December 7, 2023

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Best mocktails and non-alcoholic drinks for ‘Dry January’ 2023

Raise a glass to finishing out 2022, and then put it back down again for the rest of January.

Many are hoping to participate in the month known as “Dry January” this year, which is 31 whole days of no alcohol following one of the booziest months of the year.

Honestly, the last two years have been pretty drunken, given the state of the world. According to a study by the National Institute of Health, there are many pandemic-related reasons why people have been turning to the hard stuff during these hard times.

“This may have been due to increased stress, loss of daily structure, greater time availability, or boredom,” reads the study.

An NYU article from January 2021 confirmed this, and correlated an uptick in drinking to those coping with anxiety and depression, creating a self-reporting survey of Americans in which 29 percent reported an increase in their alcohol use during the pandemic.

In addition to learning other healthy coping mechanisms and seeking help for serious drinking dependencies, for those that want to try alternative beverages sans alcohol, there are many companies out there ready to toast to that idea.

Aside from the health benefits of laying off alcohol for a bit, non-alcoholic drinks are perfect for pregnant people who want a fancy drink, under-21 folks who want to celebrate with their older peers and those who are the designated drivers of the group, to name a few.

Whether you want to quit alcohol cold turkey or just have a glass or two less per week, these tasty mocktails, bubbly beverages and non-alcoholic beers will get you through “Dry January” feeling healthier and we hope happier, too.

A bottle of alcohol-free tequila and a margarita
Ritual Zero Proof

Create a new ritual this year with non-alcoholic versions of your favorite spirits.

Ritual Zero Proof makes non-boozy dupes of tequila, rum, whiskey and gin, allowing you to craft almost any cocktail with none of the alcohol. A single bottle of each costs just $30, while a subscription will save you some cash, at $27 for a 750ml bottle.

A bottle of red Ghia non-alcoholic drink

Don’t be bitter about going alcohol free when you have Ghia around.

This bitter-tasting aperitif is a great alternative to the hard stuff, made with notes of citrus, ginger and other botanicals. Choose the Le Spritz soda ($60 for 12) for a carbonated drink or the classic Ghia Aperitif ($38) for a beautiful amber bottle to mix or enjoy on the rocks.

Our Review: I tried the classic OG Ghia and found it to be the closest thing to a ginger ale with more herbaceous notes. It is on the more floral and punchy side, so for those who want something a bit closer to a gin and tonic, add tonic water, lime juice and even some water for a great mixed drink.

A brown bottle of non-alcoholic drink and an orange and pomegranate next to it
Curious Elixirs

Does sober drinking have you curious? Satisfy that curiosity with Curious Elixirs.

The drink brand currently has a lineup of six different non-alcoholic concoctions, including drinks inspired by a Negroni, a Dark and Stormy, a Blood Orange Spritz and more, starting at $40 per set of four bottles or a subscription at $36 per pack of four.

A bucket with four cans of Spirity non-alcoholic cocktails

Raise your spirits with a drink that is alcohol free but full of the flavors you love.

Spirity Cocktails are sold on Amazon in their four bestselling flavors: Mindful Mule, Mindful Negroni, Mindful Margarita and Mindful Apricot Sour. They are mindful, as they don’t contain any alcohol and are all 40 calories or less, making for a guilt-free way to sip through the year.

A clear and green bottle of zero-proof gin
The Whiskey Exchange

If you crave a gin and tonic but hate the hangover, try this next time.

Ceder’s has a new way to enjoy the botanical taste of gin without any of the alcohol, due to their distilling technology and proprietary recipe. They come in three different flavors including a classic one, a juniper-forward Crisp flavor and a more spicy and woody Wild drink, each sold on the Better Rhodes website for $23 each.

Four bottles of Lyre's non-alcoholic drinks on a blue background with a gold ribbon

For a fully stocked bar cart with none of the alcohol, Lyre’s has you covered and then some.

Not only are the bottles extremely aesthetically pleasing to look at, they come in an expansive range of flavors that any home-mixologist would go crazy for. Browse their selection and stock up on non-alcoholic spritzes, malts, aperitifs and more, each $35.99 for the 750ml size bottle.

Three clear bottles of non-alcoholic spirits with ginger, flowers and other ingredients
Optimist Drinks

We’re optimistic you can stick to your goal of not drinking as much, especially with these bottles at home.

Optimist Drinks is a beautiful botanical brand that we can’t wait to share with you. The beverages are not only alcohol free but also sugar free and calorie free, so you can drink and mix to your heart’s content. They come in three different flavors including the citrus-focused Bright, wild-herbs and anise flavored Fresh and a smoky and spicy blend aptly called Smokey, each sold for $35 for 500ml.

Three bottles of non-alcoholic bourbon, tequila and gin
Free Spirits

Be wild and free, without the temptation of alcohol.

Free Spirits are just that — an alcohol-free spirit inspired by bourbon, tequila or gin bit with none of the booze. Each flavor comes in a 750ml size for $37, or get all three for a discount, currently on sale for $99.

