By Lyre's Spirit Co
24th Apr 2020
Not being able to go out to your favourite cocktail bars doesn’t need to be a burden you have to bear. Why stress about the lack of tipple, when you can still make your own delicious non-alcoholic cocktails at home?
With just a trip to the supermarket armed with the recipes we’ve put together here, you can easily whip up some fantastic cocktails (minus the hangover) with the help of Lyre’s finely crafted Non-Alcoholic Spirits.
We’ve put together everything you need to start making fantastically wonderous cocktails right from your kitchen bench - whether it’s the tools, the essential ingredients, or the recipes themselves. You can also order Lyre’s Spirits online and have them conveniently delivered right to your doorstep.
Let’s get mixing!
The tools you’ll need to make non-alcoholic cocktails at home
To create a home cocktail making set-up for the ages, you’ll need to have the right equipment. Because after all, what is a Master without their tools? Here are some of the essential items you’ll need to start shaking up delicious non-alcoholic cocktails at home in no time. You can find them at homewares stores, department stores, kitchen stores and even some local supermarkets.
A jigger is a small hourglass-shaped double cup made of metal that is used to measure drink ingredients precisely. If you don’t have one of these, you can always just use a shot glass marked with measurements.
Cocktails are made to, well… shake cocktails (you guessed it). These are two types of shakers; the Boston shaker (which you need a separate cocktail strainer for) and the standard shaker (which will come with a built-in strainer).
A muddler is a long stick that you can use to mash ingredients to release their flavours and aromas, like mint, passionfruit or sugar cubes.
Metal bar spoon with a long handle
Basically, this is just a really long spoon that you can use to get right into the corners of cocktails shakers to make sure everything is properly stirred. Get one of these and it can also easily double as a muddler so you don’t have to double up on tools!
A high quality blender
For drinks like daiquiris and margaritas, you’ll need a good blender for crushing ice and whizzing everything up to create your non-alcoholic flavour sensations.
Essential ingredients for home non-alcoholic cocktails
We’ve put together a list of the essential ingredients you’ll need to have on-hand to make non-alcoholic cocktails at home easily and quickly - so you’ll only have to head to the supermarket once!
- Tonic water
- Sparkling water
- Lime juice
- Lemon juice
- Orange juice
- Cranberry juice
- Ginger ale
- Club soda
- Maraschino cherries
- Sugar cubes
- Raw sugar
- Tabasco sauce
- Worcestershire sauce
- Black and Cayenne pepper
- Coconut cream
Also, if you’re serious about the purity of your cocktails, you’ll need to buy ice from the store instead of regular ice-cube-tray ice cubes. Unfortunately, these can take on the flavours of the other foods in your freezer, and will taint your whole cocktail if you use them.
The types of glasses every home should have
If you’ve poured your heart and soul into a cocktail, then the least you could do is pour it into the right glass! Here are some of the class glass types that every home should have for those special days and evenings spent enjoying delicious tipples.
- Vodka/schnapps/liqueur glass
- Old-fashioned glass
- Highball glass (for tall drinks)
- Margarita glass
- Cocktail/martini glass
- Shot glass
- Collins glass
- Champagne flutes
Non-alcoholic cocktail recipe ideas
Now, the good part. Let’s check out some non-alcoholic cocktail recipes that are easy to make at home, and won’t give you a hangover the next morning!
Stir briefly with ice, strain into a martini glass or a small coupette. Serve with a garnish of lemon twist (high in vitamin C for supporting your immune system!)
2. Lyre’s Negroni
Stir ingredients briefly over freshly cubed ice. Serve in an old fashioned glass and garnish with an orange slice.
3. Lyre’s Rosa Negroni
- 45mL Lyre’s Italian Spritz
- 15mL Lyre’s Dry London Spirit
- 30mL Lyre’s Apéritif Rosso
- 4 fresh raspberries
Stir everything together briefly over freshly cubed ice. Serve in an Old Fashioned glass and garnish with a lemon wheel and rosemary sprig.
4. Lyre’s Boulevardier
- 15mL Spiced Cane Spirit
- 45mL Coffee Originale
- 45mL premium cold drip or fresh espresso
- 15mL premium salted caramel syrup
Dry shake, 1/2 fill shaker with ice. Shake hard briefly, fine strain into a cocktail coupette glass. Garnish with caramel popcorn for an extra treat!
Lyre’s exquisite range of non-alcoholic spirits
Lyre’s spirits were lovingly crafted to give you the freedom to drink your way. Whether it’s replacing some of the alcohol in your cocktail with Lyre’s for a low-alcohol beverage, or using Lyre’s entirely to give the alcohol a big hard skip - Lyre’s makes the impossible, possible.
Our spirits taste just like the classics, which is what makes them so fun for using when you’re experimenting at home with new non-alcoholic cocktail favourites (and when you want to skip the hangover the next morning). We source the finest natural essences, extracts and distillates to ensure your cocktail will taste simply phenomenal - especially from your couch!
To explore the full range of Lyre’s spirits, click here.