Reviews

“Our meal was accompanied with Temperance Cocktails. Didn’t know it was possible to make a non-alcoholic drink taste that way. I tried Chapter Two (absolute favourite) and Community Garden. Both fantastic.” – Full post

Toronto Food

“Whatever the reason Torontonians choose not to consume alcohol, Temperance Cocktails is looking to diversify the options for non-drinkers with their own extensive range of booze-free bevvies. The project is primarily the brainchild of craft cocktail artisan Haritha Gnanaratna, and was inspired by creating cocktails for feminist partner and lifelong non-drinker Audra Williams.” – Full article

Amy Carlberg – BlogTO

“Temperance Cocktails, which come in four flavours and cost $5 each, could easily pass for real cocktails both in terms of appearance and taste. They’re natural-tasting and complex and boast a pretty serious depth of flavour. Their True Terroir, for example, is a rich and spicy smoke bomb, that you might imagine had a base of peaty Islay whisky in it (it’s actually tea). Another, Chapter Two, is a fizzy, fresh and perfectly-acidic drink—perfect for summer refreshment.” – Full article

Christine Sismondo – Toronto Star

“While Park Day is lemonade-like, Chapter Two combines ingredients like jasmine tea, lemon oil, rice vinegar and lychee. Other unique ingredients can be found in True Terroir, which boasts a lapsang souchong tea base that’s comparable to a peaty whisky, as well as Community Garden, which is floral, sweet and dry thanks to the use of hibiscus, rosebud, verjus rouge and blackcurrant.” – Full article.

Laura McQuarrie – Trend Hunter

“We’ve had them at our last couple events and they’ve been incredible every time, highly recommended!”

Stefan Hostetter, Centre for Social Innovation

“These delicious drinks offer wonderful options for those who don’t wish to consume alcohol! Haritha is an amazing mixologist and brings fun and experimentation to his fabulous creations!”

Denise Soueidan-O’Leary, the Lansdowne Cone

“I’m amazed at the quality of service provided by the Temperance team, and highly recommend them for any of your events.”

Adil Dhalla, Centre for Social Innovation

“Temperance cocktails are a dream to work with, matching heart with attention to detail and professionalization to create complex and compelling NA cocktails and fill an important gap in the city!”

Justina Zatzman, Workman Arts

Excerpted quote from interview with Haritha: “Toronto is a very multicultural city. We have a high Muslim population, for example. That community is not considered when mainstream establishments are creating their menus. At the same time, a while back turmeric was huge in cocktails and beverages. It was such a hot item that everyone was using it; bartenders didn’t want to be left out of the big thing, but they were completely ignoring the fact that turmeric doesn’t actually go with everything. But you might not have any intuition for that if it’s not a flavour you grew up with, and for most of the top bartenders in the city, it wouldn’t be. People who have been marginalized because of their race and culture have also been shut out of a lot of those high-profile positions.” – Full article

Kirthan Aujlay – She Does the City