In 2013 a craze started in the UK for an alcohol-free January for people to take a month of reflection on a person’s drinking habits and their effect on someone’s health.  

Being a non-drinker and someone who likes to order a “mocktail” from time to time, I thought I would share some easy and fun at home drinks for those participating in #dryjanuary. I have learned that drinking alcohol-free, or “AF” as it is known, is not just about a Shirley Temple or Virgin Daiquiri. These mocktails would also be wonderful for expecting moms who are not drinking.

Cranberry Basil Sangria “AF”

3 c. cranberry juice

Juice of 1 orange (about 1/2 c.)

1 (12-oz.) can seltzer

1 orange, sliced

1 apple, cored and sliced

1/3 c. frozen cranberries

1/4 c. packed basil leaves


In a large pitcher, combine cranberry juice, orange juice, and seltzer. Add fruit and basil and stir to combine. Pour over ice to serve.

Alcohol-free Sangria
Alcohol-free Sangria

Blushing Arnold Palmer

Lemonade and Iced Tea with a splash of grenadine

“AF” Purple Punch

5 mint leaves, plus more for garnish

6 blueberries, plus more for garnish

3 lemon wheels, plus more for garnish


Red Bull Purple Edition Sugarfree 

2oz Lemonade

In a glass, muddle mint, blueberries, and lemon wheels. Add ice. Add 8oz Red Bull Purple Edition Sugarfree to 2oz fresh lemonade, and stir with a bar spoon. Garnish with more mint leaves, blueberries, and lemon wheels and serve.

In addition, there are several companies that sell alcohol-free spirits other than ginger beer and kombucha.

Here is a short list:

There are many benefits to not drinking, great skin, restful sleep, no hangovers, and weight loss. Maybe this is a catalyst for more AF days ahead?

I have been AF for almost 11 years now and am always in the mood for a good mocktail. In fact, I have made it a quest to find who has the best menu for mocktails in town. Who wants to join me?

With only a couple of weeks remaining, I wish everyone participating in #dryjanuary good luck!





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