Dry January recipes for the books

Spice up your winter drinks, sans alcohol

With the new year comes New Year's resolutions and aspirations to be your healthiest self yet. We don’t condone it—we applaud it. To help you with your Dry January efforts, here are our top mocktail recipes to stir up this season. Whether you're planning a party, thinking about how to plan a party... or simply wanting to enjoy a delicious sip, we've got you.

Pro Tip: Put your serving glasses in the freezer ahead of time for these. They add to the effect of pouring a fresh mocktail, sure to impress.

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1. Cranberry Spritz

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Regardless of holiday season or not, cranberries are a go-to winter ingredient. They add just the right amount of bite that keeps you bundled and cuddled all season long.


How to make

  1. Pour all the ingredients beside the Q Grapefruit over ice into a cocktail shaker.
  2. You know the drill: Shake, shake, shake.
  3. Strain your mocktail into an iced glass.
  4. Top off with a splash of Q Grapefruit.
  5. Stir well and garnish.

Pro Tip: Garnish with mint leaves, a sprig of rosemary, a cinnamon stick, a slice of grapefruit, or—wait for it—real live cranberries.

2. Cute-cumber Tonic

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Nothing says fresh (and less side effects than a G&T) more than this crisp sip.


  • 1.5 parts club soda
  • 4-5 slices of muddled cucumber
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1 part simple syrup

How to make

  1. Mix all ingredients together and shake with ice.
  2. Serve over crushed ice in a rocks glass.
  3. Garnish with a rolled cucumber slice.

Pro Tip: Add a twist with a stalk of lavender, sprinkle in rose petals, or infuse with lavender tea (brewed prior and chilled).

3. Cozy Hot Cocoa

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While it’s cold outside, you know you’ve got to make the most of stovetop beverages. Stir this one up with unique fixings to rethink your classic hot cocoa. Or, check out our hot cocoa bar.


To serve 4

  • 4 cups milk (preferably 2% or whole milk)
  • 4 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1-2 tbsp honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Options to add:
  • ~Hot brewed coffee
  • ~Marshmallows
  • ~Caramel syrup
  • ~Lyre’s American Malt
  • ~If you’re feeling spicy: a pinch of cinnamon or even cayenne

How to make

  1. In a saucepan, mix the milk, cacao powder, syrup or honey to taste (1-2 tsp to start), vanilla, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Whisk together until smooth.
  3. Heat saucepan over medium and bring to a simmer, whisking often. Keep it from boiling.
  4. Take a little taste test—if you opt for sweeter, whisk in a touch more honey.
  5. Serve warm.

Pro Tip: Stir this one family-style in a soup pot on your stove to offer a cozy welcome drink to warm up your guests.

Pro Tip II: Invite your guests to bring their favorite mug over. Don’t we all love the way our happiest mug makes us feel? 

Stir them, shake them up, and have yourself a wonderful time. Whether mixing these at home or with friends for an alternative to alcohol, these give you the feel of a celebratory drink…without the aftermath of a headache.

Oh, and if you want to ease up your efforts and stay dry, check out our canned and pre-made non-alcoholic options to add to your mocktail shelf:

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