Get ready for your best mocktail month ever.

By Stacey Ballis
December 30, 2020
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In recent years, the idea of Dryuary—Dry January—has taken hold as a way to balance the indulgences of the holiday season, start the year with a clearer head, and for some, to explore their relationship with alcohol. Whatever reason you might be choosing to abstain from the heady stuff this year, it shouldn’t mean that you are relegated to boring water or basic pop for all of your beverages. Lucky for you, we are in the golden age of the mocktail and elevated alcohol-free sipping. Check out these 10 excellent products to make your Dryuary downright delicious.

Great mocktail recipes

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Start with a fabulous resource for making truly superior booze-free beverages. Julia Bainbridge’s new book, Good Drinks, has everything you need, and I bet you’ll discover some that you will still choose even if/when you return to alcohol consumption.

Buy it: Good Drinks by Julia Bainbridge ($20.69), amazon.com

Fauxmosas

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Want to get your brunch on? Look no further than this elegant canned beverage that sings out for a morning refresher. With cranberry, hibiscus, ginger, and plenty of fizz, this sipper guarantees you won’t be missing the usual boring mimosa.

Buy it: Fauxmosa Alcohol-Free Mimosas ($15.99), amazon.com

Aura Bora Sparkling Water

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If you are already a flavored sparkling water drinker during the day, it can feel a bit of let down to keep drinking the same flavors after hours. Time to up your sparkling water game a little, and Aura Bora has your back. With flavors like Basil Berry, Lemongrass Coconut, Peppermint Watermelon, Lavender Cucumber, and Cactus Rose, all you need is ice and your evening wind-down just got super sophisticated.

Buy it: Aura Bora Sparkling Water Variety Pack ($30.00), aurabora.com

Top-flight bitters

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Whenever I am abstaining, whether it is because I am the designated driver or just taking a break for a night or two, I have always turned to bitters and soda for my chosen beverage. I love to make my own, especially with these Strongwater bitters which have fantastic flavors like Cherry Bourbon and Lavender Mountain Wildflower. But sometimes I do not have the bandwidth to experiment; when that happens, I turn to Hella Bitters and Soda, a canned pre-mixed version in five different flavors for whatever mood I am in.

Buy it: Strongwater Cocktail Bitters Sampler Gift Set ($24.95), amazon.com

Buy it: Hella Lemon Lime Bitters and Soda ($29.99), amazon.com

Drinkmate Carbonated Beverage Maker

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If you seriously love the fizzy stuff, it might be time to invest in a carbonation machine. I love this one from Drinkmate because unlike most of these gadgets, which limit you to carbonating water, this one can make any liquid you like full of fizz! Think about sparkling juices and custom flavored waters.

Buy it: Drinkmate Carbonated Beverage Maker ($76.99-86.99), bedbathandbeyond.com

Shrubs

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Want something with a bit more punch? I love a shrub or sipping vinegar, which can be served straight, over ice, or as a mixer. The Twisted Shrub sells a variety pack with a flavor for every mood like Cranberry Clementine, Strawberry Lime, Pineapple Habanero, Blueberry Lemon, and Apple Ginger. Added benefit? You’ll love using them in recipes like salad dressings as well.

Buy it: The Twisted Shrub Variety Pack ($59.95 for 5 bottles), amazon.com

Zero alcohol gin

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Really missing your nightcap? There are a lot of folks making wonderful non-alcoholic spirits with all the flavor and none of buzz. We are gin folks over here, and have been really loving Monday Zero Alcohol Gin, which we use both as-is in a virgin G&T, or sometimes to just cut back a bit on the alcohol in mixed drinks like negronis.

Buy it: Monday Zero Alcohol Gin ($39.99), amazon.com

Gorgeous ice

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If you are taking a break from booze, it doesn’t mean you want your mocktails to have basic ice. If you love a craft cube or sphere, Tovalo has your back with easy-to-use molds to make your own clear slow-melting ice. If you love a crushed ice in your drinks for more of a slushy nugget ice that is extra crunchable? Depending on how much you tend to spend on booze, taking a break for the month might just leave you enough extra scratch to invest in a countertop nugget ice maker. Mine has been in constant use since I got it, and while it will certainly make Dryuary better, it is really a year-round gamechanger for all of your beverage needs

Buy it: Tovalo Seamless Sphere Craft Ice Molds ($23.99), amazon.com

Buy it: GE Profile Opal Nugget Countertop Nugget Ice Maker ($549.00), amazon.com