It’s National Mocktail Week which appropriately falls during Dry January. I never personally like fully cutting myself off of anything – especially booze, chocolate or cheese. But I can definitely get on board with saving a little money after the holidays and kickstarting some healthy habits. Whether or not you are participating in Dry January, there is definitely less risk of derailing your diet or accidentally spending your whole paycheck on shots (not that I’ve ever done that) if you’re enjoying more beverages at home. And evidenced by the gym attendance already beginning to taper off, mid January is when sticking to your January 1 vows starts to become tough. That’s why I know you probably need some awesome recipes to keep you on track. So these are some of my favorite mocktails and Low-ABV cocktails because sometimes less can be more. Not always. But sometimes.
Mocktail – The Vir-Gin Gin Lover
This juniper cucumber mocktail is made for you gin and tonic lovers. The juniper simple syrup add depth to this simple sipper and I swear you’ll barely even notice the gin’s missing.
The Vir-Gin Gin Lover
- 3 cucumber slices
- 1/2 oz juniper simple syrup
- 1/2 oz Cocktail Artist Lime Juice
- Sparkling water
Juniper Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tablespoon crushed juniper berries
Muddle cucumber slices, juniper simple syrup and lime juice in a tall glass. Fill the glass with ice and top with sparkling water. Stir and enjoy!
Juniper Simple Syrup
Add all ingredients to a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Allow to cool and strain into a jar.
Mocktail – The Green Mile
This refreshing mocktail features mint, kiwi and lime. It’s the perfect booze-free drink if you love a mojito.
The Green Mile
- Half a kiwi, peeled⠀
- 3 mint leaves ⠀
- 1/2 oz honey simple syrup⠀
- Juice of half lime⠀⠀
- Club soda
Gently muddle the kiwi, mint and honey simple syrup in a glass. Add lime juice and fill the glass with ice. Top with club soda and stir.
Low-ABV Cocktail – Citrus & Spice
This low-proof cocktail lacks in ABV but is definitely not missing any flavor. The spiced liqueur pairs perfectly with the fresh citrus and citrus kombucha!
Citrus & Spice
- 2 slices grapefruit
- Pinch turmeric
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 oz Malabar Spiced Liqueur
- Citrus kombucha
Add grapefruit, turmeric and lime juice to a glass. Gently muddle. Add spiced liqueur and fill the glass with ice. Fill the glass with kombucha. Stir and enjoy!
Low-ABV Cocktail – Sweet Pea
This low-proof cocktail is almost too pretty to drink. That’s because the butterfly pea tea and pink coconut water blend to make the most gorgeous shade of purple. If you’re looking for a low-ABV cocktail you can feel good about drinking, this one checks all the boxes.
- 3/4 oz gin
- 1/2 oz butterfly pea flower tea
- Juice of half a meyer lemon
- Coconut water
Fill a glass with ice and all the ingredients. Mix it up with a straw and enjoy!