative for non-drinkers, who still want to partake in the ritual of a cocktail.

 

5 COCKTAILS

UNDER 150 CALORIES

 

With the increasing trend of wellness and the popularity of mindful drinking in mind, we’ve put together a menu of enticing cocktails under 150 calories, all featuring our deliciously light mixers. These recipes are bursting with refreshing flavours, while keeping sugar to a minimum, and containing low or no alcohol too.

ZERO PROOF MOJITO

Perfect for adventurous non-drinkers, this mocktail recipe features a mouthwatering combination of mint syrup, lime juice and our Delicate Ginger Ale.

ZERO PROOF BELLINI

This sweetly sparkling, simple mocktail has just two ingredients – a seasonal fruit purée of your choice, and our White Peach & Jasmine Crafted Soda.

PINK GIN & TONIC

A colourful twist on the iconic gin and tonic, this low-calorie gin cocktail includes a handful of fresh mixed berries, and our Pomelo & Pink Pepper Tonic Water.

VODKA COLLINS

Flowery and fragrant with the zing of lemon, this light Vodka cocktail with White Peach & Jasmine Crafted Soda is a true treat for your taste buds.

DARK 'N' STORMY

Our Spiced Ginger Beer brings fiery warmth to this low-calorie Dark ‘n’ Stormy recipe, perfectly cut with fresh lime juice.

Feeling inspired? Take a look at our other cocktail recipes, all organised by spirit, or head over to the London Essence store and try your hand at mixing a mindful drink of your very own. 

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