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With the low/no alcohol trend showing no signs of slowing down, we explore the world of mocktails with Marian Beke, leading bartender at The Gibson Bar. Here's his favourite ginger beer mocktail serves to get your creative juices flowing!


Mocktails are a non-alcoholic alternative to a cocktail, and with customers increasingly looking for more low/no alcohol alternatives they can be a great addition to your venue’s menu.

For customers who don't want to drink alcohol, mocktails are an excellent way of providing your customer with a quality drink, without compromising on flavour or experience. Mocktails can also drive more profit than other soft drinks and are a great option to offer customers at different occasions or times of the day.

As a member of bar staff, an important part of your role is to serve responsibly and to ensure your customer does not drink alcohol excessively. Mocktails can be a good way of offering customers a non-alcoholic drink as an alternative to alcohol or in between alcoholic drinks.

Marian Beke’s top tips for creating mocktails:

Creating the Perfect Ginger Beer Mocktail:

Ginger beer mocktails have become a favourite serve among bartenders. As a naturally fermented ginger-based drink, ginger beer is perfect for creating a tasty non-alcoholic alternative. Ginger beer can add extra flavour and complements many juices or syrups used to create the perfect mocktail.

At The Gibson, there are many seasonal mocktails on offer and quite often enough, Marian and his team create customised mocktails on the spot depending on what ingredients are at hand and what flavour the person is looking for, often incorporating ginger beer.

It is important to recognise many people these days want to go out and just have a good time with friends but for many reasons they can't drink. Marian firmly believes it's important to make these guests feel just as special as others drinking alcoholic beverages in your venue, and spend the same attention to detail and craftsmanship creating their mocktails as you would for cocktails.

Here's a list of ginger beer mocktails Marian has created based on local flavours used in The Gibson:

London Mule


  1. Pour all ingredients into the mug/glass, trying to use fresh ingredients where possible
  2. Top up with ginger beer


Clover Fizz


  1. Pour all ingredients into a shaker except the ginger beer
  2. Shake for 6-8 seconds until the quince jam is dissolved
  3. Strain into the glass
  4. Top up with ginger beer.


Indian Summer


  1. Shake the ingredients
  2. Strain into a glass
  3. Top up with ginger beer.


Orchard Ball


  1. Pour all ingredients into shaker except the ginger beer
  2. Fill the shaker with fresh ice cubes
  3. Shake for 6-8 seconds
  4. Top up with ginger beer.


Samurai's Tea


  1. Make a tea by boiling water and macerating tea for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Strain the tea and mix with 1/1 ratio of caster sugar.
  3. Allow the sugar to dissolve.

This is now your lapsang syrup.

  1. Next, make your cantaloupe puree by mashing scooped melon and cut into cubes.
  2. Add sugar syrup.
  3. Blend together with a hand blender.
  4. Place all ingredients in a shaker and shake.
  5. Strain.
  6. Top with ginger beer.

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