These dry January Mocktail recipes are delicious to make at home.
They are simply the perfect non-alcoholic cocktails for Dry January.
Welcome to January. The Christmas decorations are put away (almost), the house isn’t as sparkly as it used to be, and it’s back to our day-to-day routines.
The holidays are officially over. And I think I’m okay with that.
Right now, it’s all about undoing all (okay, some!) of the guilty pleasures we ate and drank at social gatherings this holiday season.
As well as all the time we sat on the couch binge watching shows at our house the week between Christmas and New Year’s.
So as we do a bit of a reset, I was curious to explore the concept of Dry January, as well as discover what the “buzz” around refreshing mocktails is all about.
In the spirit (or lack thereof) of this new season, we’re sharing four of our favorite delicious mocktails to make at home.
The flavors are so great, you won’t even miss the booze of regular cocktails in each non-alcoholic beverage.
And it makes it just a little bit easier to get through that morning workout.
Because it’s all about sticking to those New Year’s resolutions that were made for all of those health reasons!
We’ve got the best non-alcoholic cocktails and you are going to love these delicious drinks filled with different flavors and our favorite ingredients.
WHAT IS DRY JANUARY?
Dry January means abstaining from drinking alcohol during the month of January. In the simplest of terms, Dry January is a one-month, alcohol free challenge. And it’s gained popularity in recent years. An increasing number of mixologists are even embracing the trend.
I remember first hearing the term about five years ago. But come to find out, the concept goes back much farther. According to reports the Finnish government launched a similar campaign in 1942, called Raitis tammikuu (Sober January). It was part of the government’s war effort against the Soviet Union. I would assume its goal was to trigger a decline in the sales of vodka.
WHAT IS THE POINT OF DRY JANUARY?
Today the concept is about promoting a healthy lifestyle, especially in the wake of all of the holiday parties and celebrations that we just experienced the past few weeks.
Think of it as pressing the reset button. Limiting alcohol consumption can have several health benefits such as promoting weight loss and decreasing blood pressure. You can even save a little money.
WHEN WAS DRY JANUARY STARTED?
The genesis of the movement began with a woman named Emily in 2011. Emily gave up alcohol in January in preparation for a half marathon she was running in February. She found she lost weight, slept better and felt like she had more energy to do the run. Emily repeated the month in 2012 and had lots of people have questions about her experience.
IS DRY JANUARY A BRITISH THING?
Fast forward to 2014 … Alcohol Change, a British organization for whom Emily the runner now worked, trademarked the name “Dry January” and the tradition caught steam. So, yes, the original concept began in Great Britain.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DRY JANUARY?
Alcohol Change reports:
86 percent of participants save money
70 percent have better sleep
66 percent have more energy
SO BRING ON THE MOCKTAILS! WAIT … WHAT IS A MOCKTAIL?
Mocktails are non-alcoholic beverages whose ingredients are chosen to mirror the complexity of flavors found in craft cocktails. They are not the “Shirley Temple” of yesteryear. Think carefully concocted potables … without the “potent” part! They are so good, you won’t even miss the booze!
ZERO-PROOF COCKTAILS TO MAKE AT HOME
Throughout the month of Dry January, we are featuring our favorite easy mocktail recipes. And today, here are four simple mocktail recipes that utilize non-alcoholic spirits. I hope you enjoy them as much as Matt and I do!
CITRUS FIZZ — ONE OF THE BEST DRY JANUARY MOCKTAIL RECIPES
1.75 ounces Seedlip Grove 42
.75 oz orange marmalade cordial
First, make the orange marmalade cordial. Combine 1.25 cups of orange marmalade with 2/3 cup of hot water. Finely strain the mixture into a glass jar or bottle and refrigerate. You’ll have enough cordial for several cocktails.
Next combine the Seedlip Grove 42 (one of the brand’s best alcohol-free spirits) and marmalade in a champagne flute. Fill the flute to the top with chilled, sparkling water (soda water or club soda will also work).
THE BIG APPLE – DRY JANUARY MOCKTAIL RECIPES
2 ounces Ritual Whiskey Alternative
Apple cider, two ounces
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients, including the Ritual Whiskey Alternative, in a mixing glass (or cocktail shaker) and sir with ice until cold. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with cinnamon stick and apple slice.
DARN THE WEATHER — ANOTHER ONE OF THE BEST DRY JANUARY MOCKTAIL RECIPES
This cocktail can be made what I’ll call “misty” or straight up dry. And not dry. It depends on whether you choose to use sweet vermouth or unsweetened grape juice for the sweet vermouth. I would always pick the grape juice, since I am not a fan of sweet vermouth. Not even one ounce of it!
2 ounces Ritual gin alternative
1 ounce Sweet vermouth or unsweetened grape juice
1 ounce Orange juice
3 Dashes Angostura Orange Bitters
Orange twist, optional
Combine all ingredients, including Ritual Gin Alternative, in a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a champagne coupe (or martini glass) and garnish with an orange twist. You’ll also want to discover Ritual, a great line of zero-proof spirits.
NON-ALCOHOLIC PALOMA — DRY JANUARY MOCKTAIL RECIPES
This is a refreshing drink that is simply the perfect mocktail.
2 ounces Ritual Tequila Alternative
½ ounce lime juice
4 ounce grapefruit soda
Pour Ritual Tequila Alternative and lime juice into a high ball glass with ice; Top with soda and garnish with a lime or grapefruit slice.
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