Oh, this was a bit awesome. The only problem was that it was too small – I wanted another one straight away. The official recipe is at https://lyres.com.au/recipes/non-alcoholic-amaretto-sour-mocktail. As usual I substituted sugar syrup for agave syrup, as I always have agave syrup in the cupboard. And used an egg white, which meant I had an egg yolk loitering in the fridge, after I forgot to make lemon curd with the leftovers.
This is truly a pleasure to drink. Picture yourself in a dusky bar, sipping elegantly from a delicious pre-dinner drink. The almond taste from the amaretti makes it just that bit unusual.
A defacto rum-and-coke from Lyre’s.
I’ve never actually been a rum-and-coke person, so this made me feel like I was at uni having a drink with the engineering guys, instead of my native IT guys (who were more into wine and cheese nights).
The traditional Negroni is an Italian cocktail made of one part gin, one part vermouth rosso and one part campari, garnished with orange peel. Traditionally stirred, not shaken, and built over ice.
The Lyre’s Rosa Negroni varies the proportions to favour the piquant orange flavour. And true-to-form, is stirred, not shaken. Lyre’s products are non-alcoholic alternatives to traditional spirits.
Without easy access to my measuring tool, I used the slightly larger lid of my cocktail shaker, pretending it was 15ml. It was larger. Which meant I ended up with a nice large drink, and depleted supplies. Shucks.
Worth it. Lovely, refreshing, exotic.
45mL Lyre’s Italian Spritz
15mL Lyre’s Dry London Spirit
30mL Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso
4 fresh raspberries
Add liquids to glass.
Top with ice.
Garnish with lemon and rosemary.
Keywords: negroni, rosa negroni, gin, rosso, spritz
I started this site after being diagnosed with breast cancer. The morning after the operation when I mentioned celebrating with champagne, they stopped me flat and said – “alcohol is a risk factor”.
I do still enjoy the odd glass of champagne to be honest, feeling a little guilty each time, although a lime and soda is actually much more refreshing, cheaper, and so much better for your health. And we do have a few bottles of wine and beer at home for special occasions and to offer guests.
This week I’m celebrating reaching 5 years cancer-free, and it’s time to give back and raise some funds for cancer with Dry July.
It’s easy to be tempted, so the best way to stay on the wagon is to be prepared.
Make it easy to grab the non-alcoholic option each day. Stock your fridge and cupboards with the tools and ingredients to make a quick, simple mocktail at the drop of a hat. Or make it a special occasion and prepare some frozen ice cubes with flowers for decorating,
Here are my tips on preparing for Dry July:
Get a Sodastream, and have a spare refill.
Stock up on unusual cordials. Woolworths has lovely ones: elderflower, ginger, lemon barley, lime, lemongrass, pink grapefruit, raspberry. Go crazy here. My favourite is elderflower and rose.
Frozen fruit. Particularly raspberries and blueberries and strawberries, the most perfect fruits on earth. These are great for muddling, garnishing, blending.
Fresh fruit – oranges, limes, lemons. Lime is the perfect alternative to alcohol – slightly tart, refreshing, exotic. Lime forms the basis for a gazillion mocktails and makes a beautiful garnish. Ditto strawberries. You’ll never have enough limes and strawberries. Plant some. My lime tree is too young, but my strawberry plants are just coming to fruit now.
Sweeteners. Sugar has a bad name, and so many mocktails use sugar syrup as a basis. For impulse mocktails I generally use agave syrup instead of making a batch of sugar syrup and waiting for it to cool. But for a whole month of Dry July, you’ll need to have a batch of sugar syrup in the fridge, or an alternative.
Plan your mocktail recipes. As mentioned, many of them use sugar syrups as the basis. When you start wallowing in recipes, you’ll find a large number of sugar syrup variations that you’ll want to make up front and store (labelled) in the fridge: rosemary sugar syrup, basil sugar syrup, ginger sugar syrup.
A blender. I’ve been living in a tiny house and technically a blender wasn’t supposed to be part of the necessities. But it’s at the back of the cupboard and waiting to be unpacked. Seriously, try the Liquid Love frozen strawberry mocktail if you’ve got a blender.
Non-alcoholic champagne. As a life-long Woolies shopper, I’ve been fond of Edenvale’s sparkling offerings.
Non-alcoholic gin. I’ve been pretty happy with Seedlip G&Ts, but am currently waiting for the Lyre’s range to arrive. Their recipes look awesome.
Freeze some ice cube trays. Stick a few flowers inside.
Seriously plan your mocktails, to make sure you have the ingredients ready. It can be annoying when you find the perfect recipe and discover at the last minute that you don’t have all the ingredients.
Now that we’re rural, we only go down the “mountain” to the shops once a week, so we can’t pop in for some last-minute limes or a fancy garnish. I’m hoping my garden mint, basil and rosemary will help me out here.
Mistress of Mocktails is all about having fun with non-alcoholic cocktails. Whether you're trying to quit alcohol, don't like the taste, trying to be healthier, or just feel like something fancy - hopefully there's a recipe for you :)