Amaretto Sour

Amaretto Sour

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amaretto sour

Amaretto Sour

  • Author: mistressofmocktails
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: beverage, mocktail
  • Method: shake
  • Cuisine: Australian

Description

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.


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Ingredients

  • 5mL Lyre’s Amaretti
  • 15mL lemon juice
  • 5mL agave syrup
  • 10mL egg white
  • 3 dashes aromatic bitters

Instructions

  • Pour all ingredients into your cocktail shaker.
  • Add ice and shake until frothy.
  • Pour strained mocktail over fresh ice in a glass.

Keywords: amaretto sour, almond, egg white

Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

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Cuba Libre

  • Author: mistressofmocktails
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: 2 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: beverage, mocktail
  • Method: stir
  • Cuisine: Australian

Description

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).

It’s easy to make, which is half the battle when you’re looking for a quick mocktail.
I did add the slice of lime, to make it more cocktail-y, but it disappeared in the night. It should look like https://lyres.com.au/recipes/non-alcoholic-cuba-libre-mocktail-recipe. 


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Ingredients

  • 60mL Lyre’s Dark Cane Spirit
  • 15mL lime juice
  • 90mL coca-cola

Instructions

  • Add dark cane spirit, lime juice and coca-cola to a highball glass.
  • Fill with ice.
  • Garnish with slice of lime.

Keywords: cuba libra, rum and coke, non alcoholic

Rosa Negroni

Rosa Negroni

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Rosa Negroni

  • Author: mistressofmocktails
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: 2 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: beverage, mocktail
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: Australian

Description

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.


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Ingredients

  • 45mL Lyre’s Italian Spritz
  • 15mL Lyre’s Dry London Spirit
  • 30mL Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso
  • 4 fresh raspberries

Instructions

  • Add liquids to glass.
  • Top with ice.
  • Stir.
  • Garnish with lemon and rosemary.

Keywords: negroni, rosa negroni, gin, rosso, spritz

Strawberry Basil Mocktail

Strawberry Basil Mocktail

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Strawberry Basil Mocktail

  • Author: mistressofmocktails
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: beverage, mocktail
  • Method: muddle, shake
  • Cuisine: Australian

Description

This was born of a need to use up the ageing strawberries in the fridge, plus whatever was growing in the garden.  Found a recipe at https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/strawberry-basil-mocktail/ and adapted it in the laziest possible manner.

Delightfully refreshing, the lemon, sugar, strawberry and basil all work together well, especially when well-chilled after shaking.


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Ingredients

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 strawberries
  • handful of basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • soda water
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  • Muddle the strawberries, basil, and sugar at the bottom of your shaker.
  • Add lemon juice and ice and shake until chilled.
  • Half-fill glasses with ice
  • Strain into glass
  • Garnish with a slice of strawberry and basil leaf

 


Keywords: basil strawberry mocktail

Mocktails in the tiny are always romantic 🙂

Preparing for Dry July with mocktails

Preparing for Dry July with mocktails

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.

Go on. It’s a good cause. https://www.dryjuly.com/

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