Are you doing, or have you ever done, a dry January? A lot of people use “Drynuary” to help them reset and recalibrate after overindulging over the holidays. I haven’t been able to drink alcohol since this summer, and it’ll be a while until I can start up again, so if you’re bored of plain water, I hear you!
Even flavored sparkling water loses its allure after a while, especially if you scan the cocktail menu and notice the tempting flavor combinations that bartenders come up with for drinkers. But that’s where mocktails come in, and I have a round-up of eight recipes to help you make it through your dry spell. (And don’t worry, if you are still drinking, or once you start up again, I’m sure you could add liquor to any of these and have a delicious cocktail.)
It can get expensive and time-consuming to track down or make ten different ingredients for one drink, so I tend to like my homemade cocktails pretty simple. Therefore I mostly stuck to mocktails that also fit that bill. I’m also not a big fan of super sweet drinks, so I didn’t go for anything that sounded like it has a lot of sugar in it.
Mountain Mojito Mocktail – This mojito made with blood orange puree sounds refreshing.
Moscow Mule – Just like the classic, but without the vodka.
Kombucha Mimosa – I got a craving for a mimosa a few months back, so I tried this version, and it was quite good! Plus it couldn’t have been easier to make, and it was fun to try different kombucha flavors with the orange juice.
Meadow Mocktail – Lavender, basil, and grapefruit means this mocktail sounds perfect for a garden party (maybe a baby shower?)
Virgin Paloma – Another classic that would make a great summer drink.
Not toddy – This non-alcoholic version of a hot toddy sounds like a perfect winter sipper.
Grapefruit and Rosemary Mocktail – This sounds like such an intriguing flavor combination, and the color is lovely.
Virgin Cucumber Gimlet – Another simple version of a refreshing sipper.