10 Easy Mocktail Recipes to Keep Going After Dry January
Sometimes you just want to drink out of a fancy glass, but without the side effects of consuming an alcoholic beverage. Dry January brings a new wave of sober-curious people each year. If that’s you, these easy mocktail recipes will have you feeling so refreshed that you won’t even miss the alcohol.
We spoke to dietitians to find out their favorite easy mocktail recipes they are loving right now. Mocktails can be anything from your favorite cocktail, sans alcohol, or it could be a totally new creation that feels fun to try.
We know that alcohol disrupts sleep, influences our mental health, and may affect the food choices you make as a result of being inebriated. So why not avoid all of those things with these easy mocktail recipes to keep your sober journey going after January?
1. Virgin Prune Juice Pineapple Sangria
Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, a plant-based dietitian in Stamford, Conn. has crafted a beautiful sangria recipe that highlights the deep purple hues from prune juice. This recipe delivers 2 grams of fiber per serving which is a huge boost considering that most beverages offer no fiber at all. Made with notes of orange, cherry, pineapple, and nectarine, this recipe delivers the essence of sangria without the buzz.
Try the recipe from Plant Based With Amy.
2. Sparkling Spiced Blood Orange Shrub
Anne Danahy, RDN and owner of Craving Something Healthy, says, “Pour a splash of this refreshing blood orange shrub syrup over sparkling water and ice for a delicious mocktail.”
If you have a bunch of extra oranges lying around, this recipe is the perfect way to use them up. With a balanced combination of sweet citrus, plus spice, this recipe for blood orange shrub syrup is the perfect way to top off sparkling water for a little more pizzazz.
Try the recipe from Craving Something Healthy.
3. Sparkling Pomegranate Mocktail with Fuyu Persimmon
Cindy Chou, RDN, chef and dietitian at Cancer Nutrition in a Bowl and The Sound of Cooking, crafted this beautiful Asian-inspired mocktail. Persimmons are the secret ingredient in this beautiful mocktail. The Japanese fruit comes to life with notes of pomegranate and Orange Blossom White Tea from POM Wonderful.
Try the recipe from Cancer Nutrition in a Bowl.
4. Sparkling Cranberry Lime Mocktail
Use up your holiday cranberries in this beautiful cranberry and lime sparkling mocktail. Created by Cassie Madsen, MS, RD of Gut Health and Nutrition, this recipe is low FODMAP and IBS friendly. Madsen says it’s “simple and delicious.”
Try the recipe from Gut Health and Nutrition.
5. Cinnamon Apple Cider Mocktail
Mackenzie Burgess, RDN and recipe developer at Cheerful Choices, shares a new take on apple cider that will have you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Sweetened with maple syrup, this easy mocktail recipe blends notes of tangy apple cider and cinnamon.
Try the recipe from Cheerful Choices.
6. Tropical Green Tea Mocktail
Gorin crafted this mocktail which contains all of our favorite tropical flavors: orange, lime, and passionfruit. Made with green tea, one serving is about half a cup of tea and does contain caffeine. We think this recipe would be a great afternoon pick-me-up when you need a boost.
Try the recipe from Plant Based with Amy.
7. Sparkling Strawberry Lime Mocktail
If you are a Trader Joe’s fiend, pick up their sparkling strawberry juice next time you are in the store. This mocktail is simply made with strawberry juice, club soda, and lime juice. We think kids will love it too!
- 4 oz Trader Joe’s Sparking Strawberry Juice
- 3 oz club soda
- 1-1.5 oz lime juice (can sub for 1/2 of a freshly squeezed lime)
Gianna Beasley, MS, RD, CPT says “combine all ingredients over ice, stir, and enjoy!”
8. Coconut Lime Mocktail
Coconut milk and club soda are having a moment together on TikTok. There is something about the creamy, bubbly combo that people are loving. This tropical beverage combines club soda, coconut milk, and lime juice for a fun twist on classic coconut cocktails.
- 4 oz club soda
- 2 oz coconut milk
- 1-2 oz lime juice (can sub for 1/2 of a freshly squeezed lime)
- For extra sweetness: add 1 tbsp of coconut syrup
To make, “combine all ingredients over ice in a shaker, shake for about 10 seconds, pour over ice, and top with fresh lime wedges,” says Beasley. “Enjoy!”
9. Gut-Friendly Kombucha Mule
Julie Balsamo, MS, RDN, a gut health dietitian & owner of Nutrition By Julie, shares a simple twist on a Moscow Mule. This gut-friendly kombucha-themed drink offers a refreshing take on a Moscow Mule using ginger kombucha instead of ginger beer. You’ll get a hefty dose of gut-boosting probiotics to boot.
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
- Juice from 1/2 lime
- 1 cup ginger kombucha
- 1-2 slices of lime
- Fresh mint or rosemary (optional)
Balsamo says, “In a shaker, combine the ice, lime juice, and kombucha. Shake & pour into a glass. Garnish with lime and herbs, and enjoy!”
10. Tart Cherry Juice Mocktail
Not only is this tart cherry juice mocktail delicious, but it’s also perfect for exercise recovery and improving sleep quality. A blend of tart cherry juice, orange juice, and lime brings this one together for a mocktail that you will love no matter what time of year it is.
- 2 oz tart cherry juice
- 4 oz no sugar added orange juice
- Juice of half a lime
- Top off with sparkling water of choice
“I love this tart cherry juice mocktail for recovery and as a replacement for wine to assist with sleep,” says Taylor Grasso, MPPD, RD.
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