Don’t be tempted to swap Dry January for Dry Gin-uary; you’re more than half way through the month, so hang in there!
If you’ve missed sliding a cool bottle of white from your gorgeous new wine cooler, or adding a drop of Prosecco to a drink or two, why not give these mocktail recipes a try? There are five of them and they may just make Dry January seem…well…not as hard as it might currently.
So, dive right in…and use up some of those store cupboard essentials while you’re at it.
Non-Alcoholic Gin Cocktail
A gin cocktail with no gin in it, you say? Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well, Irena over at Eat Drink Paleo has just the recipe! On her blog, she shares gluten-free and – you guessed it – paleo recipes and she just loves a mocktail.
Make sure you click the link above to find out exactly what she puts in it – and let us know if you give it a go. You might even find that you like to ‘substitute a bit of this and add a bit of that’, so do tell us how you adapt Irena’s recipe. Although we think it sounds delicious exactly as it is.
You could try adding fewer ingredients and using a sugar syrup for the rim of your glass, too – for a professional touch, dontchaknow.
Or why not try…
Good Morning Sunburst
This one looks yummy, doesn’t it? It’s a mocktail that’s perfect for breakfast or brunch, apparently – so why not give it a try tomorrow? Well, why ever not? It is alcohol-free, after all.
To make the mocktail, you’ll need 120ml of orange juice, some sparkling water, two tablespoons of grenadine syrup, two teaspoons of vanilla syrup and a sprig of rosemary. Make sure you click the link above to get the full recipe.
Hot Apple Pie Punch
A cocktail that sounds good enough to eat…coming right up! There’s 199 calories in this, so it isn’t the best for your New Year’s diet, but it will keep you away from the wine and beer, so it earns some points for that.
Blue Shoe Mocktail Recipe
Now this is certainly an interesting name for a cocktail, isn’t it? The recipe we found suggests using Hawaiian Punch, but we’re not sure this soft drink is in existence here in the UK, so why not substitute it for some good-old-fashioned Lilt and add a drop or two of blue food colouring into the mix?
Other ingredients include 7up and cranberry juice – both of which are readily available, you’ll be glad to know.
Spiced Pina Colada
Want something that packs a real punch in terms of flavour? Try this non-alcoholic spiced pina colada!
It features pineapple juice (what else?!), coconut milk, lime juice, cherries, cloves, peppercorns and more – and it may just keep you away from anything with a stronger kick. Here’s hoping…
Until next time…