Going dry this July?

Don’t feel like you’re in the alcohol-free desert - these non-alcoholic cocktail solutions will keep you on track...

First published in northsider magazine Winter 2019.


Milsons Point based not-for-profit the Dry July Foundation has encouraged Aussies to ditch the booze every July for the past 12 years. In that time, Dry July-ers have raised $37 million for people affected by cancer.

“2018 was our biggest year to date,” Dry July’s General Manager Katie Evans says. “36,000 Aussies raised $7.7 million and we’d love to see even more people get involved and sign up and take part this year.”

“You’ll be doing good for yourself as well as for people with cancer,” she continues. “It’s a win win!”

The cocktail gurus at The Botanist Kirribilli and SoCal Sydney in Neutral Bay have created exclusive non-alcoholic tipples for northsider this Dry July. So sign up to dryjuly.com and head straight to the bar to order one of these delicious drinks while still raising money…


The Botanist Kirribilli

Order The Northside or The Faux Fizz to enjoy with dishes from this neighbourhood favourite’s winter menu. Head to botanist.com.au to book. Cocktails created by Chris Trueman and Isaac Roach.

The Northside and The Faux Fizz at The Botanist

The Northside

A non-alcoholic twist on the classic Eastside cocktail, which itself was a twist on the classic Southside cocktail. It’s herbaceous and slightly savoury with a lemon zing and a foam top like a sour. Contains Seedlip Garden 108, muddled cucumber, shaken fresh mint, lemon, aquafaba and a touch of simple syrup. Its pea green appearance is finished with a pegged mint sprig garnish, served in a Nick & Nora glass.


The Faux Fizz A non-alcoholic play on a glass of bubbles, this has been designed to look like an elegant flute of Prosecco. It’s fruity citrus with mandarin and blood orange tones, slightly dry and bubbly. Contains Seedlip Grove 42, verjus, house mandarin syrup, lemon and a soda top. Its light straw appearance is finished with a house mandarin dust rim, served in a flute glass.


SoCal Sydney

One of Neutral Bay’s best bars has created the Daily Driver, an in-gin-ious alternative to the G&T which pairs perfectly with their fresh, modern Southern Californian share-style food. Head to socalsydney.com.au for more info. Cocktail created by Shaun Brown.

SoCal's Daily Driver

Daily Driver

The Daily Driver tastes like a G&T, but even after sinking five of them you’re able to get behind the wheel! Seedlip Grove 42 elegantly swaps in as our gin replacement, with a bouquet of hand-crafted botanicals that compliment perfectly with the boutique aromatic tonic from Fevertree. Our house-made lemongrass and matcha syrup provides cohesion for the two ingredients, bringing complex aromatics and accentuating the citral notes that Seedlip brings. A cheeky splash of fresh lemon adds a final zip to tie the drink together. Built in a highball glass, garnished with lemongrass floss.