A flavorful pairing without booze

Bars create entizing atmospheres for friends to gather and enjoy each others company. No one in a company of friends should feel excluded and for this reason most top level bars in Copenhagen provide a good selection of non-alcoholic cocktails on their menus. This is certainly the case at Curfew.

Bar owner Humberto Marques is of the opinion that all guests deserves top level service no matter their preferences. You might be alcohol intolerant, pregnant or working the day after. Whatever the case – if you prefer a non acoholic drink a skilled bartender will offer you interesting flavor pairings mixed with care rather than just popping a soda. At Curfew they have a good selection of low ABV cocktails also known as “light cocktails” and alcohol free cocktails on the menu. One of them is the Temptation:

Temptation - an alchohol free cocktail from Curfew.6 cl passion fruit puree
6 cl lime juice
3 cl honey
1 sprig of tarragon
Ginger ale

All ingredients except the ginger ale are shaken with ice. Strain over ice in a high ball glass and top with ginger ale. Garnished with a dried apple slice and a sprig of tarragon.

This is a simple pairing of flavors that interact well together. The exotic passion fruit combined with the earthy tarragon herb is sharpened with a healthy amount of fresh lime, balanced with the sweetness of honey and lenghtened with the spicy ginger notes from a ginger ale.

There are many interesting ways of combing flavors in a drink without the use of alchohol. For an article on the subject from Tales of the Cocktail Matt Seigel gives some examples:

“Find whatever herbs, barks, vegetables, bones, spices, whatever and boil them in hot water, or any other liquid — you’ll be amazed at what you can make and the depth of flavors you can achieve… Hops, juniper berries, cardamom, saffron, fennel and other ingredients used in gin and herbal liqueurs can be used raw or toasted to add complex flavors to a drink without adding alcohol.”

For more non-alcoholic cocktails check out: Strawberries with Cream from K-bar, Verdita from The Barking Dog or P-Squared from Brønnum.

Over the coming months we will share more alcohol free temptations from some of the best bars in Copenhagen. To have the inspiration delivered straight to your feed or indbox, follow our Facebook site, Instagram profile or monthly newsletter

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Thomas Klem Andersen
I believe that true mastery eventually leads to original creation given the right conditions. I love creative cocktails that push the limits of flavor pairing. But I can't deny I have a personal preference for whisky and love everything that is clear and stirred.