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From mulled wine to espresso martinis: 5 non-alcoholic recipes for Dry July.

July is objectively a great time to stay at home and get creative in the alcohol-free cocktail department. 

Whether you're in lockdown or dabbling in Dry July, you're probably perusing the web for the best recipes. Well, I have one requirement of you: Pull up a chair, my friends.

I've been sober for one and a half years now and so I've tasted my fair share of booze-free drinks, and let me tell you - there's a large range of recipes out there that just don't cut it. 

They can leave you feeling like you're better off just having water. And no one actually likes drinking water. 

But when you find a great recipe and successfully execute it, well, it can feel magical. You feel like some master mixologist who has found the key to teetotaling in style. 

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Key criteria for an exceptional alcohol-free bev (in my opinion) are as follows:

1) Must taste like a real cocktail. No spruced-up-soft-drink imposters allowed. I want to feel like I'm drinking the real deal, PLOISE. 

2) Must not be tricky to make. Max four or five main ingredients.

3) Must not include 'fruit juice' as an ingredient. I mean, juice-based mocktails have their place. It's just not... here. It's on the kids' menu at a beachside resort pool bar. 

And with those golden rules in mind, I've decided to taste-test my way through the first part of Sydney's lockdown to bring you four great recipes that hit the brief.

1. Espresso Martini

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What you'll need:

Ingredients:

To garnish:

  • Coffee bean or grated chocolate

Glass:

  • Martini Glass like this one from Luigi Bormioli

Method:

1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake. 

2. Half fill the shaker with ice and shake again - hard and briefly. 

3. Finely strain into your glass and top with a coffee bean or grated chocolate. 

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2. Mulled Wine

What you'll need:

  • 1 bottle of your favourite alcohol-free red wine (I used Plus Minus Pinot Noir)
  • 1 orange, cut into slices
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise
  • 1/4 cup of honey

Glass:

  • A stemless wine glass like this one from Krosno or a mug like this one from Salt&Pepper

Method:

1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. 

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2. Bring to a simmer then turn heat down to low for 10 minutes. 

3. Serve warm with a few of the orange slices and a cinnamon stick.


3. Winter Cup (A Winter Pimm's Cup alternative)

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What you'll need:

To garnish:

  • Seasonal fruit
  • Sage leaf

Glass:

  • A vintage-style glass like this one from Luigi Bormioli

Method:

1. Combine the first three ingredients in a glass with ice. 

2. Fill the rest of the glass with ginger beer.

3. Stir to combine and garnish with slices of fruits like pear, strawberry or fig. Top with a sage leaf.

4. Amalfi Spritz (An Aperol Spritz alternative)

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What you'll need:

  • 60mL Lyre's Italian Spritz 
  • 60mL Lyre's Classico (a non-alcoholic Prosecco alternative)
  • 30mL soda water (or to taste)

Garnish:

  • Orange slices

Glass:

  • A Spritz glass like this one from Luigi Bormioli 

 

Method

1. Add all ingredients into a glass and stir. 

2. Add ice and garnish with some orange slices. 

5. Chelada

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What you'll need:

Glass:

Tall glass or schooner

Method:

1. Rub lime juice on the rim of a large, tall glass and salt the rim or use Tajin. 

2. Add the lime juice. 

3. Fill the glass with ice and pour in the beer and stir gently.

Have any good non-alcoholic recommendations? Let me know in the comment section below!

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