5 Expert Tips On Creating a Sophisticated Mocktail

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For the past five years, the people behind Dubai-based Tonique Consultancy have provided a unique approach to the drinks industry with their emphasis on infusing ‘life and soul’ into any party they touch. With the holiday season just around the corner, Savoir Flair turned to Lorena Tapiero of Tonique for her tips on creating an equal parts pretty and refreshing mocktail for your next festive soirée. Read on for Tapiero’s five-pronged approach to mastering the mocktail.

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Photo: Courtesy of Michele Illuzzi

Ingredients
Depending on the time of year, always source fruits and vegetables that are in season to allow for optimal freshness and taste. Embrace the fact that we live in a region that is home to certain spices and herbs, so don’t be afraid to get creative with the greats of the Middle East such as cardamom, rose and orange blossom water, and saffron. At the moment, we have been using these non-alcoholic droplets by Javier De Las Muelas which enhance the drink’s flavor profile simply by adding a couple of dashes of either chilli pepper, oak smoke, sweet violets, or Darjeeling Tea, to name a few.

Photo: Courtesy of Michele Illuzzi

Glassware
This is all subjective, depending on the guest and the occasion. In the past, we have provided bespoke vessels ranging from tiki mugs, flutes, mason jars, milk bottles, tin cans, and believe it or not, the plain ol’ plastic bag never ceases to amaze, as it tends to be the hot commodity at our events. You always want your guests to go away with a memorable experience — and a souvenir is always an added bonus.

Garnish & Creativity
If you haven’t noticed, these days, what’s outside the glass is just as important as what’s inside the glass. The garnish has overcome a sort of renaissance as people are becoming more aware of the aesthetics and aromatics that go into their cocktails. We try to add a little pep in peoples’ step by offering things that are innovative and creative. No longer a simple cherry on top, garnishes nowadays run the gamut of functions.

How to create a mocktail
Photo: Courtesy of Michele Illuzzi

Props & Tools
Lately we have witnessed first-hand how bar tools have moved far beyond the usual jigger and shaker to the rise of the soda syphons, chemical emulsifiers, and sous-vide machines, to name a few. It’s the little things that help make a statement and differentiate one’s product from the rest. And you wouldn’t believe how visuals such as herbs, tonics, and other botanicals add to the overall composition of the drink.

The Presentation
We all crave perfection and we naturally want the end product to be a showstopper, but your golden rule should be: Always inject a bit of fun, no matter what. Your focus should be to bring the mocktail to life through the craft, finesse, and charisma that you infuse it with, as opposed to stressing over perfection.

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