Nonalcoholic swaps make “Dry January” easy and delicious

January 9th, 2023
Cheers to dry January

Are you ready to give “Dry January” a try? You’re not alone – it’s been a movement for about a decade. Benefits include better sleep, improved mental clarity, fewer calories, saving money and more1. We make it easy to skip the alcohol, but not the flavor, with these swaps.

Gin: Gin features herbal, juniper and citrus flavors. Mix juniper berries, a cinnamon stick and fresh orange peel in water. Let it soak overnight and then strain it. The liquid captures the classic flavors of gin.

Red wine: Red wine tends to be fruity with a bitter, sour taste. Mix equal parts of tart cherry juice and cranberry juice as a variation. Serve in a wine glass for a similar experience. This swap has about 25% fewer calories than the average glass of red wine. Plus, it adds a dose of antioxidants.

White wine: White wines tend to have a crisp, citrus taste. For a similar taste, mix equal parts white grape juice and soda water in a wine glass. Finish with a splash of lemon juice for that fresh citrus flavor.

Bourbon: This spirit features notes of vanilla, caramel and oak. A nonalcoholic version of a classic cocktail, the old fashioned, requires just a few simple ingredients. See how in the recipe below.

Rum: Rum tends to be spicy with a bit of a kick. Add a splash of rum extract* to your mixer for a simple swap. Start with a teaspoon and adjust to your taste preference. Try this with a rum and cola, mojito or piña colada. For a hint of spice, add freshly grated ginger or ginger beer soda.

*Aromatic bitters/rum extracts do contain alcohol. They do not add significant alcohol to the full drink. Choose alcohol-free bitters/extracts to avoid it.

Nonalcoholic old fashioned 

Makes: 2 servings
Prep: 15 min    Cook: 5 min


  • ½ cup + 1 tsp water

  • 1 black tea bag

  • 2 tsp dark brown sugar

  • 4 dashes aromatic bitters

  • 6 ice cubes

  • 2 orange slices

  • 2 maraschino cherries


  • Boil water and pour over tea bag.

  • Let steep for 10 minutes. Discard tea bag.

  • Add a teaspoon of brown sugar to two drinking glasses.

  • Add two dashes of aromatic bitters into each glass.

  • Add ½ teaspoon of water to each glass and stir until sugar is mostly dissolved.

  • Add three ice cubes to each glass and top with ¼ cup chilled tea.

  • Garnish each with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.


(Serving size: 1 drink)

Calories: 30; Total fat: 0g; Saturated fat: 0g; Sodium: 51mg; Cholesterol: 0mg; Total carbs: 7.4g; Fiber: 0g; Sugars: 6g; Protein: 0g; Potassium: 15mg

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Nonalcoholic gin & tonic

Makes: 2 servings
Prep: 7 min + at east 8 hours in refrigerator Cook: 5 min


  • 1 cup water

  • 1 Tbsp dried juniper berries or 1 sprig fresh rosemary

  • 1 (4-inch) piece of fresh orange peel

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 6 ice cubes

  • 1 cup tonic water*

  • 2 lime wedges

*Use diet tonic water to lower calories and sugars.


  • Boil water and let cool for one minute.

  • Add in juniper berries or rosemary, orange peel and cinnamon stick.

  • Transfer to container with a lid and refrigerate overnight or at least eight hours.

  • Strain liquid and set aside.

  • Add three ice cubes to two drinking glasses.

  • Pour ½ cup of infused water into each glass.

  • Top with tonic water and lime wedge.


(Serving size: 1 drink)

Calories: 50; Total fat: 0g; Saturated fat: 0g; Sodium: 115mg; Cholesterol: 0mg; Total carbs: 22g; Fiber: 0g; Sugars: 11g; Protein: 0g; Potassium: 21mg

Cheers to your nonalcoholic, and delicious, swaps.

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