Dry January is picking up steam. So many friends have mentioned they’re totally cutting the booze this month, and even those of us who are still imbibing from time to time may be opting for a more moderate approach. People have all kinds of reasons for not drinking this month (if at all), and sobriety today has been rebranded from “having a problem” to being one choice in support of a healthy lifestyle. And lots of bars and restaurants are taking note, offering up innovative, not-too-sweet drink menus with zero alcohol, since sipping water with lemon gets realllly boring.
Herbal infusions, vinegar-based shrubs, bitters, fresh fruit and vegetable juices – all of these make a mocktail feel worthy of cheersing with your favorite people, no hangover included.Since I’m definitely welcoming some cozy non-alcoholic nights this January – but don’t want to give up the relaxing vibes at the end of a workday – Adam and I have been experimenting with some booze-free drinks that trick us into feeling like we’re drinking.
Lesson 1: A stemmed glass and pretty garnish go a long way. Lesson 2: The simple act of taking time to measure your ingredients and prepare it with care is what makes your mocktail feel like an occasion.Read on for my favorite drinks to mix up if I’m not drinking alcohol. top image: Culinary Hill