All the Best Drinks for Dry January

Although it’s gotten its fair share of backlash, Dry January continues to gain traction, luring millions of participants each year. In fact, a recent poll by Morning Consult found that 13 percent of the 2,200 U.S. adult respondents reported they were participating in Dry January this year, an increase from previous years—despite all the reasons 2020 gave us to get sloshed.

A month of sobriety can help you kick off the New Year on a clearer, more refreshed note. But the main motivator for most is the slew of health benefits: According to a British Medical Journal study, a break from imbibing can lower blood pressure, reduce diabetes risk, and lower cholesterol, among other things. Going booze-free can also lead to better sleep, more energy, and even weight loss. Plus, you’ll probably save cash by not shelling out on craft cocktails.

There’s no right or wrong way to ease into Dry January. Some people go cold turkey, while others tiptoe in with more of a “damp” transition. But loyal participants claim a foolproof method is finding a few trusty, zero-proof stand-ins that you can turn to. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of excellent non-alcoholic drinks on the market.

Zero Proof Tequila Alternative by Ritual

Gone are the days of cheap tequila-induced hangovers. This golden-hued replacement expertly balances flavors of traditional agave, charred oak, and Mexican lime. With a pinch of heat and sprinkle of cracked sea salt, it shines in a booze-free margarita. Even more impressive, it’s the highest-ranking non-alcoholic spirit in the world, with a 94-point score from the Beverage Testing Institute.

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Alcohol-Free Sparkling Chardonnay by Noughty

Looking to raise a glass in celebration without breaking Dry January? Then get your hands on this bottle from Thompson & Scott. It’s certified organic, vegan, and halal, and has almost half the sugar of its competitors. Using grapes from southern Spain, the winemaking process takes place in stainless steel vats and removes the alcohol via vacuum distillation. It’s bright, crisp, and subtly sweet.

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Zero Alcohol Gin by Monday

Small-batched in California, Monday is a tasty but complex spirit that contains no alcohol, sugar, or carbs. A delightful combination of juniper, coriander, and cucumber, it provides a familiar base to recreate your favorite gin cocktail. Try mixing it with tonic, muddled basil, and an orange wheel for a revitalizing treat.

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Curious Elixir No. 3

Curious Elixirs has built a reputation for crafting some delicious alcohol-free bottled cocktails, but this particular expression is arguably the best. Made with ashwagandha (an herb often used in Ayurvedic medicine to improve energy and reduce stress), Curious No. 3 boasts a light floral palate with hints of fresh cucumber and lemon. Already mixed, you can enjoy it neat or over one large…

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