Delicious mocktail recipes to make at home during Dry January.
According to market research firm Morning Consult, around 15% of U.S. adults observed Dry January in 2023, with millennials leading the way. If you count yourself among those taking a break from alcohol this month or longer for whatever reason, consider some of these tasty mocktails that are easy enough to make right at home. What they lack in alcohol certainly gets made up for in flavor!
Fizzy Basil Lemonade Mocktail
If you're ready for the sunshine and overall bright vibes of summer, you may be waiting a little while longer. However, this refreshing and bubbly mocktail will make you forget snow is on the ground. Using lemonade, fresh basil, fresh lemon to garnish and some seltzer, you'll instantly be transported to sunnier days.
Nespresso Napoli Bitter Mocktail
This mocktail's ingredients will make you feel like you're jet-setting to Italy. And while it's not the same as the trendy espresso martini, stick with us. This recipe calls for two Nespresso pods (or two shots of your espresso of choice), vanilla syrup and Sanbitter—a mildly carbonated Italian soda with a bitter orange flavor and notes of grapefruit. Toss in a shaker, pour over ice and you're good to go!
Creamy Blood Orange Mocktail
Craving something a little creamier? Look no further. Spring has arrived early with this smooth citrus daydream of a mocktail. Made using fresh blood oranges, coconut milk, lime juice, maple syrup, club soda and a shredded coconut rim, you'll forget it's January all together.
Spicy Margarita Mocktail
A favorite among many, the margarita made in this recipe has been adapted to remove the tequila but add plenty in terms of flavor. Using three citrus flavor profiles (orange juice, grapefruit seltzer and lime juice), along with a homemade jalapeno simple syrup and Tajin seasoning rim, you'll hardly notice the missing alcohol.
Of course, if making your own mocktails isn't quite your jam and you'd rather leave it to the pros, check out this list of local establishments that make a mean mocktail.
Written by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for West Michigan Woman.