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Where to drink mocktails this Dry July

This year on Dry July, skip the booze hit the Australian Bitters mocktails at these Sydney bars and restaurants

Photograph: Derek Simpson

When you're off the sauce a lemon, lime and bitters is often the go-to choice for a non-alcoholic drink. But there's a lot more you can do with the average ingredients behind a bar, and Sydney is certainly not short of top notch spots willing to whip up an ace booze-free mocktail. Australian Bitters has teamed up with the Dry July Foundation this winter to make Dry July a little more delicious. They've collaborated with bartenders from the city's top bars and restaurants to come up with fresh new concoctions that will change the way you think about alcohol-free drinks.

Want to master the mocktail? Here's a set of recipes you can try at home, or if you'd rather leave the shaking and stirring to the experts, try them in situ. 

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1

Café del Mar

La Passionata
Ingredients
- 60ml orange juice
- 30ml pineapple juice
- 3 dashes Australian Bitters
- 2 drops of orange blossom water
- 2 spoons of passionfruit pulp
- 2 spoons of rock candy syrup

Method:
Shake with ice and pour it into glass. Garnish with sprig of mint

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Darling Harbour
2

The Fiddler Hotel

Bittered Strawberry Pavlova

Ingredients:
- 3 bar spoons of Bittered Strawberry puree (fresh strawberries, sugar syrup, lime juice, Australian Bitters)
- 2 bar spoons of Spiced apple puree (granny smith apples, cloves, star anise, cinnamon, red wine, sugar)
- 1 bar spoon passionfruit pulp
- 90ml orange juice
- 30ml apple Juice
- Squeeze of fresh lime juice
- 3 dashes of Australian Bitters
- 5ml of fresh cream

Method:
Shake all ingredients, strain into chilled Martini glass.

For Desert:
Spiced apple puree, passionfruit puree, bittered strawberry puree all  decorated on plate. Place 1 meringue on plate, top with fresh cream and a strawberries.

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Western Sydney
3

Hunter Gatherer

Make Good Choices
Ingredients
- 30ml pineapple vinegar
- 15ml ginger syrup
- 20ml lemon juice
- dash of egg white
- 3 dashes Australian Bitters Co bitters

To Serve
Shake with ice and double strain over ice into a tall glass.

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North Sydney
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4

Opera Bar

Tropic Fun
Ingredients
- Muddled lime and lychee
- Fresh passionfruit pulp
- Fresh Mango juice
- Fresh Orange juice
- Fresh Pineapple juice
- 3 dashes Australian Bitters Co bitters

To Serve
Shake and strain into a tall Winchester glass. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and fruit.

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Sydney
5

Papa Gede's

Keeping up Appearances
Ingredients
- 90ml fresh sweet imperial mandarin juice
- 30ml house made clove syrup
- Small barspoon of lime marmalade
- 5 Dashes Australian Bitters
- Dash of egg white
- Fresh lime juice to balance

To Serve
Dry shake and then shake with ice and double strain over ice into a tall glass. Garnish with a piece of mandarin studded with cloves.

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Sydney
6

Pocket Bar

Faded in Barbados
Ingredients
- 75ml fresh pineapple juice
- 20ml fresh lemon juice
- 5ml fresh ginger juice
- 15ml orgeat syrup
- 1 whole cherry (muddled)
- 2 dashes Australian Bitters

To serve
Shake and strain into a highball glass
 and garnish with a dehydrated pineapple segment and an Australian Bitters mist.

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Darlinghurst
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7

Stitch Bar

Good Guy Shandy
- 40ml ruby red grapefruit juice
- 40ml sarsaparilla and honey mix
- 20ml spiced lager reduction (no alcohol)
- 60ml Wattleseed soda
- Egg whites
- 5 dashes Australian Bitters (4 in the drink + 1 on top)

To serve
Pour into a conical beer glass. Garnish with one drop of Australian Bitters and serve with spiced bar nuts. 

