Taking a Break from Booze? Best Mocktails for Dry July
Cutting out alcohol...#dryjuly? To stop the inevitable fomo, get creative with your mocktail order. Sydney’s bartenders and mixologists are getting more and more inventive, coming up with drinks so delicious, you won’t even realise they’re virgin. Here, we round up the bars and restaurants that have mastered the mocktail.
Do you like bitter cocktails? Then you’ll love Bloodwood’s booze-free take on the Negroni. With housemade chinotto syrup, non-alcoholic red and white wine, star anise, cinnamon and soda, it’s so good, your friends will be begging for a taste. The spicy Ginger Smash (apple, ginger, mint and ginger beer) and Wimbledon (beetroot, ginger ale, mint and cucumber) are also great options.
416 King Street, Newtown
The famously rustic café has just opened its second outpost in the city, with plenty of options for non-drinkers. Sip on the refreshing Housemade Soda (lemonade, ginger and lime, lychee and rose), or if the weather’s chilly, opt for the deconstructed mocha or deconstructed hot chocolate. So hip it hurts.
500 George Street, Sydney
It may specialise in vermouth, but Barangaroo’s Banksii does a mean mocktail. They serve up a range of virgin spritz's featuring delicious flavours like pomegranate tea, citrus and soda and elderflower, grapefruit and soda for those laying off the booze. Trust us, with a drink this delectable, you won’t be missing out.
1/33 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
In Surry Hills, everyone’s favourite Middle Eastern restaurant has aced their mocktail menu. There’s the Pomegranate and Cinnamon Soda, and the Nomadic Iced Tea, made up of lemon, pomegranate, grapefruit or vanilla. Our pick? The Hibiscus and Yuzu
16 Foster Street, Surry Hills
While enjoying Catalina’s million-dollar view of the harbour, sip on one of their delicious mocktails. The Sunset – freshly squeezed orange juice, muddled strawberries and cranberry juice – tastes like summer, as does the Apple and Lychee, with lychees, apples, apple juice and ginger ale.
Lyne Park, Rose Bay
For really, really good Greek food, book a table at 1821 in the city. When you’re there, treat yourself to the IRIS God of The Rainbow Mocktail, a mix of fresh raspberries, lime, cranberry and agave. The 1821 mojito is just as good, mixing apple juice, lime, vanilla sugar and mint.
122 Pitt Street, Sydney
Over in Circular Quay, the Meat and Wine Co is known for its steaks, but the mocktail lists also deserves a mention. The Greener Pastures contains fresh lime, mint, blood orange, orange bitters and soda. Then there’s the Pineapple Express: pineapple, apple and orange juice with cinnamon and a dash of orange bitters. Yum.
Intercontinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney
This cocktail bar in the heart of the city creates their own in-house PS sodas. All the sodas are handmade with natural, local and native ingredients with no preservatives. Winning. For an Aussie feel try their Bush Tonic with red Peruvian quinine extract, lemon and lime zests, native lemongrass and lemon myrtle.
Shop 2, 40 King Street, Sydney
The Paddington’s delicious line-up of cocktails aside, the bartenders here know how to mix up some seriously mouthwatering mocktails. For a fresh and fruity drop try the Apple with Seedlip Garden 108, mint, lemon, and apple. Something gingery? Opt for the Ginger with Seedlip Spice 94, pineapple, almond lime, and ginger.
384 Oxford Street, Paddington
A lush tropical oasis in the heart of Bondi, Upper East Side Bondi is the place to be. Alcohol aside, their mocktails will have you feeling like you’re on holiday. Try the Tropic Plunder with pineapple, passionfruit, lime, falernum and grenadine. Feeling like a spritz? The Lychee Mint Spritz topped with lime and lemonade has got you covered.
14-16 O'Brien Street, Bondi
Equal parts cocktail bar and Asian eatery, China Diner will serve you well in Dry July 2018 with their delicious mocktails. Indulge in their lunch banquet and try their alcohol-free Aloe and Ginger Fizz with aloe vera, apple, Kaffir lime and ginger. For elderflower fans, try the Jasmine and Elderflower Iced-T topped with cranberries, lemon and mint.
Bondi and Double Bay
This charming little speakeasy in Paddington is all about quality produce, and boy does their mocktail offering fit the brief. The team has partnered with non-alcoholic spirit brand Seedlip to create two variations of the Garden 108; one with wakame and verjus and the other with tonic water and snap peas.
Basement, 380 Oxford Street, Paddington
This lush restaurant screams chic – from the gorgeous gardens and fitout to the clientele. The mocktail list is no exception. When it’s your turn to order, ask for the Spice Martini with Seedlip Spice 94 with Kaffir lime, lemongrass and olive brine, and don’t be surprised when you realise you’re up to your third.
65 Ocean Street, Woollahra
Darling Harbour's grill, wok and wine destination The Ternary has your alcohol-free needs covered. Throughout July they will be serving up their Blueberry Honey Mojito with blueberries, lime juice, mint, honey and club soda. Delicious and fruity, just how we like them!
100 Murray St, Pyrmont
For those who love fine poultry and liquor but are abstaining from the latter, Pyrmont's Whirly Bird is serving up a teetotaler special for Dry July. The Seedlip Garden with citrus, pink grapefruit, peppercorn syrup, hibiscus kombucha and rosemary is as sophisticated as they come.
84 Union St, Pyrmont