What’s Dry January?
It’s not just January in drought-dry California – and to my surprise, it’s not just a “saying”. Formally backed by the “Alcohol Concern” group, a UK charity about alcohol moderation, Dry January has a website, a Twitter username, hashtag, and a 31 day email challenge.
And it really is a great idea – after the craziness of the holidays, taking a month off from alcohol can be a great way to “reset” your body and start the new year right. (And for bartenders who’ve just survived the most taxing season of all, R&R is very, very necessary!)
Keeping it Interesting…
Thankfully, going without the booze doesn’t mean you have to be antisocial or skip that post-shift visit to the industry bar in your town. And it doesn’t mean you’re relegated to Shirley Temples and sparkling water either. (Though I’m not ashamed to admit that I do like a Shirley Temple from time to time…)
Here are some alcohol-free drink ideas that any bar should be able to make, and that actually taste great.
Non-Alcoholic Options for Dry January
Tonic & Lime
The Joys of Ginger Beer
Go for the Orange Handle
Bring on the Grenadine
- A “grown up” Shirley Temple: Make it with Ginger beer
- A “Sunrise” (Tequila Sunrise without the Tequila)
- The “Suburbs” (a non-alcoholic Cosmo: replace the triple sec with orange juice, remove the vodka and add a splash of Grenadine)
Non-Alcoholic Beer & Wine
One Month of R&R
We work in an industry that’s all about alcohol – let’s be honest. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be smart about how much we drink. Bartending is hard enough on your body – so taking a month off to recuperate from the holidays is not a bad idea at all. Hopefully we’ve given you a few suggestions to keep in your back pocket so you can still go out with your friends and have a great time.
What have I missed? Let me know in the comments what you’re drinking in Dry January (or Sober October for you off-season folks)… I’d love your suggestions!