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5 Different Fun Mocktails for Dry January
Reap the benefits of Dry January without saying goodbye to your favorite flavors!
Updated By Catie Kovelman, 01/06/2022
Many Americans choose to participate in Dry January to offset their typical boozy marathon of holiday drinking (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s). It’s thought that avoiding alcohol for a month gives the body a healthy reset to start the new year. And when done wisely, experts agree that trying out sobriety for a while does have many benefits. Taking a break from alcohol allows social drinkers to analyze how drinking impacts their mental and physical health. Through this reflection, many people have realized alcohol was irritating their stomach, causing fatigue, increasing weight gain, and contributing to insomnia. By taking just one month off, Dry January participants were able to identify improvements in their health regarding all of the above. And for heavy drinkers who have suffered liver damage, improvements in abnormal liver enzymes can be seen in the first 30 days of sobriety.
But if you enjoy alcoholic beverages, cutting yourself off cold turkey can be quite difficult. If you’ve decided to commit to completing the Dry January challenge, you’ll need ways to maintain your resolve once the cravings kick in. While it may seem difficult to stay away from alcoholic drinks for a whole month, there are many creative solutions out there to satisfy your cravings. Check out some of our favorite mocktails that you can make at home!
As if an iced coffee itself wasn’t refreshing enough, a coffee tonic will truly open your eyes to how dynamic coffee can be. A shot of espresso (or iced coffee), poured over iced tonic water will remind you of a fancy, mixologist-created drink, and will also have the added benefit of giving you that extra boost in the middle of the day! Check out the video above to see how to make this super simple drink.
We love a great sangria - and this non-alcoholic version will have you hardly missing the wine that is normally there. The star of this drink is really the fresh fruits, which are muddled with mint to bring a multi-faceted flavor to this mocktail. We like grapes, apples and oranges (with skin on for a touch of bitterness). Top it off with some grape juice and soda water, and enjoy!
Paloma with Rosemary
Many times when we’re thirsty for an alcoholic drink, we are looking for a bit of bite and zest. Enter the paloma! Satisfy your thirst with sour grapefruit juice topped with seltzer water and infused with a bit of aroma from some crushed rosemary.
Continuing on the theme of having a drink with bite, try out a ginger mule! There are a few strong ginger sodas that are a bit bolder in nature - pick up one of those varieties and pour over a generous handful of mint leaves. However, don’t forget to save a sprig or two as garnish to complete the look.
Blueberry Mint Tea
An iced tea is the usual go-to for those looking to lay off the alcohol for a while. Why not make it special? Once again, enhance your iced tea with some muddled mint, but add some ripe blueberries to the mix to take it to mocktail levels!
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