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Dry January-Mocktails!

January 12, 2021

It’s the second week of January and I wanted to share some mocktails that I’ve been enjoying this month. After the holiday season I always try to cut back on alcohol, sweets and heavy meals. Do a bit of a reset for my body. This year, I especially wanted to cut back on the alcohol because well….2020. I wasn’t throwing back a 4 pack or a bottle of wine every day but definitely drinking more than I usually do. So I decided I would join the Dry January challenge. Which, in other words, means no alcohol for the entire month! I’ve been doing great and it’s been easier than I thought it would be. Are you participating in Dry January? Or maybe youโ€™re just looking to enjoy a booze free beverage or two ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are some mocktails that I’ve been enjoying this month.

Raspberry Lime Spritzer

This mocktail has a nice tartness to it which I love. If you would like to sweeten it up a bit you can add a bit of sugar or sweetener of your choice while pureeing the raspberries. Simple syrup can also be added to your drink if you have some in the fridge!

Ingredients:

  • pint raspberries
  • Seltzer water
  • One lime
  • sweetener of your choice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Puree raspberries in a food processor or blender until smooth. If there are still a lot of seeds pour through a mesh strainer.
  2. Pour one bottle of seltzer slowly into a pitcher or large measuring cup. Spoon half of the raspberry puree into the seltzer. Stir slowly until combined.
  3. Pour into a glass filled with ice. Stir in a squeeze of lime juice.
  4. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make a second glass.

Faux Cosmo

Sex and the City is coming back with a limited season on HBO Max. Yay! This is a cosmo that would even get Carrie’s seal of approval.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon 100% cranberry juice (not cran cocktail but the real deal)
  • 1/2 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2 oz or 1/4 cup seltzer or tonic
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Agave syrup or honey (to taste)

Directions:

Place all ingredients (except club soda) into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Pour into a traditional martini glass, slowly stir in club soda and garnish with a slice of lime.

Cucumber T no G

Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber
  • High Quality Tonic water like Fever Tree or Fentiman’s. ( I love the elderberry Fever Tree)
  • Optional Splash of fruit juice of choice

Directions:

Slice the cucumber, either in round discs or long ribbons. Ribbons can be easily made with a vegetable peeler. Fill your glass with ice, insert cucumbers and add your tonic water. Easy peasy!

Minty Lime Spritz

Super refreshing! I’ve sipped these poolside but they are a perfect mocktail any time of year.

Ingredients:

  • 7-8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 lime, freshly squeezed
  • Soda water
  • Lime wedge and 2-3 fresh mint leaves for garnishing

Directions:

Muddle the mint leaves and add to a tall glass. Fill a glass halfway with ice cubes. Add lime juice and top up with soda water. Garnish with a lime wedge and some more fresh mint leaves.

Grapefruit Ginger Spritzer

This recipe that I found on Lauren Caris Cooks hits the spot when you’re looking for that punch of ginger. I love a ginger brew cocktail because it has a nice bite to it.

Ingredients:

  • Ginger brew /beer/ale (I LOVE Maine Root ginger brew it has a nice bite to it)
  • Grapefruit Juice

Directions:

Fill a tall glass with ice and fill 1/3 full with grapefruit juice. Top up the remaining 2/3 with ginger brew. Voila!

Are you participating in Dry January? I’d love to hear about some of the concoctions you’ve been mixing up! I’m hoping to continue my mocktail consumption even after January is over. Between glasses of wine of course ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cheers!

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