Two bottles of yellow and pink non-alcoholic bubbly wine

Here’s to you, 2023.

Raise a non-alcoholic glass of bubbly to the folks at Töst, who sells their twelve-pack of sparkling deliciousness on Food52 for $99. Get a rosé and a champagne-inspired drink, both made from tea and other botanicals and fruits to achieve the dry and bubbly taste of the classic drink without the headache afterward.

A green and white bottle of alcohol-free brut champagne

Set yourself free from alcohol, but don’t sacrifice your after-dinner glass of wine.

Fre is an alcohol-free line of wine from Sutter Home, now sold in an array of flavors at Drizly. They have the full wine cellar available in zero-proof options, including a sparking brut for celebrations, chardonnay, merlot, cabernet, rosé and more.

An array of non-alcoholic beers

Beer lovers, here’s something for you.

More than something, rather, as Gruvi makes an IPA, a pale ale and a stout all 100% alcohol-free. They even have a Variety Pack, which comes with a four pack of each of the beers listed above, as well as a four pack of rosé and a four pack of Prosecco for the wine-lovers, all zero-proof and all for $76 total.

A selection of six alcohol-free beer cans
Better Rhodes

Why have hair of the dog when Hairless Dog tastes just as great without the hangover?

Sample this zero-proof beer and more with the Better Rhodes Staff Favorite pack, coming with six different non-alcoholic beers in a six or a 12 pack to share with buddies, starting at just $20. The selections are made by the team at Better Rhodes, which specializes in alcohol free wine, beer and spirits for a better road into 2023.

Four cans of colorful mocktail mixes, a jigger and shaker and a recipe book

Bringing a bottle of wine to a party is old news. Bring this non-alcoholic mocktail set to your next gathering and be the star of the show.

The kit is sold on Amazon for $55 and comes with four different flavors of Wildwonder probiotic sparkling drinks, that also make amazing mixers for those who do choose to drink or to combine with any of the zero-proof spirits from above. The set also comes with a silver jigger, shaker, muddler and a recipe book to help inspire their next favorite mocktail.

A green and yellow can

This recess is for adults only!

The CBD and adaptogen beverage company now has a margarita in the mix. For fans of the classic lime and agave flavors but not the alcohol that typically comes with it, this marg is for you. The drink also contains broad-spectrum hemp, ginseng and lemon balm.

Our review: Recess drinks are a bubbly way to cheers without the alcohol! I personally love the Recess Sampler, with the Pomegranate Hibiscus being my top choice. They are light on the stomach and a great party drink to have in hand when not drinking alcohol.

A bottle of zero proof vodka

Being clean doesn’t have to be hard.

Especially with CleanCo drinks, as they mimic the real thing but without the alcohol. Better yet, they are also clean from sugar and sweeteners and are vegan, gluten-free and low calorie. Pick your poison on Amazon, with options for vodka, gin, tequila and rum alternatives, starting at $30 for the 750ml bottle and stunning packaging.

A pyramid of beer cans
Athletic Brewing Co.

No one wants to do anything athletic with a beer belly!

That’s why Athletic Brewing Co. has non-alcoholic brews for you to try this January and beyond. The company is based out of Stratford, CT but ships nationwide. Take a look at the Give Dry A Try Bundle for Dry January, with 36 beers for $70, shipping out the week of Dec. 19 so it can arrive by the first of the new year.

Three bottles of non-alcoholic drinks
Drink Monday

This is the type of drink you can have Monday through Friday and into the weekend, no hangovers here.

Monday is a non-alcoholic spirit, made to mimic traditional alcohol flavors but without the booze. Their range includes gin, whiskey, mezcal and more, and in addition to the classic spirits, they also sell cocktail kits and flavors like a whiskey hot toddy and a gin bee’s knees kit.

three bottles and mocktails

Calling all tonic lovers — here’s something to sip on besides gin.

Seedlip are delicious and herbaceous non-alcoholic mixers, made to be enjoyed with tonic and a garnish or two. The thee flavors include Spice 94 for a woodsy taste, Garden 108 for a more herbal take and Grove 42 for citrus lovers. They can be found at Food52 and retail for $40 each.

Three bottles
De Soi

If you’re “Hot ‘n Cold” when it comes to alcohol, don’t let this brand be “The One That Got Away.”

If you couldn’t tell already, this non-alcoholic bubbly brand was founded by Katy Perry herself, alongside partner Morgan McLachlan. The drinks are made to be used for toasts to replace champagne, or just a sweet, bubbly treat to enjoy sans alcohol. The Variety Pack includes all three flavors: Golden Hour, Champignon Dreams and Purple Lune for $70 total or $60 when you subscribe.

A four pack of mini rose
Total Wine

Now you really can rosé all day with this zero-proof option.

The Wolffer Estate Petite Rosé bottles mimic the larger and alcoholic kind with the stunning packaging and blush pink color. However, these mini bottles are actually filled with apple cider for a non-alcoholic drink any time.

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