Florence: where to drink excellent non-alcoholic drinks


Florence: where to drink excellent non-alcoholic drinks

Non-alcoholic drinking has never been so pleasant: we point out the best places to drink excellent alcohol free drinks in Florence.

In the city that gave birth to the Negroni, it is no longer a heresy to sit at the counter of a bar and ask for a non-alcoholic cocktail. Florence was able to immediately accept the challenge of alcohol-free drinks with success, demonstrating originality and creativity in this field as well. To open the way in the city the clubs in the center starting with some historic cafes together with the bars of the great hotels. Certainly a decisive stimulus also came from the Florence Cocktail Week which educated customers and opened the eyes of many. Many have now become infected by the fashion of mocktails which has now become a pleasant alternative for fans of mixology.

 

  1. Caffè Gilli (via Roma, 1 / r). Luca Picchi is a veteran of non-alcoholic cocktails on the Florence square. He has always been a staunch supporter to the point of already creating an alcohol-free menu for children several years ago illustrated by his daughter’s drawings. He has continued to cultivate this passion over the years and now that he is behind the counter of the Caffè Gilli in Piazza della Repubblica on paper there are his non-alcoholic reinterpretations of great classics such as the Mojito in the Virgin version and the Gin & Tonic in its own way: in in this case the success of the drink is given by the extract and the infusion of juniper which gives aromas and flavors without having to add a drop of alcohol to the tonic.
  2. Atrium Bar (Borgo Pinti, 99). Sipping a cocktail at the bar in the lounge of a large hotel is a dream for many. In Florence there is a place where all this becomes reality: it is the Atrium Bar of the Four Seasons in Borgo Pinti 99 which does not fail to amaze, year after year, lovers of mixology. In the latest cards, a large space is dedicated to non-alcoholic cocktails and Seedlip also plays a leading role in the menu served both absolute (Garden 108, Spice 94 and Grove) and in mixing for the great passion that the mixologist Edoardo Sandri has for this product where , as he likes to point out ” you can really feel the herbs “.
  3. Largo9 (Largo Pietro Annigoni, 9 / c). A place in the Sant’Ambrogio market where signature pizza meets mixology. Largo9 is both a contemporary pizzeria and a cocktail bar. In the first case, Gabriele Dani’s pizzas dictate the law, while behind the counter there is a barlady: Veronica Costantino. Alongside signature cocktails that go well with the dishes on the menu, here are three mocktails for those who give up alcohol but certainly not drink well: Pop, Dolce Salato and Tropical do not disappoint expectations.
  4. La Terrazza Rooftop Bar (Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli, 2 / r). From the top of the terrace with a breathtaking view of the Arno, any cocktail has a different flavor. To the elegant and exclusive setting of the Lungarno Collection club not far from Ponte Vecchio is added the pleasure of finding ample space for mocktails in the drink list. Among the Camillo Baby proposals based on Seedlip garden, orange juice and red Sanbitter and Cool & Spicy which, as the name implies, is prepared with mint, lime, sugar, Tabasco and ginger ale. In short, you shouldn’t rely on alcohol for an evening that makes your head spin in the midst of so much beauty.
  5. Harry’s Bar (Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci, 8). There are places that are always true to themselves: the Harry’s bar counter does not contradict itself. At the shaker Thomas Martini is a true alchemist when it comes to interpreting a classic cocktail in a non-alcoholic version. The paper is therefore very rich and ranges from the Virgin Mary to the much more fearful Bloody Mary, the Virgin Margherita and the Gold Velvet (in response to the Black Velvet), the Virgin Mojito for those who dream of an island in the Caribbean but do not want to get drunk. Even Negroni becomes Virgin if prepared with grenadine, bitter syrup and tonic. Among the great classics that are already born without alcohol Shirley Temple, the Roy Rogers loved by the Americans and the iconic Virgin Bellini with fresh peach and orange puree.
  6. Sesto On Arno (piazza Ognissanti, 3). On the top floor of the Westin Excelsior in Piazza Ognissanti, with the Arno flowing at your feet, you can treat yourself to a non-alcoholic drink on one of the Sesto terraces. A very popular place at aperitif time also for the cocktail menu that really thinks of everyone: Montecristo (berries, lemon, hybiscus tea, cranberry and soda) or Immunity based on pineapple, grapefruit and ginger are two some proposals to stay sober during the hot summer nights in Florence.
  7. Caffè dell’Oro (Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli, 4). It is said that not all that glitters is gold, but here it is a bit of everything that shines: from the restaurant to the prestigious location (practically in front of Ponte Vecchio). In the Caffè dell’Oro the cocktail list also sparkles with alcohol-free proposals that stand out: we find the Clear’n Stormy with Seedlip Garden, lime juice, ginger beer, Sparkling Rosemary with elderflower syrup, juice of bergamot, organic gazzosa and of course the Virgin Negroni, a tribute to Count Camillo, with Seedlip Garden, bitters and orange juice could not be missing. On the comfortable armchairs of the restaurant you can sit outside and watch the rub on the riverside.
  8. Fake (via Agnolo Firenzuola, 9 / r). Despite the name, Fake doesn’t mess around when it comes to mixing and the discussion moves to the mocktail front. In this bar-restaurant a little away from the center, in the Cure area, but not for this little attentive to the non-alcoholic menu, you will not be disappointed with the Virgin Negroni (Lyre’s italian orange, Lyre’s aperitif red and the non-alcoholic gin Siegfried), the Smoky Mate with Seedlip Grove 42, lime, pineapple juice), Fake Mojito and Fake Mule: both prepared with Seedlip Spice 94.
  9. La Pépinière (Borgo San Frediano, 169 / r) is an organic, vegan and gluten-free restaurant (Aic certified) and has its own philosophy from the dishes on the menu to the wine list and cocktails. Those looking for organic labels will find them here, in Oltrarno and in the shadow of Porta San Frediano. Non-alcoholic lovers will find fruit and vegetable juices and extracts as well as mocktails: from the Spice Girl with citrus pesto, ginger beer, cloves and pepper to the Moulin Rouge with tomato juice, lemon, Tabasco, paprika, liquid smoke, salt and pepper. There is also the Mockito with lime, brown sugar, mint and soda: perfect for the summer.
  10. Viktoria Lounge Bar (via Giuseppe Verdi, 28 / r). The twins of the shaker in Florence are Marco and Paolo Marini. In their restaurant a stone’s throw from Piazza Santa Croce they have always offered a cocktail list that fully reflects the atmosphere in front of and behind the counter, always in the sign of lightness, joy and mixed drinking without excess. From the Aunt’s Elixir (pineapple extract, citrus cordial, grapefruit and lime juice) to the Aia Tonic (tomato, grapefruit and lemon juice, English Worcester sauce and pepper), soft drinks also reflect this philosophy. A proposal with which you are always on the safe side.

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