Bennelong's elderflower and cucumber smash

Author: Samantha Teague
Photography: Rodney Macuja

Reboot and refresh with this sweet and savoury non-alcoholic cocktail.

The festive season overflowed with Champagne, alfresco Spritzes and bottles of fine wine. Now it's over, give your liver (and head) a rest and to relax with this refreshing non-alcoholic cocktail from Bennelong, in the Sydney Opera House.

"It combines quintessentially cooling ingredients - mint, cucumber, soda water - with a nice hit of seasonality, too," says bar manager Aaron Gaulke. "We smash all the ingredients together to express the oils and flavours, add some ice and then top it up with a touch of soda, or tonic, if you're feeling that way inclined." Happy recovering.

Muddle a small half-peeled cucumber, cut into four pieces, six mint leaves and 15ml elderflower cordial in a highball glass. Top with ice and soda and garnish with a mint sprig.

Bennelong, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW, (02) 9240 8000,

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