Mocktails For A Dry January

The holiday season is over. Time with loved ones was spent, gifts were given, parties were had and many, many libations were consumed. Now we are left with the hangover that is January.

But, New Year, New You arewerite?

This is the time to start the new year with purpose. For some, that might mean working on your fitness, taking on a new class or hobby or simply just responding to your emails on time. Others are indulging in a Dry January.  Which is to not consume any alcohol for the 31 days in January. This practice gained popularity after a British non-profit promoted it in 2013 and became a government health campaign the following year. Now it’s arrived on our shores in an effort to either take a break after a boozy holiday season, trim some calories, or fatten up your wallet with savings. Regardless of your motivation, Dry January is a great option to start the new year.

And to help you on your new found path of sobriety (for the month) we have some great non-alcoholic versions of your favorite cocktails aka mocktails.

Non-Alcoholic Sangria

Sangria is such a fun drink. Not quite wine, not quite cocktail but all flavor. It’s tasty, refreshing and you won’t need any booze to enjoy the next time you wine down.

(Image credit: Emily Han)

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 black tea bags (or 2 teaspoons loose-leaf tea in an infuser; decaf tea is fine)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 medium orange, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 medium lime, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 medium apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 3 cups carbonated water

Pour the boiling water over tea bags and cinnamon sticks and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and stir in sugar to dissolve. In a large jar or pitcher, combine tea, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange, lemon, lime, and apple. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and preferably overnight. Just before serving, stir in carbonated water. Serve in glasses over ice.

Moscow Mule Mocktail

Moscow Mules have become a very popular drink recently.  Served in an iconic glass with a refreshing taste, it’s no surprise to see why they are as they say, “so hot right now”. Now you can enjoy a drink like the cool kids but without the alcohol.

  • 1/2 cup Ginger Beer

  • 3 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice

  • 3 tbsp Club Soda

Mix ingredients in a copper mug 3/4 full of crushed ice. Stir together. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

 

Classic Bloody Mary Mocktail

Bloody Mary’s are a brunch staple. Usually, this is the first drink you order to help combat a hangover, now, you can enjoy this drink without the extra baggage of alcohol and last night’s regrets.

  • Bloody Mary mix
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Celery
  • Tabasco
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Blue cheese olives (not necessary but come on, it’s blue cheese)

First, prepare your glass with a salty rim. In a shaker, mix the Bloody Mary mix (enough to fill your glass 3/4 of the way full), a splash of Tabasco, a splash of Worcestershire sauce, a pinch of garlic powder, and a pinch of black pepper. Shake it and pour it over ice. Garnish with a stalk of celery, a piece of rosemary, and some blue cheese olives. Enjoy!