Are you surviving the task of ‘Dry January’ that you have bestowed upon yourself, have you found it easier or harder than you expected, and what have you replaced your usual tipple with?
We asked our girl Rachel McAlley here at #TeamCoco HQ to get on top of this latest trend, and take part in ‘Dry January’ along with a few of our squad which also opted to abstain from drinking booze all month.
You’ll see from Rachel’s brief quote below how well it’s going and what she’s experimenting with instead of drinking alcohol this month.
We therefore thought we’d throw a few drinks in the mix that you may not have heard of to try at home this Dry January.
“So, I’m not a massive drinker, but I do like an occasional glass of Prosecco
with my meals, an odd glass of vodka on the rocks (or vodka cocktail), I’m also partial to a glass of Hotel Chocolat Cream Liqueur in front of the fire throughout January (for warming the cockles, obvs), and I quite like a hot chocolate made with Baileys in the colder months.
I know its only the middle of January, but I have found it really easy to not drink any alcohol, even though I do have a fair few bottles left over from Christmas. I have replaced my usual drinks with Cawston Dry Raspberry Sparkling Water by Cawston Press, Bottleshot Cold Brew, Feragaia Scottish Alcohol-Free Spirit, Amplify Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirit, and OSU Premium Cider Vinegar (in an OSU Cherry Cooler mocktail).”
Why not try a few of these yourself this Dry January:
Cawston Dry by Cawston Press
Cawston Press have launched a new range of sparkling waters for those wanting an everyday go to that’s less sweet than your average soft drink – but much tastier and more exciting than plain water.
Currently available in two flavours, Ginger & Lemon or Raspberry, they’re a simple blend of British sparkling spring water, a twist of Cawston’s pressed juice and natural extracts. No added sugar, no artificial nonsense and no shortcuts.
Available from Ocado, Wholefoods, Planet Organic, Amazon and many independents including coffee shops, yoga studios, healthy cafés, gyms, art galleries and farm shops. Priced at £1.19 per 250ml slim can.
Bottleshot Cold Brew
Replace your espresso martini with a New Orleans-inspired and new to the UK cold brew. Bottleshot brew their premium, Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Arabica beans in chilled water for 18 hours with a bit of chicory to make a tastier, irresistibly smooth coffee that’s high in caffeine and low in acidity.
The bold and delicious cold brew coffee is conveniently packaged in recyclable cans, perfect for grabbing on the go or as the ultimate commuting essential.
Available from Whole Foods Market as well as bottlesshotbrew.com, Soho House, and Amazon Prime. Priced at £2.50 per can (available in cases of 6, 12, 24 or more). Subscribe to bottleshotbrew.com and receive a 10% discount off your first order.
Bold by nature, Feragaia is a distilled alcohol-free spirit made from 14 land and sea botanicals. Feragaia is Scotland’s first alcohol-free spirit. It is progressively distilled, blended and bottled in the Scottish Lowlands, an area governed by centuries of spirit innovation.
This is a quality and complex tasting spirit which uses traditional distillation for the contemporary drink scene, inspiring exciting and independent drinking experiences. The complex, layered flavours of Feragaia need no accompaniment, but the truest way to savour is yours, and yours alone, to discover. It’s simply a matter of taste.
• On the rocks: slab of ice, swirl of orange peel
• Thirst quencher: refreshed with tonic or soda water, bay leaf
• Winter wanderer: muddled with ginger ale, twist of lime
Available from both feragaia.com, and masterofmalt.com. Priced around £28 per 50cl bottle.
Amplify is a new non-alcoholic spirit brand that is set to refresh the alcohol-free spirit sector.
Amplify is distilled using an iStill, which is one of the latest and most advanced stills on the market, allowing more accurate temperature control and rectification. Like traditional spirits, Amplify is distilled and made with a host of invigorating ingredients such as juniper berries, coriander seeds, Angelica root, lemon peel, lemongrass and ginseng root. These fragrant botanicals combine with vibrant, punchy orange and citrus to provide a drink that satisfies without any need for alcohol.
Available from Morrisons stores across the UK, morrisons.com and drinkamplify.co.uk. Priced at around £10 for 50cl/500ml bottle.
OSU Cherry Cooler
OSU is a new premium apple cider vinegar (from the makers of Mizkan who have 200+ years of fermentation expertise), and when added to the following ingredients it makes a super fabulous OSU Cherry Cooler Mocktail.
Made with OSU blended with cherry juice, organic vanilla and honey and served with whole frozen cherries “on the rocks”, the OSU Cherry Cooler is a great way to swap alcoholic drinks this Dry January!
OSU Premium Apple Cider Vinegar available from Tesco, Ocado and Bootsd. Priced at £6.99 for 500ml bottle.
Pollenade, is a delicious fresh and fruity botanical powerhouse that we’ve just heard about at House of Coco, and makes for a fantastic pick me up as the daily usage is designed to help you recharge and recalibrate.
Perfect for on-the-go, it also makes for a great alternative to coffee, soda and alcohol, so it’s ideal for any dry-janners in need of some fizz.
Each 330ml can contains 15mg water soluble CBD from broad-spectrum hemp oil, allowing for higher absorption than traditional hemp products.
Natural grapefruit, raspberry and lemon juices come together to create a drink that’s full of flavour, plus no CBD aftertaste, low sugar levels and a crisp, refreshing finish. With only 50 calories per drink and vegan-friendly, this sparkling drink is a real game-changer.
We can’t wait to try this little beaut!
Pollenade available from withpollen.com. Priced at £3 per (330ml) can or £18 for 6 (330ml) cans.