Simple Mocktail recipes that not only taste great, but look beautiful as well. These are not the Shirley Temples of yesteryear.
‘Tis no longer the season!
The holidays are officially over.
And I think I’m okay with that.
January 6 was even “Take Down Your Christmas Tree” day.
Although we did not observe that holiday … that event will be celebrated later this weekend (hopefully!).
Right now, it’s all about undoing all (okay, most … okay, some) of the guilty pleasures we ate, drank, and sat on the couch and binged watched at our house the past month.
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 mocktails is all about.
In the spirit (or lack thereof) of this new season, we’re sharing four of our favorite easy mocktail recipes to make at home.
The flavors are so great, you won’t even miss the booze.
And it makes it just a little bit easier to get through your morning workout.
Because right now, it’s all about sticking to those New Year’s resolutions!
And that friends, it most definitely something to celebrate!
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.
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 it’s 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.
WHEN WAS DRY JANUARY STARTED?
The genesis of the movement began with a woman named Emily in 2011.
She gave up alcohol in January in preparation for a half marathon she was running in February.
Emily found she lost weight, slept better and felt like she had more energy to do the run.
She repeated the month in 2012 and found she had lots of people asking her questions about the experience.
IS DRY JANUARY A BRITISH THING?
Fast forward to 2014 … Alcohol Change (a British organization for whom Emily the runner was now working), trademarked the name “Dry January” and the concept caught on around the globe.
So, yes, the original, modern-day concept began in Great Britain.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DRY JANUARY?
Alcohol Change states those individuals who participate in Dry January report:
86 percent save money
70 percent have better sleep
66 percent have more energy
Those are some pretty great benefits to gain by simply not partaking in liquor for 31 days. Hmmmm …
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 Temples” of yesteryear.
Think carefully concocted potables … without the “potent” part!
They are so good, you won’t even miss the booze!
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EASY MOCKTAIL RECIPES 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.
There are actually some really great, non-alcoholic spirit alternatives out there.
I hope you enjoy them as much as Matt and I do!
We will share additional Mocktail recipes throughout the month of January … and maybe even the rest of the year!
1.75 ounces Seedlip Grove 42
.75 ounces 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 and marmalade in a champagne flute.
Fill the flute to the top with chilled, sparkling water.
THE BIG APPLE
Ritual Whiskey Alternative, two ounces
2 ounces Apple Cider
Three dashes Angostura Bitters
Combine Ritual Whiskey Alternative and all ingredients in a mixing glass and sir with ice until cold.
Strain into a rocks glass over ice.
Garnish with cinnamon stick and apple slice.
DARN THE WEATHER
This cocktail can be made what I’ll call “misty” or straight up 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 Ritual Gin Alternative and all other ingredients in a shaker with ice.
Strain into a champagne coupe and garnish with an orange twist.
2 ounces Ritual Tequila Alternative
½ ounce Lime Juice
4 ounce Grapefruit Soda
Pour Ritual Tequila Alternative and lime juice into a glass with ice.
Top with soda and garnish with a lime or grapefruit slice.
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