If mocktails sounds too healthy and you’re looking for a responsible buzz, wellness enthusiasts should consider low ABV cocktails. While there is no standard definition, low ABV (alcohol by volume) cocktails are basically drinks consisting of predominantly lower proof spirits such as vermouths and sherries.
Vermouth? If you’ve never heard of such a word, vermouths (16-18% ABV) are fortified wines flavored with various botanicals and an important component in many kickass signature cocktails. And sherry? No, sherries aren’t just for cooking. Sherries (18-20%) are fortified wines made with white grapes from Spain and make a lovely aperitif before a hearty meal.
Low ABV cocktails are nothing new, as bartenders have been shaking them up for years in the form of sherry cocktails, spritzes, aperitifs and champagne cocktails. However, the rise in popularity for low ABV cocktails is thanks to an increased interest among the bartending scene for high quality vermouths and speciality liqueurs.
So why is this good news for wellness enthusiasts? The trending interest in low ABV means that it’s more become more common for restaurants and bars to stir up drinks that deliver complex flavored low alcohol cocktails. You can sip on flavorful, refreshing low booze cocktails without feeling super smashed. Think of it as mindful drinking!
If you’re stuck at a bar that doesn’t have low ABV cocktails on their menu, ask the bartender to create any of these timeless classics to drink responsibly.
All good things begin with a glass of vino.
I currently hold a Level 2 Intermediate Certificate from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust.