Are you doing dry January? If you are, well done – you are restructuring your relationship with alcohol and will learn how to drink more mindfully for the rest of the year. Now is the time to think about what you put into your body and spend time nourishing yourself.
Mocktails can be a great way to replace alcohol and focus on healthier and more nutritious alternatives. Ready to find some inspiration? Keep reading as we discuss the healthiest and most refreshing mocktails to kick off dry January and begin your journey towards better health.
Mojitos are known for their refreshing, zesty, and minty flavor. Well, if you’re doing dry January, you can enjoy the same refreshing taste – without the alcohol. A ginger no-jito is a healthy and nourishing alternative that makes you feel at the spa. Ginger is a powerful tool to detox your body, and the refreshing taste is entirely uplifting. You can enjoy this drink in the morning, evening, or at the beach!
Here’s our recipe for the ginger no-jito:
- Ginger ale
- Soda water
To make this drink, you’ll need to prepare your ginger by grating it finely and then pressing it in a sieve over your glass. This process will allow the oils and juices to pour into your glass – so you won’t swallow chunks of ginger while you drink!
Then, you can squeeze lime juice into your glass. One of the easiest ways to do this is to use a knife to half your lime and dig into the lime with a spoon. Twist the spoon into your halved lime, and the juice will pour into your glass. You might want to save some limes from placing into your glass for decorative purposes. Add your ginger ale, soda water, and mint, and hey, presto! You’ve got your ginger no-jito ready to go!
Strawberry Agua Fresca
You’ll love this alternative if you’re a fan of an occasional strawberry daiquiri. And so will your digestive system. This refreshing drink contains real strawberries, and the crushed ice gives you a healthy slushie alternative. To make this drink, you will need the following ingredients:
To create this recipe, you’ll need to soak your strawberries in sugar and water overnight. This will allow the strawberries to soften for your perfect smooth drink. Once your strawberries are ready, mix them with lime juice, ice, and mint. The ice will make your drink an ideal slushy consistency, and you’ll be able to serve it in a cocktail glass with mint to garnish. Don’t forget to enjoy and savor every sip of this drink!
Lemon And Basil Spritzer
A lemon and basil spritzer is just what you need to cool down on a hot summer’s day or feel invigorated after your morning workout! If you’re a fan of the Aperol Spritz, you can switch the lemon in this recipe for blood orange to get that sweet and tangy flavor. To make this recipe, you’ll need the following:
- Lemon and basil-infused water
- Sparkling water
- Sugar-free syrup
This recipe is straightforward to make. Simply cut up your lemons and basil, place them at the bottom of a jug, and press gently to release the flavors and juices. Then, add your ice, pour over your lemon and basil-infused water, and add some sparkling water or soda water to give the drink a little kick! This drink is refreshing and invigorating and can provide much more satisfaction than an alcoholic alternative. Just think about what all that fresh lemon is doing for your digestive system!
Sangria is delicious, but you won’t miss it with this sangria mocktail. You can sip away without worrying about a hangover or that dreaded “hangxiety” the next day. The flavors of grapes and fresh fruits combine in this drink for a rich, smooth, and refreshing flavor. Wine isn’t the only way to enjoy grapes in your drinks! To make this fantastic recipe, you’ll need the following:
- Grape juice
- Sparkling seltzer or non-alcoholic apple cider
Gather juice from your oranges, lemons, and limes to make this recipe. The acidity of these fruits will cut through the sweetness of grape juice to create a deeper flavor. Add slices of your oranges, lemons, and limes to finish the drink.
You can do a lot to cut back on your drinking. Even if you’re not doing dry January this year, you can cut out a few mid-week drinks and replace them with these delicious alternatives. Your body will thank you, and you’ll notice you feel less burnt out at the end of the week. So, what’s holding you back? Give these delicious recipes a go and start your journey towards more mindful drinking and better health!