Food & Drink / Mindset

Myths of mindful drinking in bars & restaurants.

20% of people in the UK don’t drink alcohol. 

There are a variety of reasons; health, religion, pregnancy, taste etc. So, why do we still have a negative attitude about it?

“Teetotallers are bad for business”
The argument is, why would I want to serve a £1.50 ginger ale when I could serve a £10 Gin Martini in the same time? This would be a good point but now we are blaming our guest for the fact that there are no super premium non-alc options on the menu.

The rang of super premium options out there are getting better and better. A personal favourite is Lyre’s Spirit Co that are designed to sub indirectly into cocktail menus.

Mocktails are a faff and taste bad
Well firstly you are calling them mocktails, so no wonder people aren’t taking them seriously. Also, if you carelessly slinging ‘jungle juice’ across the bar that anybody could make, then no wonder people don’t care. 

The idea is for drinks to be crafted and flavour led.

Low ABV means less flavour
Couldn’t be further from the truth. Have you ever drank pure ethanol? Yeah me neither (well…once but we don’t talk about that).

All lo & no options are terrible
This may have been closer to the truth 15 years ago but it is 2021. The options around mindful drinking are better than ever. We have mentioned Lyres already but some other favourites include Crosship and Big Drop Brewery.

Arron Smallman About Author

I started my road to recovery on day one of the first lockdown. Which seems like many moons ago but has actually passed in the blink of an eye. After hitting rock bottom and not knowing where to turn I threw a rather large tantrum and decided I was going to sort my shit out. I did 100 days no drink, dedicated myself to training physically and mentally every day and committed to improving myself. As well as finding like-minded individuals within hospitality who were looking to or had done the same. Enter Paddy and So Lets Talk. I am still convinced that myself and Paddy are the same person in many aspects, but the truth is that is just the brutal nature of an industry that chews you up and spits you out if get swept up in the tidal wave. We are on a mission to change the face of hospitality and make sure the future generations of this amazing industry thrive and not just survive. It is great to have purpose and, in what has been a sh*tty and difficult year for many, actually be able to have clarity for the first time. Healing feels good. Progress feels even better.

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