You made it through 2020 and now you just have to make it through Dry January. You are almost there but if you are feeling a bit over it at this point, try some of these alternative beverages or mocktails to keep you going strong.
A non-alcoholic beer could do wonders for your craving. There are plenty of options out there depending on what kind of beer you usually like to drink. If you miss that crisp, cold quench of a lager hitting your throat Heineken 0.0 will do the trick. Check out their website for some motivation from fellow Dry January participants. Brooklyn Brewery Special Effects is there for the IPA lovers with its bright hop aromas and crisp flavors. For the wheat beer lovers, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Alkoholfrei gives the same refreshing hints of clove and citrus and is just as drinkable as the real deal.
Perhaps liquor is your choice. Ritual non-alcoholic beverages taste, smell and feel like the real thing. The recipes for these beverages are a labor of love. They took over a year and hundreds of iterations to perfect. You could simply mix the tequila, whiskey or gin alternative with soda, tonic or seltzer, or try one of their delicious recipes listed on the website.
If you want to get a little more creative and be your own bartender, you could whip a mocktail at home with everyday items from your kitchen. What better time to practice making your own purees and syrups? Here are a few recipes to try:
CUCUMBER GIMLET— Muddle 4-5 slices of cucumber. Add 1 ounce of lime juice and 1 ounce of simple syrup and shake with ice. Strain over a Meltdown Ice Ball, top with sparkling water and garnish with a cucumber wheel.
TURMERIC TONIC— Peel and chop a 2” piece of turmeric and a 2” piece of ginger. Puree in a blender with 3 tablespoons of agave, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and 1/3 cup of water. Pour over ice and top with sparkling water. Add a little cayenne pepper if you like a kick.
WATERMELON MARGARITA— Cut a seedless watermelon into chucks and puree in a blender until you have 4 cups. Add 1/2 cup of lime juice and 4 teaspoons of agave and blend again. Pour into a glass and top with sparkling water. This one is great to share with the kids.
MANGO MULE— Muddle 4-5 slices of cucumber with 1 ounce of honey. Add 1.5 ounces of mango puree and 1.5 ounces of lime juice then shake with ice. Pour over crushed ice in a copper mug and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wedge.
TODDY— For something warm, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil. Remove from heat and add 6 jasmine green tea bags, 3/4 cup of honey and 6 mint sprigs, cover and let sit for 8 minutes. Remove tea bags and mint and add fresh juice from 4 lemons. Garnish with a lemon wheel and mint sprig.
You are doing great, keep it going! Dry January has so many health benefits, as do a lot of the ingredients in these mocktails. You are building habits to carry into February and beyond. Turn to these alternatives throughout the year when you need a little break from alcohol.