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Meanwhile, more than a few high-end London bars have revamped their mocktail menus and launched some interesting collaborations.


In the Gherkin’s sky-high Iris Bar, mixer maker Franklin & Sons is hosting a bespoke “Flavour Discovery Experience” until the end of February, with experiential activities guiding guests through no-and-low alcohol tastings and pairings.

Franklin & Sons have devised an experience for guests to choose whether to indulge in one of the many prestige gin and spirit pairings, to stick to ‘Dry January’ with Seedlip and Everleaf aperitifs, or to take a middle ground with low-alcohol pairing options.

Replicating a similar pop-up the soft drinks brand pulled off over London Cocktail Week, guests will be told to choose a flavoured tonic through a blind smell test.

They will then be led to a garnish foraging garden in the bar, with planted herbs and pots of garnishes, that will complement their choice of tonic. Guests will then visit the ‘low or no library’ to choose their low or non-alcoholic spirit or vermouth, before the Iris bar’s staff get to work helping guests assemble their personalised serve.

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