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Spirited Gifts For The Sober Curious

As December comes around you can expect to see an uptick in alcohol consumption but if you’re sober curios this festive season Lyre’s range of premium quality non-alcoholic spirits could be the solution to help you wet your whistle wisely.

The newest collection of South Africa’s premium non-alcoholic tipples is the perfect gift for someone looking for an easy solution to more mindful drinking or even the soberest Scrooge.

Lyre’s non-alcoholic spirits are impossibly crafted with distinct and contemporary flavours to capture the essence of the equivalent alcoholic counterparts; meaning you can delight in the same delicious experience of your favourite serve all through the festive season, guilt free.

Lyre’s was created in 2019 by founders Mark Livings and Carl Hartmann to pay homage to the world’s most popular spirits in a non-alcoholic format, each as true to taste as the original spirit, with the aim of changing the way the world drinks.

“Silly season involves plenty of social gatherings, but with Lyre’s you can easily moderate your alcohol intake – and, as a bonus, they make an ideal premium gift for family and friends,” says Joe Mthimkhulu, Lyre’s South Africa Brand Ambassador.

“Sleigh your guests with the season’s most lavish non-alcoholic cocktails or spirited gifts and have your drink your way.”

There are five Lyre’s products available in South Africa including:

  • Dry London Spirit (great in a G&T or Southside)
  • Italian Spritz (for the perfect aperitif spritz)
  • American Malt (rich and warm, for the ultimate Old Fashioned or Sour)
  • Coffee Originale (for an Espresso Martini)
  • White Cane Spirit (for everything from Mojito’s to Pina Colada’s)

Experience some of the finest Christmas drinks ever to grace the holidays with Lyre’s non-alcoholic festive cocktails. Whether sweet, sour, or bitter, these chic concoctions are delicious, easy, non-alcoholic drinks for any festive occasion.

Booze-free Tiramisu recipe

Try this alcohol-free tiramisu recipe which uses Lyre’s Coffee Originale and Lyre’s American Malt to give you the same flavour but with none of the booze.


● 180ml black coffee (preferably espresso)

● 40g castor sugar

● 60ml Lyre’s Coffee Originale

● 30ml Lyre’s American Malt Spirit

● 500g mascarpone

● 450ml thickened cream

● 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

● 20g icing sugar


Begin by combining the castor sugar to the black coffee whilst hot and stir to dissolve, then mix in the Lyre’s Coffee Liqueur and Lyre’s American Malt Spirit. Place in a bowl and set aside. This will be the liquid used to soak the sponge biscuits. Place the mascarpone, thickened cream, vanilla and

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