As more and more places to meet and socialize come up, eateries are getting innovating and attracting the youth with different types of beverages, both hot and cold. However, in Ahmedabad where the weather is above 35 degrees about 8 months of the year, cold beverages are the way to chill out both literally and also as a style statement.
The 15-35 years group socialize with their friends at various cafes and the drink of their choice is the mocktail, which in Ahmedabad is very popular. Gujarat is a dry state, so, cocktails are out. Most cafes are constantly experimenting with different combinations of mocktails so you get various types of mojitos with different flavours, to watermelon based, coconut milk based and various other fruit-based mocktails.
But with hundreds of cafes and eateries offering different mocktails, it can get confusing to find those special mocktail joints. We have chosen a few of the best joints where you can get great mocktails so do visit and enjoy some great mocktails, especially in the hot weather.
List of top places serving awesome mocktails in Ahmedabad:
The Cafe Baraco, Prahlad Nagar
This is the second of The Cafe Baraco outlet, the newly opened one at Prahlad Nagar. Located on the happening 100 Feet Road, The Cafe Baraco is known for its cold beverages so here you can get lots of mocktails like the TCB Mojito which you can get in 'watermelon, kiwi, berry, orange and cranberry' flavours. Also, try the Safe Sex on the Beach which has a combination of many different juices like 'cranberry, grape and peach' in it.
Price for 2: Rs 750
This place on Vijay Char Rasta is located at a busy business area so people often come here for meetings and other social engagements. Social Knights have a big list of cold beverages and amazing mocktails on its menu and a prominent bar with stools in a circular setting apart from the regular tables and chairs. Try their Cosmopolitan which has 'cranberry juice, lemon and syrup' in it or you may try the Pino Guava which has 'pineapple and guava juice' in it.
Price for 2: Rs 700
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The Cafe Bonito in Boadakdev is located on the first floor. It has a trendy look and is relatively a new café. It is built on 2 levels, the first floor and there is an upper floor which one can climb to from inside. It is a popular place with the young crowd. The café has a whole page full of mocktails in its menu. Try the California Sunshine with 'orange juice, strawberry crush and Vanilla ice-cream' or Black Beauty which has 'black currant, cranberry juice and lime juice'.
Price for 2: Rs 800
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One of the few 24-hour cafes in town, Kaffee-Mast Hai is one of the very popular cafes in the Chandkheda area. It is located in Shree Balaji Agora Mall in the basement. This is a vegetarian cafe and it serves a variety of mocktails. Try the Designated Appletini which has 'green apple crush' in it, Sundowner which has 'grape juice along with mint' and Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri with 'pineapple juice and fresh strawberry'.
Price for 2: Rs 650
Popular with the youth crowd, this café is themed on the jail. The place has yuppy interiors with a large painting of a face on one wall, a big screen, loud music and a whole lot of bars to replicate a jail setting. They serve their drinks in tin mugs and aluminium glasses as in jail but they have interesting sounding mocktails which have a twist. Try their Bloody Merry, Shirley Temple or Floating Heart. They also have a long list of mojitos.
Price for 2: Rs 1000
A published author working on her second book, Sonal worked for many years as a journalist in The Indian Express, The Asian Age and DNA Newspaper where she regularly reviewed restaurants and wrote about food. She worked in Nairobi as a general manager of a group of restaurants in another era. She loves experimenting with food but is also known for her Biryanis and Kababs and even her baking skills. She likes travelling to little known places and if she finds quaint eateries it just makes the trip more fun. Currently based in Ahmedabad, she is happy with the growing awareness of gourmet food in the city.