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The 10 Best Non-Alcoholic Beverages for Dry January

A champagne flute is filled with faux mimosa, two people toast with non-alcholic rose, and a person pops a can open.
Fauxmosa/Surely/Athletic Brewing

The holidays are over, and if you felt like you imbibed a bit too much, you might decide to use January as your recovery time. If the idea of giving up nightcaps and happy hours sounds unappealing, sampling some non-alcoholic options and mocktails might make your Dry January much easier!

Whether you’re going booze-free all month, or are just looking to cut back, an easy way to do it is with an alcohol alternative. Contrary to what you might’ve heard, some non-alcoholic beverages are actually delicious, and most don’t even require any mixing. Whether you’re a wine, beer, or whiskey sipper, one of these 10 alcohol-free drinks is sure to help you dry out this month.

Best for Brunch: Surely Sparkling Rosé

A person holds up a can of non alcoholic rose.
Surely

Love the crisp, fruity flavor of a good rosé? Surely’s non-alcoholic alternative might be just the thing you need for your afternoon brunches.

This beverage is a bubbly blend of guava, strawberry, kiwi, and melon, so it doesn’t taste like plain old sparkling grape juice. Plus, it’s made in tandem with winemakers in Sonoma, California, so there’s plenty of expertise to back up the flavor.

At this writing, you can get a four-pack for under $40, and you’ll have one for every Sunday brunch in January.

Best for Brunch

Surely Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Rose Cans

Bubbly, fruity, and perfect for Sunday brunch.

Best for Celebrations: TÖST

A person pours a sparkling beverage.
Töst

Whether it’s a birthday, career shift, or another big life moment, you don’t have to skip out on the celebrations just because you’re doing Dry January. Töst is the ideal champagne alternative.

While it doesn’t exactly taste like champagne, it does feature the delicious flavors of ginger, white tea, and white cranberry. Its subtly sweet flavor isn’t overpowering and can be paired with any meal.

Best for Celebrations

TÖST All-Natural Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Beverage

Celebrate big moments with this champagne alternative. Cheers!

Best for Beer Lovers: Athletic Brewing

A person pops the tab on a can.
Athletic Brewing

Beer drinkers have lots of non-alcoholic options, including O’Doul’s and Heineken Zero, but for those who want to try something different, Athletic Brewing is the perfect place to start.

The company has four different brews including some inspired by IPAs and stouts. They’re all made with the same four base ingredients: water, barley, yeast, and hops. At this writing, you can get a 12-pack for under $30.

Best for Beer Lovers

Best Ready-to-Drink Mocktail: Lyre’s Premixed Drinks

Cans of mocktails sit in an ice bucket.
Lyre’s

You don’t even have to mix up a mocktail if you’re going dry in January. There are plenty of pre-mixed options, and Lyre’s assorted 12-pack is the best of them. There’s a gin and tonic alternative, an Aperol spritz-inspired mix, and a champagne-based drink called Classico.

With this pack, you can sample them all because you get four cans of each. If you’re not in the mood to mix up a mocktail, Lyre’s selections are real winners.

Best Ready-to-Drink Mocktail

Lyre's Non-Alcoholic Mixed Spirits

Pop it open and pour, or enjoy it right from the can.

Best for Sipping: Ritual Zero Proof Whiskey Alternative

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Ritual

If you’re less of a cocktail person and more of a neat drinker, liquor alternatives, like Ritual’s Zero-Proof Whiskey, are for you. It features an oaky, smoky finish with notes of caramel. You can absolutely use it as a one-to-one replacement for your favorite liquor in mixes or enjoy it on its own.

Plus, it’s affordable (under $30 at this writing), so there’s no reason why you can’t still enjoy a nightcap.

Best for Sipping

Ritual Zero Proof Whiskey Alternative

Mix it or drink it over ice.

Best Mimosas: Fauxmosa Orange with Turmeric

A champagne flute is filled with a faux mimosa.
Fauxmosa

If you prefer mimosas at brunch, this cleverly named alternative is for you. Fauxmosa’s orange and turmeric flavor blends with the same grapes that are used in chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. This means you’ll still get that wine taste, but without the alcohol.

Pour it in a champagne flute, and it’ll feel just like your usual brunch (without the headache later).

Best Bartender-Approved: Curious Elixirs

A bottled mocktail sits next to a coupe glass.
Curious Elixir

If you haven’t been impressed by premixed mocktails, how about one created with input from bartenders? Curious Elixir No. 3 is a mocktail is modeled after the Cucumber Collins. It features the same delicious herb, floral, and cucumber flavors you’d expect, but without alcohol.

All of these non-alcoholic concoctions also include ashwagandha, a plant that’s been used in Ayurvedic practices for centuries. Studies have shown it can help with relaxation and reduced stress.

Best with Superfood Boost: Sunwink Mocktails

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SunWink

An alcohol alternative that’s packed with good-for-you herbs and plant-based ingredients? Yes, please!

Sunwink’s carbonated drinks are created with superfoods and herbs that can help boost your mood, alleviate stress, and give you good nutritional value. Maple syrup is added to the fruit- and herb-based flavors for the perfect amount of sweetness to replace your regular Reisling.

Best with Superfood Boost

Sunwink Mocktail Tonic 12 Pack

Good for you and tasty too? Yes, please!

Best Calming: Recess

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Recess

Those who are looking to unwind after a long day, while also trying to cut back on alcohol, can always turn to drinks designed to calm and ease stress.

Recess features ingredients like ginseng, magnesium, and l-theanine, all of which are meant to help relieve stress and promote relaxation. This 12-pack will allow you to try all the flavors: Black Cherry, Blood Orange, Peach Ginger, and Strawberry Rose.

Best Calming

Recess Mood Magnesium Supplement Drink Calming Beverage

Get your chill on with these unique beverages.

Best for Sleep: Som Sleep

A pack of beverages is in a cardboard box.
Som Sleep

First, if you usually enjoy a glass of red wine to help you sleep, it might not actually be helping with that.

Second, you can substitute it with Som Sleep, a drink packed with ingredients designed to truly help lull you to dreamland. Plus, it does so gently and won’t leave you too drowsy (or hungover) in the morning. This relaxing blend of melatonin, magnesium, l-theanine, and GABA, is an excellent replacement for your usual nightcap.

Best for Sleep

Som Sleep

Get some Z's with this soothing, tasty blend.


No matter your reasons for participating in Dry January, if you’d like to try some alcohol substitutions, one (or 10) of these options is sure to make the month a bit easier. You might like one of them so much, you decide to have a Dry February, too!

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »
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