Our Favorite Mocktails for Dry January
You really don’t need alcohol to have fun.
As the new year rings in resolutions, you may be brave enough to take on one of the trendiest challenges of 2024: Dry January—31 days without alcohol. Whether you’re looking to boost your health, calm your mind, or just slow down, we have the mocktail recipes to get you through the month.
Alcohol Change UK officially started the Dry January campaign in 2013, and it’s become more popular each year. In 2023, 15% of U.S. adults—260 million Americans—pledged to participate in the sober month. The desire for a physical and mental reset happens to coincide with an increase in alcohol consumption. Since the late 1990s, alcohol intake in the U.S. has risen steadily. Pew Research estimates that, in 2021, the average American aged 21 or older consumed 603 standard drinks, and per-capita consumption tends to be even higher in the West.
That’s not to say we should all go cold turkey, but Dry January can be a refreshing break, especially after the booze-heavy holidays. And there are the health benefits, of course. Research shows that even a brief break from alcohol can lead to weight loss, better sleep, improved mood and energy levels, and increased physical activity due to more energy.
But Alcohol Change UK says the real magic happens when Dry January is over. The sober month can actually help people be healthier drinkers year-round. “Being alcohol-free for 31 days shows us that we don’t need alcohol to have fun, to relax, or to socialize,” says the Alcohol Change UK website. “It helps us learn the skills we need to manage our drinking.”
If you’re in need of a nonalcoholic pick-me-up this month, try any of our favorite mocktail recipes—and keep them handy for healthier drinking habits all year long.