NATIVE GARNISHES TO SPICE UP YOUR DRY JULY
If you're cutting out alcohol this Dry July, it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice on fun and flavour, too. Some of our favourite non-alcoholic beverages are from Monday Distillery, who make delicious drinks with interesting and exciting flavours, sans the alcohol. So while our drinks may be dry, they'll be bursting with flavour and look every bit the part as we'll be teaming them with native garnishes.
Native River Mint
Native River Mint or Native Spearmint are smaller more delicate specimens than the common supermarket varieties. A perfect match for the bold lemon zest and sherbert flavours of the vodka-inspired Cello Bella, it adds a fresh, cooling element. Muddle a few leaves in the glass before adding the mix or use small leaves as a garnish. You can purchase Native River Mint here.
With its vibrant citrus flavour, lemon myrtle pairs beautifully with the Classic G&T complementing the bold juniper and rosemary undertones. Infuse each glass with dried leaves or garnish with fresh, finely-julienned leaves. You can purchase lemon myrtle leaves from Gin & Co here.
The quandong or wild peach as it is sometimes known, is a smaller, raspberry-sized dried variety that can be added directly to the glass as a colourful accent. For a more flavourful punch, it can be stewed in sugar syrup as a complement to the fruity, floral and slightly sour notes of the Dram Sour. You can purchase Quandong from Warndu here.
As spectacular as it is flavoursome, native fingerlime with its burst of caviar-like pearls makes a showstopping garnish added directly to the drink or presented around the rim of the glass. This indigenous fruit adds a herbaceous and citrusy note to the refreshing tequila-like Paloma. You can purchase native fingerlime at Harris Farm Markets.
On chilly winter’s day, a little spice can warm things up. Try adding a sprinkle of ground wattleseed to the limited release Stormy Royale to complement the espresso, bitters and smokey vanilla undertones of this alcohol-free rum cocktail. With its nutty, chocolately aroma, wattleseed also makes an excellent addition to creamy cocktails like a dry espresso martini or alcohol-free eggnog. You can purchase ground wattleseed from Warndu here.
With inspiration aplenty, you'll be set to sign up to the Dry July Foundation challenge to help raise funds to improve the comfort, care and wellbeing of those dealing with cancer. Now there's an added incentive to give it a go!
Main image source: Warndu