This one came from a glut of mandarins at home – we bought a bag two weeks in a row and were a little slow in eating them, ending up with a surplus that had to be used quickly. Using the basic agua fresca approach detailed at https://www.mistressofmocktails.com/agua-fresca/, the ingredients were simply mandarins, water, agave syrup, lime – and I try to have limes around whenever I can.
Too nice to have alone, this is a recipe for 2.
Reserve 2 mandarin segments as a garnish
4 medium mandarins – enough to make 2 cupfuls
2 cups water
2 tspn agave syrup
1 lime, juiced
Blend the fruit, water and sweetener
Sieve, if it looks too pulpy (I didn’t)
Test for sweetness first and adjust if necessary
Server over ice.
Keywords: mocktail, mandarin, agua fresca
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Here are the starting ingredients:
I used the glass I was serving in, as the measure for how many mandarins were required.
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.
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
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.
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