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Brief Published: 20 Jun 2016

Mood-Boosting Cocktails

Relax cocktail, Barts

Exclusive London-based cocktail bar Barts has created a mood-boosting drinks menu featuring ingredients known to boost happiness, focus and relaxation. Conceived by Barts’ award-winning bar manager Vincenzo Sibilia, the menu features three ‘mind-altering’ cocktails.

The Happiness cocktail blends Belvedere Vodka with cherry tomatoes (high in serotonin – a natural mood booster), strawberries (high in antioxidants), lemon, cherries, basil leaves and black pepper. Relax includes stress-busting chamomile (rich in magnesium, which can alleviate stress), soporific lavender and cardamom, blended with Zafferan Tanqueray and a twist of lemon. Lastly, Focus offers stimulants such as caffeine and ginseng, infused with smoked wheat, coffee beans, hazelnut syrup and bitters.

Barts is not the first to experiment with mood-boosting menus. See Culinary Consciousness to find out which other hospitality brands are crafting uplifting offers with ‘emotionally attuned’ ingredients.

For a deeper look at how traditional alcoholic drinks and experiences are evolving to reflect a greater sense of health and wellness, see Rebranding Health, New Cocktail Culture and Nightlife Eats.

Meanwhile, DIY Mixology: At Home & On the Go explores new cocktail trends for the 'commercial connoisseur'.