Elegant Mocktails to Kick off Dry January
Dry January is a concept that is unthinkable by many. It is the practice of eliminating alcohol for the first month of the New Year. Many can’t picture completely cutting out alcohol for an entire month, however, there are numerous health benefits of cutting out alcohol, even if it is temporary. Alcohol is known to cause dehydration, inflammation. and reduced collagen levels that can increase signs of aging.
Here are twists on familiar drinks that will allow you to add a little elegance to your gatherings without adding the extra calories, or suffering negative effects on your health. When you take a break from alcohol, you will notice improvements in your mood, weight loss, better sleep, lower blood pressure, and reduced cholesterol, and clearer skin. These recipes will have you kicking off Dry January the right way and make you forget their alcoholic counterparts.
Virgin Cuban Mojito
This recipe uses Ritual’s all-natural non-alcoholic rum as a healthier alcohol substitute without the extra calories. This rum substitute gives your mojito notes of warm vanilla, toasted spice, and velvety decadence of dark rum. It is specially crafted to replace traditional rum this is made for cocktails and is not meant to be consumed straight or neat.
Muddler (or wooden spoon)
- 2 teaspoons of simple syrup or fine sugar
- 6 to 8 fresh mint leaves for muddling
- 2 to 3 ounces club soda
- 1 lime
- 2 ounces Ritual Non-Alcoholic Rum Alternative
- Mint sprig, for garnish
Blueberry Ginger Basil Cooler
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups blueberries
- Juice of half a lemon
- 6 slices fresh ginger
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 sprigs basil
- 8 oz club soda
Frozen Peach Bellini Mocktail
The best Peach Bellini’s can undoubtedly be found at Cipriani’s. In fact, the first Bellini was poured in the summer of 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder, and barman of the legendary Harry’s Bar in Venezia. Located just off the Grand Canal, the iconic bar was frequented by the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Truman Capote, and Ernest Hemingway (Eataly). However, when you are partaking in Dry January and seeking to ditch the alcohol, this frozen peach bellini is a fabulous alternative.
- 1 ½ cups fresh or frozen peaches peeled and pitted, about the equivalent of 3 peaches
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 ¼ cups club soda
- Fresh slices of peach for garnish