Tasty Mocktail Beverages to Bring in the New Year!

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Mocktail beverages and January seem to go hand in hands these days. It wasn’t until recently that I’d even heard the term Dry January. It sounds depressing right? I am not ever interested in detoxing the fun out of life. If I’m going to skip cocktails for a month, it has to be fun.

Mocktails for a Dry January

The top of the year gets us all thinking about a restart. There are some who are leaning into a plant-based diet by participating in Veganuary. Cleaning up finances is also on the list. Finding a new love before Valentine’s Day is a focus. And yes, some people have decided not to consume alcohol for 31 days. So it’s all about the mocktail!

Alcohol free mocktail in a mason jar with mint garnish
Grapefruit Soda, Mint, Lime and Agave are combined for a refreshing beverage.

Making your own mocktails can be fun and you can let your creativity run wild. Don’t forget to use different styles of glasses and use fruit and veggies to give your creations an interesting look. I used to be a bartender and I loved making up drinks for the kids at the bar mitzvahs. The Shirley Temple which is made with ginger ale and grenadine was my go to but now I’m having fun with new flavors.

I personally love the Paloma. It’s a drink traditionally made with tequila and grapefruit soda. My mocktail version is a Pure Paloma. It skips the alcohol and doubles up on the flavor by adding extra lime juice and agave syrup to the mix. You can try my recipe below and check out some of my favorite mocktails from around the web. (I am not paid by the companies below)

From Around the Web

Ritual Tequila Alternative

Sip Cozy- Hemp Infused Rose

Curious Elixirs Booze Free Cocktails

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