Optimistic FebFasters will look at reaching the midpoint of their mission as their glass being half full. Meanwhile, pessimistic challengees might simply see a half-empty fortnight to go. Either way, their proverbial glasses should only contain non-adult beverages.
But sometimes fizzy water just won't cut it and simply avoiding temptation by becoming a hermit throughout February makes anyone a dull boy (or girl). So we've rounded up 8 Fabulous Non-alcoholic cocktails for FebFast, to see you through triumphantly until Parched March.
Don't forget to take a moment to pour one out for the late great Shirley Temple, who passed last week, namesake of possibly the most famous non-alcoholic cocktail of them all.
'GOING GRAPE' – 1806
The fine folk at 1806 have designed a drink specifically for Feb Fastees who may be going a little mad with withdrawals symptoms. Their 'Going Grape' contains cooling smashed red grapes and cucumbers, plus a little agave syrup so you can try to fool yourself that there's tequila in it.
1806 | 169 Exhibition Street in Melbourne
'NERO' – LADRO
You could get away with drinking Ladro's Feb Fast offering at any time of the day. Their regally dark 'Nero' stars iced black tea from Storm in a Teacup (also a great place to get a decidedly non-alcoholic cuppa while your mates sip mar-tea-nis), spiked only with flavours of orange and rosemary. I feel more hydrated just from reading that recipe. Balance out the healthfulness by ordering one of their famous pizzas while you're drinking.
Ladro | 224 Gertrude Street in Fitzroy & 162 Greville Street in Prahran
'PALERMITA' – CUTLER & CO
The Fitzroy institution has a regular list of simple yet refined tee-totalling concoctions inspired by everything from Italian classics to opera singers to imaginary men. We'd like to sit back with a few Palermitas over lunch; a trinity of pineapple, almond and bitters.
Cutler & Co | 55-57 Gertrude Street in Fitzroy
'CHAINAPPLE' – SHEBEEN
Chainapple is the delicious pairing of house-made chai spices and pineapple juice at Shebeen. Your lack of hangover isn't the only thing to make you feel better; 100% of this bar's profits go to worthy causes worldwide. It's a very tasty way to double your good karma!
Shebeen | 36 Manchester Lane in Melbourne
'HORCHATA' – FONDA
There are not many things better than an icy, salty, citrusy margarita (in fact, we might be drinking a couple right now – sorry to tease). Avoid the tequila trap and increase your traditional Mexican drinking repertoire this month and sip on a Horchata. It's a Vampire Weekend song, but also an odd-sounding but pleasantly nutty combo of condensed milk, rice water and warming spices.
Fonda | 248 Swan Street in Richmond & 144 Chapel Street in Windsor
'VIRGIN MARGARITA' – ROBERT BURNS HOTEL
Speaking of margaritas...sometimes classics are classic for a reason. If you're going to go for a traditional taste, you may as well do it in a traditional venue. The Robbie Burns pub is pouring out non-alcoholic margaritas this month only, with 25% of all proceeds going to the Feb Fast cause. They also have boozeless beer and sparkling on offer, but our money's on the margs.
Robert Burns Hotel | 376 Smith Street in Collingwood
'VERA'S CHOICE' – RED SPICE ROAD
Vera's Choice is also our choice of mocktail from banquet kings Red Spice Road. A super chilled-out duo of cucumber and aloe vera juice is livened up with some bubbles and pomegranate molasses. We know you're only ordering it wash down their near-iconic status caramel and black vinegar pork belly.
Red Spice Road | 27 McKillop Street in Melbourne
'GINGER MOJITO' – BAR NACIONAL
Why hello Ginger Mojito, you delicious little beauty you. Who knew one of our favourite Feb Fast saviours was to be found in the Docklands? With a peppy taste of mint, kaffir lime and happy-making fresh ginger, you'll hardly notice that – as Jack Sparrow often opines – the rum is gone.
Bar Nacional | 727 Collins Street in Docklands
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