Dry July with Worksmith and Mercedes me


We celebrate Dry July here at Worksmith because not only is it a fantastic cause, we also know that not all wonderful flavours and experiences need to be associated with alcohol.

Worksmith is a community hub for passionate teams and individuals in Australia’s food, beverage and hospitality industry.

With a shared passion for championing great talent, events and ideas, this July Worksmith has partnered with Mercedes me. Worksmith’s Beverage Director (and 2018 World-Class Bartender of the Year) Orlando Marzo has embodied this Dry July partnership by creating arguably the world’s best non-alcoholic cocktail, proving excellence can be achieved without alcohol.

Download Orlando's Dry July cocktail recipe here, or if you’d rather see the master himself at work, check out the cocktail and tickets for a series of Masterclasses (below) throughout July that are available for purchase exclusively from Mercedes me.

If you’re interested in other industry-focused events, check-out our Worksmith Memberships where you’ll have access to private spaces, a growing community of likeminded people, and a brilliant calendar filled with events.

What’s on at Mercedes me

Tuesday, July 2nd 6:30 pm

Tuesday, July 2nd 6:30 pm

In Conversation with seedlip and orlando marzo:
The Alcohol-free game changer

Seedlip is the world's first distilled non-alcoholic spirit, solving the ever-growing dilemma of 'what to drink when you're not drinking', and taking the beverage industry by storm. It is based on the distilled non-alcoholic remedies from The Art of Distillation written in 1651, and now repurposed to pioneer a new category of drinks.

Orlando Marzo is Worksmith’s Beverage Director, and In October 2018, Orlando was crowned best bartender in the world, after winning the prestigious Diageo World Class Cocktail Competition. Winning this award has allowed Orlando to expand his reach within the beverage industry and share world wide ideas in the hospitality industry.

An evening of discussion about trend forecasting, changing tastes, and the boom of the alcohol-free distilled spirit.

Cocktail masterclass with orlando marzo
Tuesday July 30th, 6:30 pm

Celebrate making it through Dry July with a cocktail masterclass. Learn how to make the Worksmith and Mercedes Me signature Dry July cocktail with Orlando Marzo. “For this cocktail, we’re using Seedlio Garden 108, Lemon Saccarum with Aniseed Myrtle and infused with Mountain Marigold, finished off with CAPI sparkling Yuzu and garnished with Mountain Marigold to give an extra boost of aromas”.

In an intimate setting, Orlando will showcase his creativity and incredible skillset, while taking guests through the philosophies that have led him to become the world’s best, and how they can recreate his drinks at home.

He will also share details of his aspiration for creating the world’s best non-alcoholic cocktail which is available exclusively at Mercedes me Store throughout July.

Limited tickets available.

Friday July 5th, from 4:30 pm

Friday July 5th, from 4:30 pm

Friday July 5th, 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Just because you’re not drinking, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on Friday night after-work drinks.

Mercedes me will be hosting Friday drinks for the first Friday in July to give Dry July-ers, non-drinkers, and drinkers alike!An incredible opportunity to get up close with Orlando, and sample either the ‘world’s best non-alcoholic cocktail’ he has prepared in collaboration with Mercedes me Store, or something special from his world class repertoire.