It’s no secret here at Hunter and Bligh we love a wine, or a Margarita, or a beer, a Negroni, gin and tonic, espresso martiniPretty much any delicious, well deserved booze.

And at first when we were confronted with Dry July, we’ll admit, we laughed. Don’t be ridiculous, it’s winter, mulled wine time, the perfect time for those not-so-summer-friendly creamy cocktails. But then we got curious and started to ask what really is Dry July? Surely people don’t just give up their Friday night ‘I made it’ glass of red that easily… So we went hunting.

In July ’08, three friends, Brett, Kenny and Phil decided to take a break from alcohol for a month, coining it their ‘Dry July’. At the time they also wanted to raise funds for a family member affected by cancer – so they asked friends and family to sponsor their abstinence.

Since then, Dry July has inspired over 130,000 Australians to go dry, and has raised upwards of $30 million for people affected by cancer and has funded projects at more than 75 cancer organisations across the country.

And here’s their motivator: In July alone, an average of 11, 526 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer. Eleven and a half THOUSAND. In one month.

The funds raised go towards cancer support organisations nation wide, aimed at improving patient comfort, care and wellbeing. Dry July works with organisations such as Cancer Council, the Leukemia Foundation, Look Good Feel Better and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia to provide patients and families with wellness programs, transport, accommodation and facilities refurbishments, as well as funding information resources and providing new hospital equipment.

Apart from the obvious social benefits and meaningful charity work, Dry July also has a tonne of health benefits for the participants. According to Dry July, each year their participants report sleeping better, weight loss (a result of decreased cholesterol, lower blood glucose and decreased liver fat),  having more energy and higher productivity levels, lower anxiety and potentially the best, no hangovers.

So how do we get involved?
The Dry July site houses all the information you could possibly need. You can either sign up and actively participate, or donate to others involved in the cause!
You’ll also find marketing materials to help promote your fundraising efforts, social media images, posters and donation forms.

But it gets better…
Australian venues around the country also partake in the fundraising and offer alcohol-free options to participants to ensure you’re not left drinking water at Friday afternoon drinks!

Gin Lane Dry July

The gorgeous Kensington St bar knows how to make a killer cocktail, and it turns out they also know how to make a pretty good mocktail. This July, Gin Lane will be offering two Seedlip cocktails – a non-alcoholic spirit. On offer will be the Zero Alcohol Spritz (Seedlip Spice 94 topped with Aranciata, Soda + Lime Wedges) and Zero Alcohol G+T (Seedlip Garden 108, topped with Bush Tonic + Mint).

More info

16 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008 All July 12

Eastside Kitchen + Bar Dry July

Once you’ve tried Gin Lanes mocktails, take a short walk down the road to Eastside. This Dry July the legends at Eastside are making ‘dry’ easy with their Apple Mojito Mocktail. A mouthwatering mix of apple juice, fresh lime, mint and soda water.

More info

The Old Rum Store Level 1 2-10 Kensington Street Chippendale 2008 All July 10

Bang Bang Dry July

Bang Bang’s $5 Happy Hour, has just become even more enticing, with their Dry July menu of delicious mocktails, available exclusively from 4.30pm – 6.30pm throughout July. The Dry July menu includes the following cocktails: Cherub (Strawberry, Vietnamese mint, apple and lemon), Leechi & Lemongrass (Lychee, lemongrass, lemon and ginger); Cocktail 6 (Camomile flowers, lemon, cinnamon, pineapple and egg white), the Marmalaid (Orange marmalade, grapefruit, agave, lime and mint soda) and the Yu2 cocktail (Yuzu, pineapple, lemon and Bundaberg ginger beer).

More info

294 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick, 3185, Melbourne All July 5

Upper East Side Bondi Dry July

It’s not really a celebration without our favourite Bondi bar and restaurant. This Dry July, Upper East Side Bondi is helping out patrons with their ‘Tropic Plunder’ cocktail. A combination of pineapple, passionfruit, lime, Falernum and grenadine… Refreshing and pretty – what more could you want?

More info

14-16 O'Brien Street 2026 Bondi, NSW All July 15

The Ternary Dry July

In the heart of Sydney city, The Ternary is making your Friday afternoon dry drink an easy one. This July they’ve kicked off their Blueberry Honey Mojito – a sweet combination of blueberries, lime juice, mint, honey and club soda.

More info

Inside Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour, Level 1, 100 Murray St, Pyrmont, NSW All July 12

For those staying home to celebrate and Dry it up, check out some of these outrageous Mocktail recipes – perfect for a quiet night in and a snuggle in front of the fire.

1. Lychee mojito

PUBLIC HOUSE MANAGEMENT GROUP

By Kurtis Bosley, Group Mixologist at Public House Management Group.

INGREDIENTS

  • 30ml lychee syrup
  • 30ml lime juice
  • Mint leaves
  • 15ml simple syrup
  • Soda water

METHOD

Place first four ingredients into cocktail shaker and mix well. Pour into a glass and top with soda water. Garnish with mint and lychees on a skewer.

 

2. Strawberry Daiquiri

PUBLIC HOUSE MANAGEMENT GROUP

By Kurtis Bosley, Group Mixologist at Public House Management Group.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 muddled strawberries
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • ½ fresh passionfruit
  • Lemonade, to top

METHOD

Place first three ingredients into cocktail shaker and mix well. Pour into a glass and top with lemonade. Garnish with strawberries and blueberries on a stick.

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