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Best Dry January Mocktails

Posted 16 Jan 2023

The benefits of Dry January are endless; better sleep, better health and a significantly more attractive bank balance to name but a few.

Needless to say, as a student, a whole month without drinking does not come without its challenges, but reminding yourself of your motivations and planning some fun, alcohol-free activities to look forward to are two easy and effective ways to stay on track. Perhaps you could even enlist a friend to take on the challenge with you.

We’ve put together a list of easy mocktails for you to try below to ensure that your Dry January is just as exciting as any other month!


Virgin Mojito

Virgin Mojito

Taken from Olive Magazine, this recipe swaps rum for apple juice and almond extract to leave you with the same delicious, minty taste, just without the hangover!



1 lime, halved and sliced into wedges

1tsp caster sugar

6 mint leaves, plus extra to garnish

3-4 tbsp apple juice

A dash of almond extract

Top up with sparkling water



Using the end of a rolling pin, muddle the lime wedges with the sugar in your glass. Then, add the mint leaves and repeat the process. Fill up the glass with ice and pour in both the apple juice and almond extract. Stir and finish by topping up the glass with sparkling water and adding more mint leaves to garnish.


Non-Alcoholic Punch

Non-Alcoholic Punch

BBC Good Food recommends this alcohol-free take on a refreshing, fruity punch!



100g cranberry

100ml cranberry juice

500ml blood orange juice

Thin wedges of lime

Thin wedges of orange

Mint sprigs

600ml Appletise



Step 1- Put the cranberries into a medium size freezer container and cover them with water. Freeze until solid.

Step 2- Stir the cranberry juice in a big jug with the orange and lime juices.

Step 3- When you are ready to serve, smash the frozen cranberries into pieces and put them in the bottom of your glasses. Put a slide of orange and lime and a mint sprig into each glass. Top up with the mixed juices.


Alcohol-Free Piña Colada

Alcohol-Free Piña Colada

This tasty mocktail is suggested by Delish Magazine as the perfect way to transport you from a cold January day to a tropical holiday.


1 (10-oz.) bag of frozen pineapple chunks

4 large scoops of ice cream

1c. coconut milk

½ c. pineapple juice

Pineapple wedge, for serving

Maraschino cherry, for serving



Blend the pineapple, coconut milk, ice cream and pineapple juice. Split the mixture between your glasses and garnish with the pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry.


Try making these easy alcohol-free recipes and let the true student team know how you get on or tag us in your social posts to share your creations! These mocktails could be a great way to get your friends together, stay sober and have a great time, all within a student-friendly budget.

Posted 16 Jan 2023