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.
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
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!