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Sydney
8

Tetsuya's

Fig Fall
Ingredients
- 120ml bio-dynamic pear juice
- 15ml lime juice
- 10ml Gomme (sugar syrup)
- 20 grams house-made fig paste
- 4 dashes Australian Bitters Co bitters
- Egg white
- Shaved orange peel and fresh ginger

To Serve
Garnish with dehydrated Bosc pear and orange peel.

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Sydney
9

Vasco

Shake & Break
Ingredients
- 3 dashes Australian bitters
- 2 barspoons of banana protein powder
- 2 barspoons of yuzu juice
- 2 barspoons vanilla
- 3 fresh raspberries
- 15ml Water

To Serve
Place ingredients into a magic bullet and mix. Serve in a coup glass and decorate with fresh raspberries and two dashes of Australian Bitters for aroma.

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Surry Hills
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10

Cookies

Bittersweet
Ingredients
-1 teaspoon brown sugar
-1/2 a lime
-2 dashes Australia Bitters
-8 mint leaves
-60 mls of fresh pineapple juice 
-Cascade Ginger Beer 

Muddle the limes, mint, sugar and bitters . Add pineapple juice and shake. Pour it all into a hurricane glass and top with ginger beer. 

Garnish with sprig of mint and lime wheel.

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11

Diggers at the Entrance

Berry Faux-jito

Ingredients:
- 4 dashes Australian Bitters
- Mixed fresh berries
- 120ml apple juice
- Fresh mint
- 30ml simple syrup
- 10ml raspberry syrup

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with a large scoop of ice. Shake vigorously until shaker has iced over. Double strain into martini glass and garnish with maraschino cherry and mint leaf.

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12

Ramblin Rascal

Whistlin' Past the Graveyard

Ingredients:
- PS40 smoked lemon syrup charged into a soda
- 2 dashes Australian Bitters
- 3 dashes Australian Bitters Grapefruit 
- 1/2 lime squeezed

Built and served in a Antique milk shake glass.

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13

Queen's Wharf Hotel

Christmas in July

Ingredients:
-30 ml spiced cherry juice (house made)
-30 ml cloudy apple juice (golburnvalle)
-30 ml orange juice (golburnvalley)
-5 dashes Australian Bitters

Cold method
Ice the glass 

Rim glass with orange peel. Add all ingredients together over Ice and hard shake then double strain in a ballon glass. Serve with orange peel and cherry.

Hot method
Place all ingredients in a sauce pan or double boiler, heat and serve in a suitable glass. Garnish with cinnamon and orange peel.

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14

Camperdown Hotel

Ginger Beer Old Fashioned

Ingredients
- 4 lime wedges
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 dashes Australian Bitters

Method:
- In a high ball glass muddle lime, sugar and 2 dashes of Australian Bitters.
- Add ice and stir. Top with Cascade Ginger Beer and garnish with a mint Sprig.

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15

The Grandstand Sports Bar

Spiced Bitters
Ingredients:
- 4 dashes Australian Bitters
- Fresh Pineapple juice
- Touch of chilli
- Cinnamon stick
- Soda water

Method:
Line the glass with bitters
Add pineapple juice, hint of chilli and cinnamon stick. Top with soda.

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16

PS40

Smoked LLAB

Ingredients:
- 20mls of PS Smoked
- Lemonade syrup
- 80mls of soda water
- 10mls of fresh lime juice
- 4 dashes Australian Bitters

Method:
Built in a highball over ice. Garnished with a rosemary sprig and lemon wedge.

 

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17

Toko

Kumquat Swizzle
Ingredients:
- 15ml Australian Bitters
- 60ml Coco Lopez
15ml burnt rice spiked Falernum
- 3 kumquats sliced
- 2 drops pink grapefruit essence

Method:
Churn with crushed ice. Garnish with m
int sprig and sliced kumquat.

 

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