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Dry January Mocktails

Dry January doesn’t have to mean less fun! The phrase ‘Dry January’ was started in 2012 by a charity called Alcohol Change as an initiative to “ditch the hangover, reduce the waistline and save some serious money by giving up alcohol for 31 days.” Apparently, 4000 of us tried it in that first year. Now a whopping 140,000 will give up the booze in the first month of 2022. So many of us do it for the health kick perks, to try and see in the New Year fresh after overdoing it with family and friends in December. But there’s only so many Diet Cokes you can drink before you feel like your missing out!

So this year, let’s have fun with Dry January – we have written a couple of great Mocktails that are made with just a few simple ingredients:

Virgin Paloma


  • 200ml water
  • 200g caster sugar
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 sprigs rosemary (1 for garnish)
  • 100ml pink grapefruit juice
  • 100ml soda water
  • 10ml of Citrus & Rosemary Syrup

Step 1 – Make a Citrus and Rosemary Syrup by adding all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the liquid by half until syrupy.

Step 2 – To make the drink, fill a high ball with cubed ice and the syrup, grapefruit juice and soda water and stir well to combine. Garnish with a rosemary sprig. You can also add a salt rim to the top of these glasses before making the cocktail, if you want to be fancy!

Raspberry Rickey

This is a great shaken cocktail that looks fab at home. Normally made with gin and originates in the Deep South in the U.S.

  • 10 Raspberries
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 10ml Vanilla Syrup
  • 100ml Soda water

Add the raspberries (saving 3 to garnish), lime juice and vanilla syrup into a cocktail shaker with cubed ice. Muddle with a spoon, crushing the fruit. Shake vigorously to make a loose puree, pour over the soda water and muddle again. Pour the mixture through a cocktail strainer into a chilled martini glass or champagne coupe. Garnish with the 3 remaining raspberries skewered together. Enjoy!