Dry January is not only a chance for your liver to heal from holiday celebrations, but an opportunity to explore alcohol-free libations. Dry drinks can be soothing, refreshing, and full of flavor.
Most bars now stock non-alcoholic beer and offer a variety of liquor-free cocktails, also known as mocktails. Alcohol-free beverages can also be complex combinations of flavors that challenge the skills of the most experienced mixologists.
You can try your hand at creating drinks that replace the empty calories of alcohol with nutritious ingredients. For starters, avoid pre-packaged mixes that might be filled with sugar. Instead, use fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs for nutritious and mouthwatering beverages.
Everyday Health offers several mocktails recipes. Here are three to get you started:
Blackberry rosemary spritzer
- In a small saucepan, add a pint of blackberries, ¾ cup of water, and a sprig of rosemary. Cook over medium heat for five minutes. Mash the berries with a utensil until they turn to juice. If needed, add more water.
- Allow the mixture to cool and strain it into a clean bowl. This step will require a fine mesh strainer and a large spoon.
- Divide beverage into two glasses filled with ice. Add 1 cup of seltzer to each and garnish with additional berries.
Bloody Mary mocktail
This alcohol-free version of the brunch classic uses heart-healthy low-sodium ingredients.
- Whisk together 2 cups of low-sodium tomato juice, the juice from half a lemon, 2 teaspoons of horseradish, 1 teaspoon of hot sauce, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce (reduced sodium), 1/8 teaspoon of ground celery seeds, and 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
- Divide the mixture into two glasses and garnish with a stalk of celery.
Mango-Pineapple margarita mocktail
Here’s a Margarita that does without the tequila, but packs a lot of vitamin C.
- In a blender, combine 1 cup of unsweetened pineapple juice, 1 banana, 2 cups of frozen mango chunks, and 1 cup of ice.
- Blend until smooth, adding water if needed to reach the desired consistency.
For more information on the benefits of abstaining from alcohol, read our post Your Dry January.