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Start the New Year Right with a Dry January

Plus 5 Amazing Mocktail Recipes to Get You Started

 

By Jill Dutton

Dry January is a campaign that encourages people to stop drinking alcohol for the month of January. The idea behind Dry January is to build awareness about how much alcohol we consume and to promote an active lifestyle.
 

The Benefits of Dry January

Dry January is a great way to give your body a break from alcohol and experience the benefits of being sober.

 

Studies have shown that a month without alcohol can do wonders for your emotional and physical health. It can lower stress levels, improve sleep quality, and even help you lose weight. The campaign also encourages people to be more active by making time for exercise or other forms of self-care.

Many people who take the pledge find themselves feeling more productive and healthier overall after they finish Dry January. And with all the perks to this challenge, why not try it out?

1) Take care of yourself. It's important to remember that it's not just a month of abstinence from alcohol, but a month of self-care too. Make sure you're getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising.

2) Put in the work when it comes to your workouts. If you don't typically take the time to work out, make sure you're working hard at the gym or in your home when you do decide to exercise for this month.

3) Prepare for cravings. You might experience cravings for alcohol. Planning ahead could help curb some cravings. Try stocking up on healthy snacks like fruit, nuts, or vegetables in order to try and distract yourself from cravings. Download books from the library, start a walking program, or take a class to fill the hours usually spent drinking.

Tips for staying healthy during a month of abstinence

1. Drink water.

Fill your glasses with water and drink it throughout the day. It's a healthier alternative to sugary drinks, and will keep you hydrated.

2. Eat more fruits and vegetables.

Increase fruit and vegetable consumption to up your nutrient intake.

3. Keep track of what you eat with MyFitnessPal or something similar.

Use an app like MyFitnessPal to track the calories that you're consuming during Dry January, which can help you stay accountable and on track with your goals for weight loss or maintenance during the month.

4. Work out regularly during this month, but not excessively.

Cardio is encouraged for this month! Get outside and enjoy some fresh air while walking, running, biking, skiing, skating...you get the idea! Just don't overdo it: Moderation is key when it comes to exercise too!

5. Surround yourself with people who support your goal of staying dry this month—even if they drink alcohol themselves!

It's important to put together a support system. Plan a daily call with friends to offer support and stay motivated.

Dry January is a great way to get your health on track for the new year. It’s not an easy feat, but if you follow these helpful tips and avoid these common pitfalls, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of this month-long challenge for years to come.

To learn more:

Dry January: Experts explain what a month without alcohol can do for  your body, mind

7 things I learned when I gave up alcohol for a month

Here's what to know if you want to take an alcoholiday in January

To keep you hydrated, below are some seasonal mocktail options from Waterloo and Q Mixers.

Recipes

Waterloo Mocktails (recipes and photos by Waterloo)

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  • Chai-By-Night 

    • Ingredients:

      • Waterloo Cranberry Sparkling Water

      • 1 ½ oz chai tea

      • ½ oz almond milk

      • Shaved dark chocolate (garnish)

    • Directions: In a mixing tin add chai tea and almond milk. Add ice and give it a quick shake to produce a light foam. Strain over fresh ice and top with Waterloo Cranberry. Garnish with shaved milk chocolate.​

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  • ‘Loo-Ner Eclipse 

    • Ingredients:

      • Waterloo Cranberry Sparkling Water

      • 1 oz apple cider

      • ½ oz fresh lemon juice

      • Freshly grated cinnamon

      • 1 cinnamon stick & 6 cranberries (garnish)

    • Directions: In a mixing tin, add apple cider, lemon juice, and cinnamon syrup. Then add ice and shake well. Strain over fresh ice and top with Waterloo Cranberry Sparkling Water. Garnish with fresh cranberries, grated cinnamon, and cinnamon stick.

Q Mixers Mocktails (Recipes and images by Carolyn Sims @carolinaverbena)

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Rose Paloma 

    • Ingredients:

      • 2 oz grapefruit juice

      • 3 dashes rose water

      • ½ oz simple syrup

      • 5 oz Can of Q Sparkling Grapefruit 

  • Directions: Shake first 3 ingredients with ice and strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with 5 oz Q Sparkling Grapefruit and garnish with a grapefruit slice and fresh rosemary sprig.

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  • Spiced Ginger Plum 

    • Ingredients:

      • ½ fresh red plum

      • ¾ oz brown sugar simple syrup

      • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice

      • Pinch of ground cardamom

      • 3 oz Can Q Ginger Ale 

    • Directions: Add the first 4 ingredients to a shaker and muddle until smooth. Shake with ice and strain into a coupe or martini glass and top with 3 oz Q Ginger Ale. Garnish with a slice of fresh plum.

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  • ‘Pearagon’ Lemonade 

    • Ingredients:

      • 2 oz. pear nectar/juice

      • 1 oz fresh lemon juice

      • ¾ oz simple syrup

      • Leaves from 2 sprigs fresh tarragon

      • 6oz Q Spectacular Tonic Water

    • Directions: Shake the first 4 ingredients with ice and strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with 6 oz Q Spectacular Tonic Water and garnish with a pear slice and more fresh tarragon.

No Alcohol Wine

Miss the flavor of wine during Dry January? Try one of these alcohol-free versions.

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