Our apparent intoxication with alcohol isn’t something that just happened over night. History tells us that as early as 9,000 years ago the ancient Chinese were making a primitive wine out of rice, honey and fruits. The Inca’s, The Ancient Egyptians, The Geeks, The Romans all produced and thoroughly enjoyed the effects of alcohol.
It’s undeniable that alcohol has impacted religion, language and the arts, but it has had a profound influence on the shaping of our modern-day society and culture.
The alcohol industry is worth an estimated 1263 billion (USD) worldwide. In many ways it would be difficult imagining a western society without alcohol. Where do you go if you want meet up with friends in the evening? A Restaurant? A Bar? A Nightclub? Where-ever it is the chances are they will be serving alcohol, even if its not the ‘main attraction’.
In recent times, we have seen societies ideals about what we drink, where we drink and how we drink changing. Gone are the days where the only non- alcoholic option was a branded soft drink, or at least it’s getting there!
Now more than ever, people are very conscious of what they put into their bodies. A trend towards a “healthier lifestye” of reduced meat, vegetarian and vegan diets are on the rise. As well as increasing lean towards abstinence from alcohol. Of course this doesn’t mean that healthy people don’t drink, but as a whole people are thinking more about how much and how often they consume alcohol.
Additionally, *the ‘Hipster’ movement has had a massive effect on this movement. This alternative subculture started a backlash against generic mainstream pubs, restaurants and coffee shops. Instigated a wave of independent venues, whose main objective was to provide a different style. Offering less choice but better quality, we can now see many more wine bars, craft beer breweries, artisan bakers and coffee shops.
With the lean towards quality not quantity, people are happier to pay more for a premium product, rather than drinking just to enjoy the after effects.
We believe that as an industry we have a responsibility to create an environment where it is ok not to drink alcohol by providing exciting and interesting alternatives.
So, what does this mean for Tapas?
With all this in mind, we have developed a new refreshing alcohol free menu. We want to offer something a bit different, that is not only refreshing and tasty, but offers interesting flavour combinations. We have put as much effort into creating this menu as we did our house cocktails menu. Combining interesting ingredients and flavours and offering a choice!
Firstly, we have a selection of homemade lemonades, the classic, a basil lemonade, pink grapefruit and finally a rosemary lemonade. These refreshing drinks are prepared in house by infusing our own cordials, by including the lemon zest these lemonades pack a punch.
Next, we have our selection of homemade iced teas. These teas are all cold brewed in house. By cold brewing them they don’t have tanins that can cause them to be bitter, so they naturally need less sugar making them much healthy than their commercial counterparts.
Finally we have our zero alcohol cocktails. Rather than just preparing the usual classic cocktail without alcohol, we created some drinks focused on creating a well rounded cocktail, that just happens to be non alcoholic.
We really look forward to hearing your feedback, we are really proud of this menu, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it for you.
We are super excited that we have made it to this point where we can finally announce our opening. At one point it seemed like a distant dream. But we have ridden it out here on our little island, and are thrilled that we are coming out the other side of these strange times.
As much as no one really knows what the Ibizan Summer Season holds this year, we are excited to embrace whatever changed are enforced upon us. Nothing like a new set of rules to mix things up a bit and keep us on our toes. Every few years there seems to be a shift of sorts, and people, and businesses have to adjust how they do things.. it’s evolution, and who knows life could be even better within our “new normal”, whichever way, we are excited to find out.
So this summer, things will be a bit different to start with, rest assured we will be adhering to the new government guidelines. But one thing we can guarantee, is the same top quality food, drinks and service.
Our wonderful Bar Manager has been getting us all tipsy testing some amazing new cocktails for our 2020 House Cocktails list. Additionally, we have an ALL NEW non alcoholic drinks menu including some homemade lemonades, iced teas and sangrias.
Our beautiful hidden gem of a garden, will be adorned with fairy lights as usual for evening drinks and snack, you can also enjoy our sharing boards and desserts in there.
As usual, we have tweaked our menu for the 2020 season, to offer some exciting new treats for you all. Over the next few weeks we will be introducing a few of our new dishes on our specials board, for a sneak preview of what is to come. We can’t wait for you to try some new tapas dishes, desserts, and the usual classic.
We can’t wait to get stuck into the new season and see what it offers, and we are really look forward to seeing you all soon.
Bex, Tony, Glyn, & Team Tapas