Thinking about embarking on a Dry January, but worried about what to drink do in the 31 booze-free days ahead? We've got your back. 

It just so happens that I made it through my first Dry January in 2020, and I gathered a few of my absolute favorite non-alcoholic beverages and alcohol-free activities to enjoy during a sober month. 

Whatever reason you're not drinking (because whose business is it? NOBODY'S!), these fellas should keep you pleasantly entertained as you go along:

What to Drink During Dry January

Of course, you're welcome to sulkily drink tap water all month to make this a truly boring and miserable experience for yourself. Or you could opt for a few of my favorite...

DIY Mocktails

You don't need tons of ingredients or creativity to make some tasty AF (I meant alcohol-free here, but "as f--k" also applies) mocktails.

No-jito: 

  • One 12 oz. can of lime flavored seltzer water
  • 4 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 4 wedges of fresh lime
  • Splash of simple syrup 

Muddle half of the mint and lime in the bottom of a glass. Add seltzer water. Garnish with the other half of the mint and lime.

Mock-scow Mule:

  • 6 oz. ginger beer
  • 4 oz. lime or unflavored seltzer water
  • 0.5 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 lime

Pour ginger beer into a glass, followed by seltzer water, then lime juice. Garnish with lime.

Piña Faux-lada:

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup cream of coconut
  • 1/8 coconut cream
  • 2 cups of ice
  • Pineapple wedge and tiny umbrella for garnish

Add pinapple juice, cream of coconut, and coconut cream to blender, along with 1 cup of ice. Blend until smooth. Add the remaining 1 cup of ice, then blend again until desired consistency. Add pineapple wedge and tiny umbrella for garnish, then sing a dumb song about getting caught in the rain and cheating on your spouse.

AF-erol Spritz:

  • 4 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 6 oz. lemon sparkling water, Sprite, or 7Up
  • 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice (or one lemon wedge)
  • 0.5 oz fresh lime juice (or one lime wedge)
  • Splash of simple syrup 
  • Grapefruit wedge and/or sprig of rosemary to garnish

Add grapefuit juice to your glass, followed by lemon juice and lime juice. Top with your sparkling beverage of choice. Add a splash of simple syrup. Garnish with grapefruit wedge or sprig of rosemary. 

There are SO many other fun, easy recipes you can play around with — you can check out a few of my favorites here.

Non-Alcoholic Craft Beers

Not gonna lie to you, there are some NA beers out there that taste terrible. If you've tried those, my apologies — but as a professional in the beer industry, I can honestly give the following AF brews my seal of approval:

Upside Dawn Golden Ale by Athletic Brewing

NA IPA by Hairless Dog Brewing 

Nanny State by BrewDog

Hoppy Refresher by Lagunitas (In my mind, this one's the clear winner since it tastes hoppy but has zero alcohol, zero carbs, and zero calories. I honestly might keep drinking this even now that I'm back on the sauce.) 

Booze-Free Cocktails, Packaged 

Not to be confused with the DIY mocktails above, these pre-packaged options make for some tasty faux cocktails:

Curious Elixirs - They've got a few different flavors (No 1 is a bitter pomegranate cocktail inspired by the Negroni, No 2 is supposed to be a cross between a pineapple margarita and a Dark & Stormy, and No 3 is reminiscent of a Cucumber Collins) that are all delicious, but I do recommmend cutting them with a bit of club soda — both for flavor and so that you get the most out of each bottle.

Seedlip - As opposed to pre-made mocktails like the ones above, Seedlip actually makes alcohol-free distilled spirits. Like, non-alcoholic liquors. Prior to my Dry January experience, I had no idea this was even a thing. I'm not sure what I could compare them to, so you'll have to check out their site for details and try them yourself.

 

25 Fun, Sober Things to Do During Your Dry January

No one said "Dry" had to mean "not fun." There are plenty of sober activities you can enjoy throughout the month! You could:

  • Take a hike
  • Go bowling
  • Take a fitness class 
  • Visit a bookstore
  • Go mini-golfing 
  • Play board games
  • Try an artistic activity (pottery, painting, glass blowing, woodworking...)
  • Visit a nearby museum
  • Cook a new dish 
  • Go to the movies
  • Visit an escape room
  • Plan a spa day
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Visit a nearby theme park 
  • Go to the zoo or aquarium 
  • Plan an outdoor (or indoor) picnic
  • Have a tea or coffee date
  • Bake something new
  • Start watching a new series on Netflix 
  • Redecorate a room in your house 
  • Volunteer for a cause you care about
  • Read a book
  • Learn a new skill (playing guitar, speaking a new language, sewing, coding...)
  • Have friends over for a potluck
  • Take a bubble bath

What are your top Dry January tips?

Have you tried a Dry January? Did you love it? Did you hate it? What are your tips for making it through? Tell us in the comments, or tag us at @workforyourbeer to share your story!