I’ll never win awards for my presentation – but I’ll have fun and a lovely taste in my mouth, and that’s what really matters.
This one wins for convenience – if you’ve got a stash of some Lyres non-alcoholic Classico (prosecco) cans and Lyre’s Italian Spritz in the cupboard, all you need to do is remember to put the Classico in the fridge. Can’t hurt to have an orange for garnishing, as well. Next time.
The offical proportions at https://lyres.com.au/recipes/non-alcoholic-aperol-spritz-mocktail-recipe are as per traditional spritzes – equal parts prosecco and spritz, with soda water for additional fizz:
60mL Lyre’s Italian Spritz
60mL Lyre’s Classico (a homage to prosecco)
30mL premium bottled soda water
I lean towards more prosecco and general laziness, so I used:
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).
This was nice. Sweet, gently tart, fizzy. I had ordered it from https://www.woodlane.com.au/products but it looks like they rebuilt their website and you have to find a local stockist. Somehow. It’s handy to have around, but it wasn’t really exciting. Just a nice, gentle, Aussie native mocktail.
This is so addictive. Pink grapefruit cordial mixed with soda water, it’s the perfect pre-dinner drink. Just get some.
Woolworths, Coles and specialty stores all now have fantastic ranges of fruit cordials these days. I started taking cordials seriously after discovering a ginger and rhubarb cordial at an exotic deli in Crows Nest and then discovered the pleasures of elderflower and pomegranate cordial from Woolies. Discovering this pink grapefruit flavour was a happy day, as I’ve always loved pink grapefruit, since having a tree in the backyard growing up. Heavenly!
Bickfords pink grapefruit cordial
Garnish with slice of pink grapefruit and sugar-rimmed glass
Decorate the glass by pressing the rim of the glass into your grapefruit to wet it (or a lemon, or water, if you don’t have one)
Then press the rim into a plate of sugar, to make pretty
Fill glass halfway with ice cubes
Prepare your soda water – either bottled, or fizz it in a sodastream
Add cordial and soda water to taste – roughly 1 part cordial to 4 parts water
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 :)