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5 Drinks You’ll Love For Dry January

 

Whether you are participating in dry January as a part of a New Years’ resolution to drink less or as simply a detox after the spirit-filled holiday season, here are five recipes that satisfy those boozy cravings. 

 

Blood Orange Mocktail

 

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Orange? Isn’t that a summer drink? Actually Blood Orange is in season from December through April, perfect for Dry January. This refreshing cocktail is a simple yet refreshing spritzer, comprising of blood orange juice, honey, vanilla, and fizzy water. Find the full recipe here.

 

Virgin Spiced Hot Toddy

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A hot toddy, also known as hot whiskey in Ireland, is a delicious winter drink typically compromised of lemon, honey, and whiskey, and cloves. The history of the drink is highly disputed. While some believe it was originated in British-controlled India (as “taddy” is the world for fermented palm-sap in Hindi), others believe it originated from an Irish doctor named Robert Bentley Todd, who prescribed his patients with a concoction of hot brandy, cinnamon, and sugar water. 

While this is version is sans whiskey, it’s still what the doctor ordered, with six immune-boosting supplements: ginger, turmeric, lemon, orange, honey, and cinnamon. As the weather gets colder, this is the perfect drink to enjoy with close family and friends in your pandemic bubble, as you huddle around a warm backyard fire, six feet apart of course.

 Find the full recipe here

 

Winter Sangria (non-alcoholic)

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Sangria, it’s not just for a girl’s night out. Thankfully, this sangria won’t give you a pounding headache the next day, which is a far cry from the boozy pitchers from your local Hispanic dive-bar. Unlike Hilaria Baldwin, this drink originated in Spain, but the Portuguese have sworn they are the true originators of the fruity cocktail. It’s traditionally made up of red wine, chopped fruit, and brandy or orange juice. This booze-free version combines grapefruits, oranges, pomegranate juice, orange juice mixed with grapefruit seltzer and garnished with star anise, cranberries, and a cinnamon stick for a wintry touch. Find the full recipe here.

 

Ginger Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail

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Still have unused jellied cranberry cans leftover from Thanksgiving? Rather than letting them collect dust until next Novemeber, why not make a delicious mocktail with them? You know what they say, when life gives up cranberry jelly, make kombuch-ade. This super simple mocktail consists of  ginger ale, kombucha, and jellied cranberry topped with cranberries and sprigs of rosemary. For little extra flamboyance, include some cranberry and rosemary ice cubes, that are sure to impress. Find the full recipe here

 

Virgin Coquito 

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Coquito, also known as Puerto-Rican eggnog, is a delicious holiday drink traditionally served during Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in Puerto Rico. However, it contains all those aromatic spices that can be enjoyed all winter long. Coquito typically comprises of canned coconut milk or evaporated milk, cream of coconut, condensed milk, and Puerto Rican rum. Yet, the rum can easily be omitted for a dry January friendly version. This recipe is perfect for beginners and only takes 10 minutes, comprising of evaporated milk, condensed milk, coconut cream, grated coconut, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon blended together and topped with a cinnamon stick for extra pizzazz. Find the full recipe here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources

https://www.thespruceeats.com/coquito-puerto-rican-no-eggnog-2137807

https://hispanickitchen.com/recipes/10-minute-coquito/

https://www.thisvivaciouslife.com/christmas-mocktails/

https://www.isabeleats.com/sangria-recipe/

https://vinepair.com/articles/the-history-of-sangria/

https://vinepair.com/articles/history-of-hot-toddy/

https://www.morningdelicious.com/spiced-hot-toddy-and-7-ridiculously-easy-ways-i-supercharge-my-immunity/

https://marisamoore.com/blood-orange-mocktail/

https://immaeatthat.com/2015/12/18/winter-sangria-non-alcoholic/

 

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