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10 Mocktail Recipes To Help You Survive Dry July

The month doesn't have to be boring.

01/07/2016 2:22 PM AEST | Updated July 15, 2016 12:56
Public House Management Group
Doing Dry July will help raise cancer funds and boost your health.

Yep, it's that time of the year again. The time where we do our bodies a solid, refrain from having a few too many and become that person who says no to amazing, inviting cocktails and beers when we're out. Sigh.

On the massive plus side, by going booze-free for the month you can raise funds for people affected by cancer. It's also a great opportunity for us to take a look at our drinking habits and make some healthy changes.

BUT, Dry July just has to be dry -- not boring.


Enter these magical mocktails of all flavours and colours. From lychee mojitos to grape fruit bitters, these recipes will have you forgetting about booze completely (okay, maybe just a little bit).

The key to the best mocktails?

"Fresh is always best," Kurtis Bosley, Group Mixologist at Public House Management Group, told The Huffington Post Australia.

Whether that's the mint leaves or the lychees you're using, Bosley recommends using fresh ingredients to give your mocktails a punch of flavour (and to help mimic that alcoholic sensation you will most likely crave).

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1. Lychee mojito


By Kurtis Bosley, Group Mixologist at Public House Management Group.

INGREDIENTS

  • 30ml lychee syrup
  • 30ml lime
  • Mint leaves
  • 15ml simple syrup
  • Soda water

METHOD

Place first four ingredients into cocktail shaker and mix well. Pour into a glass and top with soda water. Garnish with mint and lychees on a skewer.

Public House Management Group
This sweet, zesty and minty refreshment will help make this dry month bearable.

2. Strawberry Daiquiri


By Kurtis Bosley, Group Mixologist at Public House Management Group.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 muddled strawberries
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • ½ fresh passionfruit
  • Lemonade, to top

METHOD

Place first three ingredients into cocktail shaker and mix well. Pour into a glass and top with lemonade. Garnish with strawberries and blueberries on a stick.

Public House Management Group
Roping in your friends to do Dry July with you is an excellent idea.

3. Smoked LLAB


By PS40, Sydney.

INGREDIENTS

  • 20ml of PS Smoked Lemonade syrup
  • 80ml of soda water
  • 10ml of fresh lime juice
  • 4 dashes of Australian Aromatic Bitters
  • Rosemary sprig and lemon wedge, to garnish

METHOD

Build in a highball over ice. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and lemon wedge.

PS40
This smoky take on a lemon lime bitters is delicious.

4. Fig fall

By Tetsuyas Restauant, Sydney.

INGREDIENTS

  • 120ml bio-dynamic pear juice
  • 15ml lime juice
  • 10ml gomme (sugar syrup)
  • 20g house-made fig paste
  • Australian Bitters Aromatic Bitters
  • 1 egg white, well shaken
  • Shaved orange peel and ginger, to garnish

METHOD

Build over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with dehydrated Bosc pear and orange peel.

Tetsuyas Restauant
This is a delightful winter mocktail, with the orange peel adding a zesty twist.

5. The bitter end


By The Carlise Wine Bar, Balaclava, Victoria.

INGREDIENTS

Sugar syrup ingredients:

  • 240g castor sugar
  • 500ml filtered water
  • 1 orange quartered and burned on chargrill
  • 1 red chilli burned on chargrill

Place all ingredients in a pan on medium-low heat and reduce by one-third.

Mocktail ingredients:

  • 60ml fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 30ml sugar syrup
  • 4 dashes Australian Bitters
  • Stick of rosemary

METHOD

Place fresh pink grapefruit juice into a mocktail shaker, add sugar syrup and Australian Bitters. Grab a brandy glass and burn a two inch stick of rosemary, capture the smoke and place a glass upside down on a napkin. Turn over the glass and add one large cube of ice. Pour over the mix from the shaker into the glass and garnish with rosemary.

The Carlisle Wine Bar
With its smoky rosemary element, this is one to impress the crowd.

6. Citrus anemone


By Madame Brussels, Melbourne.

INGREDIENTS

  • 60ml fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 30ml house-made persimmon shrub syrup (pulped persimmons, sugar and white vinegar)
  • 10ml Australian Bitters
  • 10ml fresh lime juice
  • 10ml orgeat syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • Soda water
  • Lime

METHOD

Build the ingredients into a highball. Now add 50ml of soda water, allow to combine, then fill with ice and stir. Cut open a finger lime and expel the globules into the drink to garnish. It's nature's bubble tea!

Madam Brussels
This fresh, bubbly mocktail is all about celebrating citrus.

7. The Aussie St Clements


By The Boulevard, Perth.

INGREDIENTS

  • 60 ml fresh orange juice
  • 3 dashes Australian Bitters
  • Top with tonic water
  • Sugar syrup to taste
  • Orange wedge and lemon myrtle leaf, to garnish

METHOD

Build in tall glass over ice, and garnish with orange wedge and lemon myrtle leaf.

The Boulevard
Simple and fresh.

8. Kiwi pear refresher


By SodaStream.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 litre sparkling water
  • 1 pear, sliced
  • 2 kiwis, sliced thinly
  • 2 limes, quartered
  • 1 tsp stevia extract
  • Mint, to garnish

METHOD

Prepare sparkling water: Fizz one litre of cold fresh water. Squeeze juice from limes into a blender. Halve kiwi fruit and spoon out flesh, chop and add to blender. Add sliced pear, stevia, ice and sparkling water to blender. Blend, pour into glasses and garnish with mint.

SodaStream
This refresher is a perfect mix of zest and sweet.

9. Lemon mint berry blast


By SodaStream.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Litre sparkling water
  • Mint leaves
  • ½ lemon, sliced
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • 6 strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • ½ cup blackberries
  • Ice

METHOD

Prepare sparkling water: Fizz one litre of cold fresh water. Gently muddle mint, lemon and berries together in a jug. Add ice, pour sparking water over the top and stir gently. Serve in glasses with lemon, ice and mint to garnish.

Joshua Resnick -- Fotolia
This vibrant concoction is berry delicious.

10. Green tea mockito


By SodaStream.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 litre sparkling water
  • 50ml brewed and cooled green tea
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 5 large mint leaves
  • 2 tsp sugar ice

METHOD

Prepare sparkling water: Fizz one litre of cold fresh water. Muddle the lime juice, mint and sugar together in a tall glass until the leaves bruise lightly and the flavours release. Add ice until glass is about ¾ full and then pour in green tea. Top with sparkling water and garnish with mint. Stir thoroughly and enjoy!

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