What to Drink During Dry January

December 29, 2021

With Dry January right around the corner, you may be asking yourself what to replace that holiday cocktail with at your next party of the season. Don’t worry - we’ve got you covered. While you put in the effort to better your mental health, physical state, and overall well-being during your month-long booze break, we’ll lay out some great-tasting, alcohol-free drink alternatives. 

Homemade Creations

1. Cran-Raspberry Martini

Created by dietician Lara Metz, this mocktail mimics a combination of a cosmo and a martini - minus the vodka, of course. All you’ll need is 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice, ½ cup of your favorite raspberry seltzer or sparkling water, a splash of all-natural cranberry juice or juice cocktail, and 1 tablespoon of crushed raspberries. To make the drink simply combine the first three ingredients and pour them into a martini glass. Slide a couple of raspberries on a toothpick to garnish, and voila!

2. Virgin Sangria

Sangria is a drink perfect for all seasons. In the summer, it’s refreshing, cool, and sweet. In the winter, it’s still all of those things - but a simple addition of a cinnamon garnish can give it a bit of holiday spice, too! With this recipe, you can let the fruit be the star and get creative with your ingredient combinations. We suggest cranberries, orange slices, and rosemary for the holiday season.

3. Moscow Mule Mocktail

With a spiced ginger flavor, a Moscow Mule is an excellent drink choice for your next winter get-together. This recipe requires minimal changes to the original - just swap out the vodka for soda water. 

4. The Sweet Adeline

This warm and calming drink recipe from Spruce Eats is the perfect way to spice up your next after-dinner beverage. It’s prime for a cold evening and only has five ingredients including black tea, cinnamon, and pomegranate juice making for a simple and soothing nighttime sip.

5. Virgin Bloody Mary

There’s something about the flavor profile of a Bloody Mary that compliments a chilly winter morning. Whether you’re watching the game or gathered around the fire with family or friends, try skipping the vodka to make this delicious virgin bloody recipe

From the Market

Don’t feel like putting together a drink yourself? Here is a list of pre-made and certified alcohol-free, refreshing drinks to try. The best part? They’re just a quick trip to the store or click online away.

1. Recess Sparkling Water

With options like blackberry chai, peach ginger, and pomegranate hibiscus, Recess's beautifully packaged beverages are infused with booze-free flavors of fun.

2. Athletic Brewing Company

Beer lovers, rejoice! IPAs like Athletic Brewing Company’s Run Wild is a refreshing blend of Northwest hops - for only 70 calories a can. That’s your favorite canned drink, minus the hangover, plus a couple of extra calories to put towards a holiday dessert. Find Athletic Brewing Company in a store near you, here.

3. Ariel Cabernet

More of a vino person? This red can be found at Total Wine and is less than 0.5% alcohol by volume. It is rich in color and flavor and offers notes of chocolate, oak, and fruits like blueberries and blackberries.

It’s no crime to want to relax after a long day with a glass of wine - especially in 2021. Recent research shows that adults in the United States drank alcohol 14% more during the pandemic than they did before. 

In the New Year, try taking a break from alcohol to create a healthier environment for your mind, body, and soul. It can be a difficult task, but by downloading the Oberit app to help you start forming lasting, healthy habits backed by science (and by experimenting with some of these tasty recipes) we know you’ll be successful. And remember, we’re all in this together. You can’t spell delicious without “us”!

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