Non alcoholic drinks Recipes

Welcome to Sober October

Hangovers and brain fog be gone.

NoLo is a secret worth sharing. Hidden behind a set of heavy doors on the 24th floor of Dusit Thani Dubai hotel, Dubai’s first dry bar is anchored not in alcohol, but creative zero-proof cocktails served in a dimly lit setting where lounge music and city views set the tone for conversation. But more on that in a minute. With the arrival of October, social drinkers across the UK are taking on the Sober October challenge, giving up alcohol in order to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support – an altruistic Dry January, if you will. And although the movement originated in the UK, anyone can sign up and participate, inevitably reaping a whole host of health benefits in the process. 

In fact, lower blood pressure, a regeneration of damaged liver cells, a reduction in insulin resistance, a healthier body weight, and a lowered risk of cancer with each year of sobriety are just some of the health benefits of quitting, according to American Addiction Centers. It’s no wonder that non-alcoholic concoctions have soared in popularity across the globe in recent years, but arguably, they’re most favoured in the Middle East owing to cultural and religious factors. Add to that the region’s well-documented obsession with social media, and the days of sodas and saccharine mocktails appearing on the last page of a drinks menu are gradually on the way out. Now, they’re Instagrammable, well thought out, and boast complex flavours suited to the adult palate.

“We have this word in Italian, sfigato, which comes to mind when one goes into a bar and asks for a non-alcoholic drink. It translates to ‘an unlucky person’. But we live in the Middle East, of course,” says Giovanni Depergola, the instructor of Dry Mixology and Bartending courses at the International Centre for Culinary Arts. “We are bartenders at the end of day, but we like to be called mixologists so we can charge more,” he says with a chuckle. “I’m also an educator, so for me, training is a very serious matter. My passion for dry mixology stems from the passion that I have for cocktails – all that showmanship, all that theatricality deserves a spot in the non-alcoholic category.” 

Non alcoholic drinks Recipes

As an F&B industry insider, Depergola noticed a gap in the market that had to be addressed. “All I saw was carbonated drinks and canned juices and, with time, I said, ‘Come on, we’re good at making cocktails, so why not use the same flavours, the same glassware, the same shaking techniques to serve something that we are proud of?’ Because I wasn’t proud to serve something in a can with ice and a slice of lemon.” Elsewhere, British entrepreneur Erika Doyle also noticed the lack of non-alcoholic drinks on offer, leading to the launch of Drink Dry, a one-stop shop for options that are not only premium, but also high in taste and low in sugar. 

“One of the misconceptions that people in the West have about the Middle East is that it’s such a huge market for non-alcoholic drinks because there are so many non-drinkers who want to drink, but can’t,” she says. “If you’ve always been told that drinking is bad for you, then our products aren’t the answer to all your prayers. Unlike ex-drinkers and the sober curious, I’m not giving non-drinkers a solution because they don’t have a problem to begin with.” Instead, Drink Dry is exploring how to introduce new ways of drinking to non-drinkers. “It’s likely that they’ve only been drinking very sugary drinks, so what we’re doing is introducing healthier ways of drinking without necessarily referencing their alcoholic counterparts.” NoLo, meanwhile, has added a social aspect to this rising trend, catering to mindful drinkers and health-conscious individuals ready for a night out. 

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Incidentally, the name of this new drinking den is a portmanteau of ‘no alcohol’ and ‘low worries’, a carefree mindset reflected in its brightly coloured seating and anthropomorphic art. Over on the menu, of course, is where its star attraction – both classic and experimental cocktails – awaits. Created in conjunction with Lyre’s, widely considered the leading independent non-alcoholic spirits brand, they span the likes of Immune Highball, Thai Basil Smash, and Spice Date Espresso Martini. Those in search of the familiar, meanwhile, will appreciate Lyre’s zero-proof take on the G&T, the mojito, the martini, the Amalfi spritz, and the amaretto sour – all created to imitate the taste and mouthfeel of the originals. And in the meantime, the team at NoLo shares three alcohol-free recipes in honour of Sober October.

1. Lyre’s Mediterranean G&T


  • 45ml Lyre’s Dry London Spirit
  • 120ml Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic
  • 1 orange slice
  • 1 sprig rosemary (for garnish)


  1. Fill a tall glass ¾ full of ice.
  2. Pour in the ingredients and gently stir to combine.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

2. Date Old Fashioned


  • 60ml Lyre’s American Malt
  • 15ml date syrup
  • 4 dashes chocolate/walnut bitters
  • 4 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 date (for garnish)


  1. Stir all the ingredients in a mixing glass.
  2. Pour into a short tumbler over block ice.
  3. Garnish with a skewered date.

3. Bedtime Story


  • 30ml Lyre’s Amaretti
  • 45ml strong chai
  • 15ml coconut milk
  • 7.5ml maple syrup
  • pink salt and star anise (for garnish)


  1. Prepare the strong chai by steeping two chai teabags in 125ml near-boiling water for five minutes.
  2. Remove the teabags and let cool.
  3. Dry shake (without ice), then wet shake (with ice added) the ingredients.
  4. Strain into a cocktail or coupette glass.
  5. Garnish with star anise and a sprinkle of pink salt.

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Ready to Elevate Your Bone Broth Game?

Aromatic herbs, vegetables, and spices.

With a few simple add-ons, you can transform your basic bone broth into a flavourful and nutrient-rich concoction that will leave your taste buds singing. Here are some ideas to take your bone broth to the next level:


1. Fresh Herbs: Add a burst of freshness by tossing in a handful of fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, or dill. These herbs not only enhance the aroma but also contribute a vibrant taste to your broth.

2. Spices and Seasonings: Sprinkle in some spices and seasonings to bring depth and complexity to your bone broth. Consider options like cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon, or even a pinch of cayenne for a subtle kick.

3. Garlic and Ginger: Infuse your bone broth with a delightful zing by adding crushed garlic cloves and sliced ginger. These aromatic ingredients not only enhance the flavour but also offer numerous health benefits.

4. Soy Sauce or Tamari: For an umami-rich profile, a splash of soy sauce or tamari can do wonders. These fermented sauces add a savoury depth that takes your bone broth to a whole new level.

5. Dried Mushrooms: Boost the earthy tones of your broth with dried mushrooms like shiitake or porcini. These fungi add a rich and complex flavour profile, making your bone broth truly extraordinary.

6. Fish Sauce or Anchovy Paste: If you’re looking to infuse a unique savoury note, a small amount of fish sauce or anchovy paste can work wonders. These ingredients lend a distinctive umami taste that enhances the overall depth of your broth.

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Remember, these add-ons are just suggestions, and you can mix and match to create your own signature bone broth. The key is to experiment and find the combination that excites your taste buds the most. So, get creative, have fun, and enjoy the incredible flavours that these add-ons can bring to your next bone broth adventure!

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Bone broth is a product of humble beginnings. With over 12,000 years of history, bone broth has found its place in the world (with different names, of course). 


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