Dry January is invariably going to look a little different this year. Sure, over the past 10 months, alcohol sales have never been higher, and this January has felt nothing like the January of previous years—an understatement, to be sure. But it is still the first month of the year, and thus a time synonymous with Whole30-approved recipes and limited alcohol consumption.
In any normal year, it might be a tad easier to abstain from alcohol, eschewing outings to the local dive in favor of a night spent carving through another carton of ice cream. But these days, an evening streaming Netflix is hardly uncommon. So if you are partaking in Dry January but are searching for a workaround to still drink alcohol—without actually drinking alcohol—you'll want to check out this laundry list of some of the best non-alcoholic spirits and canned cocktails.
Many of these non-alcoholic drinks were designed to mimic a classic spirit—think gin, whiskey, and tequila—but instead of relying on alcohol, each supplements spirits with botanics and bold flavors that expertly recreate the sensation of, say, nursing an Old Fashioned. Except this time, the morning after will be gloriously devoid of a hangover. Below are some of the best non-alcoholic spirits and canned drinks that are guaranteed to make Dry January a little less dry.
Ghia founder Melanie Masarn spent summers near the Mediterranean, home to clinking glasses of aperitivo. But instead of crafting a beverage rooted in alcohol, Melanie looked to botanical extracts and natural ingredients built to soothe the mind and body. Ghia is a non-alcoholic drink geared to be remembered in the morning, one that can be sipped as is or swirled together with your preferred cocktail ingredients. ($33, drinkghia.com)
For anyone in search of a gin supplement, Seedlip’s Garden 108 non-alcoholic spirit is the move. The beverage is actually distilled in a process where a mix of herbs and botanicals are soaked in a neutral spirit before the alcohol is ultimately removed. Simply stir Seedlip with some tonic for an easy mixed drink, or check out Seedlip’s list of recipes for mixologist-approved non-alcoholic cocktails. ($38; amazon.com)
This Southern California-based gin may be devoid of alcohol, but it’s still full of spirit. The zero-alcohol gin is blended with juniper, natural botanicals, citrus, and spices, a combination that’s plenty sippable on its own. One happy imbiber shared that, “Monday gin is fantastic. This is my first Dry January and I wasn’t sure I could do it, but Monday gin with tonic water and lime is just like the real thing—only better.” ($40; drinkmonday.co)
Aplós bills itself as the non-alcoholic alternative to your favorite liquor. The beverage company’s debut flavor has been crafted in collaboration with James Beard honoree and mixologist Lynnette Marrero, one that includes bold essences like citrus, ginger, and rosemary. Each bottle has been infused with hemp, which is guaranteed to calm and uplift the drinker. Drink neat, on the rocks, or get experimental, stirring it into your choice cocktail recipe. ($48; aplos.world)
This Australian brand of non-alcoholic spirits provides a large range of options, from American malt and Italian orange to absinthe and amaretti. These spirits are brewed with natural extracts geared to copy the taste of gin, whiskey, vermouth, and other beloved liqueurs. The Dry London Spirit, for example, mirrors a dry gin, full of earthy flavors like juniper, citrus, and pepperberry. One shopper who purchased the Dry London Spirit for his girlfriend shared that, “according to her, this is one of the best of the bunch. Indistinguishable from real gin.” ($35; amazon.com)
With Ritual, you’ll get the taste of whiskey, gin, and tequila, minus any alcohol or calories. The alternatives are mixed with natural botanicals, devised to mimic the flavors you know and love well. The whiskey, for instance, includes fragrances of American Oak, sugar floss, vanilla, peppercorn, and hemp, a flavor profile that could be expertly paired with orange, bitters, and vermouth for a nightly Old Fashioned or Manhattan. ($26.99; amazon.com)
Kin’s beverages dabble in euphorics, a blending of nootropics, adaptogens, and herbs that help relax the mind. The canned, zero-alcohol cocktail, dubbed Kin Spritz, is the most popular variety, a sparkling concoction swirled with citrus, warm spice, hibiscus, and ginger. It’s the kind of drink you could easily sip before bed—without worrying about waking up with a headache the next morning. ($47; amazon.com)
TÖST was designed to fill a hole for those who might not want to drink something alcoholic—but do crave something fizzy that’s not merely sparkling water or soda. The non-alcoholic beverage is a sweet bubbly drink, united with blue agave, white tea, white cranberry, ginger extract, and citrus. The orange-hued beverage is sold in 750ml bottles or 12-ounce singles. Sip in lieu of sparkling wine for celebratory occasions or simply grab a single and pop it open during dinner. ($38; amazon.com)