12 Non-Alcoholic Brands that Will Make You Actually Enjoy Dry January
Because abstaining from alcohol doesn’t have to be boring
For many, January 1st signals more than just the start of a new year — it also means the start of Dry January, an alcohol-free month after the boozy holiday season. But just because you’re doing Dry January doesn’t mean you have to be stuck drinking plain seltzer all month. The non-alcoholic beverage industry has exploded with innovation over the last few years, offering unique flavors to delight your taste buds and functional ingredients to ease your mind. With these 12 non-alcoholic brands replacing your liquor cabinet this January, you just might find you don’t miss their alcoholic counterparts at all.
1. For Bitter For Worse
For Bitter For Worse makes complex cocktails with love, not alcohol. With ingredients farmed and foraged in the Pacific Northwest, For Bitter For Worse’s inclusive cocktails offer flavors such as Eva’s Spritz, an effervescent aperitif with rhubarb and citrus, and Smoky No. 56, a true-to-its-name sipper with notes of smoke, maple, and citrus, and each drink has less than 0.5% ABV (around the same as kombucha).
2. Melati Drinks
Melati is a luxury non-alcoholic spirit celebrating the rich, storied history of herbal remedies from the Far East. Their drinks contain 21 plants that have been used in Asian tonic drinks since 1293, and their ingredients are cold-extracted over 6 weeks to achieve the same craftsmanship as a premium spirit, allowing you to enjoy the experience of an adult drinking beverage without the guilt, empty calories or hangover.
Find Melati Drinks on their website and select retailers.
3. Psychedelic Water
For those looking for a non-alcoholic option that still provides an out-of-the-ordinary experience, Psychedelic Water makes non-alcoholic beverages with mood-enhancing effects to make the everyday psychedelic. Created with a one-of-a-kind formulation made with kava root, turnera diffusa leaf, and green tea leaf extract, Psychedelic Water boosts your mood and melts away stress. Purchase here!
4. Per Se
Per Se crafts sophisticated alcohol-free craft cocktails that invite you to slow down, sip, and savor. With craft mocktail offerings such as the Paloma, Hibiscus Margarita, or Mojito, their drinks use familiar ingredients and elevated flavor combinations to offer an uncompromising choice for any drinking occasion.
Order on their website.
SAYSO makes the first-ever craft cocktail tea bag — all you have to do is infuse the sachet in cold water for a restaurant-quality mocktail in minutes. Each sachet has the perfect blend of ingredients to create a balanced drink, and they have options for all of your favorite cocktails: old-fashioned, skinny spicy margarita, rosemary honey Moscow mule, and more. Plus, if you don’t use every sachet before dry January is up, SAYSO infusions can also be mixed with spirits to create the perfect alcoholic cocktails.
6. Little Saints
Little Saints makes plant magic mocktails and spirits that are formulated with zero sugar and only natural ingredients for a consequence-free mood lift. Little Saints has five mocktail offerings — Paloma, Negroni Spritz, Mimosa, Ginger Mule, and Spicy Margarita — all of which are sugar-free and offer plant-medicine benefits from hemp-derived CBD, botanical terpenes, and Reishi. In 2023, they launched St. Ember, their first non-alcoholic spirit, which offers a non-alcoholic alternative for mezcal lovers.
Purchase on their website and select retail locations.
7. Hella Cocktail Co.
Hella Cocktail Co. serves elevated beverage choices where great taste is essential and the buzz is optional with a line of premium mixers, sparkling aperitifs, and aromatic bitters. Their Premium Mixers are made with real ingredients and include classic flavors such as a Habanero Margarita, Bloody Mary, and Moscow Mule, allowing you to enjoy your favorite cocktails without the hangover.
Looking to free drinkers from unhealthy sodas or sugar-filled mixers, Avec crafted an all-natural sparkling drink using ingredients from around the world to create sophisticated flavors with dramatically less sugar. Avec can be sipped solo as a non-alcoholic beverage or mixed with your favorite spirit, but no matter if you’re drinking alcohol or not, Avec takes the guesswork out of a perfectly delicious drink.
Aplós makes functional, non-alcoholic spirits that calm and uplift without the negative effects of alcohol. Choose from two offerings — Aplós Calme, infused with hemp for moments of unwinding, and Aplós Arise, infused with adaptogens for moments of revelry — or set yourself up for success with their Dry January Collection, a six or twelve mix-pack of both flavors
Find Aplós on their website.
10. Buzzkill Wines
For the dry-January participants who reach for a glass of wine before a cocktail, Buzzkill makes alcohol-removed wine they can enjoy all month long. Buzzkill makes 100% varietal specific wine from their vineyard in Lodi, California, and their alcohol-removal process leaves behind a complex liquid with <.5% ABV. Each can of Buzzkill contains only 25 calories and 2 grams and they offer three varieties: cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, and sparkling blanc de blanc.
11. De Soi
Inspired by the French ethos of pleasure and restraint, De Soi is a range of non-alcoholic apéritifs made with natural adaptogens. They’re currently offering a Dry January deluxe package, a 32-can bundle with all four flavors — Très Rosé, Golden Hour, Champignon Dreams, and Purple Lune — perfect for helping you skip the booze without sacrificing flavor.
12. Mocktail Club
Mocktail Club makes better-for-you non-alcoholic beverages for the sober curious and mindful drinkers, with the added benefits of prebiotics and antioxidants. Mocktail Club sources fruit juice from organic suppliers and uses sustainable packaging that helps to reduce its footprint and waste, and 1% of its sales go to supporting clean water access globally. Choose from four flavors for an elevated zero-proof experience: Manhattan Berry, Havana Twist, Capri Sour, and Bombay Fire.