Mocktail hour: zero per cent tipples to try

Whether you’ve decided to quit drinking for the month or are just dialling back your consumption, the no-booze spirits in these recipes prove that alcohol-free cocktails can still pack a punch.

Maison Balzac CouCou Jug in Amber and Luigi Bormioli Top Class All Purpose Tumbler (part of a set of 6).

Ruby-thyme citrus spritz

A drink made and served in a tall jug is the very picture of hospitality, perfect for entertaining guests. Ruby grapefruit juice is slightly sweeter and less astringent than regular grapefruit and is well worth seeking out. That said, this spritz can be made with any combination of citrus you like – mandarin juice would also be lovely. We prefer using large ice cubes as they melt slowly and chill the drink effectively without diluting the flavour too much.

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

½ cup David Jones Organic Honey

3 thyme sprigs, plus extra to serve

180ml Lyre’s White Cane Spirit

1 cup ruby grapefruit juice

Chilled tonic water, to taste

Ruby grapefruit slices and orange slices, to serve

METHOD

1. Combine David Jones Organic Honey, thyme and 60ml boiling water in a heatproof jug, stir to combine and set aside to cool and infuse.

2. Fill a tall jug with large ice cubes, then add the Lyre’s White Cane Spirit. Add ruby grapefruit juice and honey-thyme syrup to taste. Top up with chilled tonic water, add ruby grapefruit slices, orange slices and extra thyme sprigs and stir well, then serve.

LYRE’S

White Cane Spirit

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MAISON BALZAC

CouCou Jug Amber

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LUIGI BORMIOLI

Top Glass Hi Ball

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DAVID JONES FOOD

Macadamia Honey

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Luigi Bormioli Bach Gin Glass (part of a set of 4). Brunswick Aces Coming Soon to David Jones.

Sparkling berry-berry iced tea

Zero alcohol in a drink doesn’t have to mean zero flavour. Here, we’ve layered berry notes with our fragrant Mixed Berry Organic Tisane and fresh berries (we’ve used strawberries but raspberries would work well, or even a combination of the two). If you prefer your drinks on the sweeter side, you could add a spoonful of David Jones Strawberry Jam or David Jones Organic Honey to the tea while it’s brewing, or top up with chilled lemonade instead of soda water.

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

4 David Jones Mixed Berry Organic Tisane 20 Pyramid Tea Bags

6 strawberries, hulled and halved

Juice of 1 lime, plus extra lime slices, to serve

120ml Brunswick Aces Spades Sapiir

Chilled soda water, to taste

Lemon slices and mint sprigs, to serve

METHOD

1. Pour 1 litre boiling water over the tea bags and stand to brew to your preferred strength. Remove tea bags and chill the tea.

2. Divide strawberries evenly among two large serving glasses, muddle gently then squeeze in lime juice and muddle slightly once again. Top with Brunswick Aces Spades Sapiir, add a large ice cube or two and top up with soda water to taste. Add lime slices, lemon slices and a sprig of mint and serve.

DAVID JONES FOOD

Mixed Berry Loose Tea

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DAVID JONES FOOD

Strawberry Jam

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DAVID JONES FOOD

Red Gum Honey

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LUIGI BORMIOLI

Bach Gin Glass (set of 4)

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