Recipe of the day: 6 mocktails to get through the rest of dry January

We’re already halfway through January and if one of your goals for this month was not to drink alcohol during the month, then you’re almost there on your goal for a dry January.

Studies have shown that a dry January has benefits such as weight loss and a reduction in blood pressure.

Preparing mocktails can be a daunting task for some, especially if you’re used to martinis, cosmopolitans, gin and tonics.

If your dry January consisted only of water, cold or hot drinks and you’re looking for mocktails to prepare, these will remind you of the classics.

ALSO READ: How to Defeat FOMA (Fear of Missing Alcohol) and Embrace Dry January

The following mocktail recipes aren’t too sweet and are perfectly balanced.

Recipes for dry January mocktails

Lyre’s penicillin


  • 60ml Lyre’s American Malt
  • 15ml honey and ginger syrup
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 30ml strong smoked tea


Shake briefly with ice, strain over large ice cubes and serve in an old fashioned glass.

Mocktail mojito

Dry mocktails in January.  Image: Included
Image: Included


  • 75ml Lyre’s White Cane Spirit
  • 30ml lime juice
  • 15 ml white sugar syrup
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 30 ml soda water


Pour all the ingredients into the glass, fill up with fresh ice cubes, stir, add the soda and garnish.

Amalfi Spray


  • 60ml Lyre’s Italian Spritz
  • 30ml premium bottled soda water


Put all the ingredients in a glass, stir and fill with fresh ice cubes. Serve in a tall or stemless wine glass.

These recipes are courtesy of

espresso martini

Dry January espresso martini mocktail.
Espresso martini mocktail. Image: iStock


  • 50ml Seedlip Spice
  • 50ml espresso
  • 15 ml sugar syrup

glass and garnish

  • coupe glass
  • Garnish with three coffee beans


Shake all ingredients and double strain. Then garnish.



  • 50ml seed lip groove
  • 30 ml cranberry juice
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 10 ml sugar syrup


Shake the ingredients three times and strain into a glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

Cape citrus and tonic

Dry January Cape Citrus Mocktail
Cape Citrus Mocktail. Image: Included


  • 50ml Abstinence Cape Citrus
  • Top up with Fever-Tree Indian Tonic

glass and garnish

  • gin mug
  • Garnish with a grapefruit slice and fresh rosemary.


Build ingredients over ice.

These recipes are courtesy of Abstinence and Seedlip.

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