How to have a successful

Dry January

The buzz about alcohol-free drinking.

As the new year begins, many individuals embark on a journey known as Dry January, a month-long commitment to abstain from alcohol consumption. Numerous health benefits that accompany a break from drinking, and with so many new ways to substitute your favorite bevies, it can be a fun adventure exploring some refreshing alternatives to traditional alcoholic beverages.

Health Benefits of Dry January

Physical Well-being: Giving your body a break from alcohol can lead to improved physical health. It allows the liver to recover, reduces inflammation, and contributes to better overall organ function.

Mental Clarity: Abstaining from alcohol can lead to enhanced mental clarity and improved cognitive function. It provides an opportunity to evaluate one’s relationship with alcohol and gain a fresh perspective on life.

Quality Sleep: Alcohol can disrupt sleep patterns, leading to restless nights. By abstaining from drinking, individuals often experience improved sleep quality and wake up feeling more rested.

Weight Management: Alcoholic beverages are often high in calories and cutting them out can contribute to weight loss or weight maintenance. Additionally, people tend to make healthier food choices when not under the influence.

What to Drink Instead:

Sparkling Water with Citrus: A refreshing and hydrating option, sparkling water with a splash of lemon, lime, or orange can mimic the fizzy and zesty qualities of a cocktail, while being a lot more hydrating.

Herbal Teas: Explore a variety of herbal teas for a comforting and soothing experience. From chamomile to peppermint, herbal teas offer diverse flavors without the need for alcohol. Serve hot or cold, of course!

Mocktails: Get creative with non-alcoholic versions of your favorite cocktails. Combine fruit juices, soda, and garnishes to craft delicious mocktails that mimic the taste of traditional mixed drinks. We have a recipe here for a tequila-free mule mocktail (you won’t miss the booze!).


Non-Alcoholic Spirits: We offer a growing selection of non-alcoholic spirits on our shelves, offering alternatives that closely resemble the taste of their alcoholic counterparts. Brands like Best Day Brewing, Guinness and Sierra Nevada offer a real-beer experience. Zilch NA wines can sub in for your daily wine ritual and Ritual Zero Proof offers sophisticated alternative to hard alcohol.

Mocktail Bases: Consider using non-alcoholic bases like virgin margarita or virgin mojito mixers or recipes as a foundation for crafting alcohol-free cocktails. Add sparkling water, a sprig of fresh herbs and ice.

Flavored Water Infusions: Infuse water with natural flavors like cucumber, mint, berries, or ginger for a refreshing and alcohol-free hydration option.

By planning ahead, you can anticipate potential social situations that may be challenging for sticking to a month-long challenge. Prioritize exercise, mindfulness and other self-care routines to help enhance your well-being this month.