Completing dry January isn’t an easy feat for those among us who are big on socializing and/or accustomed to enjoying an aperitif or two on the regular.
There is a wide range of healthy mixers on the market today, many of which are delicious and refreshing on their own, but can be accompanied by alcohol-free alternatives of your favorite spirits (Tequila, Gin, and Vodka). However, it is worth keeping in mind that alternatives, such as soft drinks and bottled water, are not without their own environmental impact.
Dry January Mixers for an Eco-friendly Detox
Here are ten healthy (and delicious) mixer suggestions to help you spruce up dry January and beyond, while being planet-conscious.
1. Infused water
Let’s start off with one of the healthiest options possible – water. But, not just ordinary, plain water – water that is infused with delicious flavors to add the perfect addition to a faux-spirit, or to simply enjoy on its own.
If you’re really going for it this dry January and want to focus on your hydration, sipping on a refreshing mountain-spring water such as JUST Water’s organic mint-infused water will help you to stay on track. Best still, their bottles are boxed in a plant-based carton which is infinitely recyclable.
2. Cranberry juice
Everyone knows that cranberries are great for promoting good urinary tract health. Cranberry juice is also high in polyphenols that are known to help support heart health. Studies also show that drinking cranberry juice can help to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol.
This beautifully rich red fruit produces a delicious juice full of goodness, and is a great accompaniment to many non-alcoholic cocktails, and you can find many organic and Fairtrade options in eco-friendly packaging.
3. Orange juice
Orange juice is a common mixer for alcoholic drinks, but on its own, it’s still delicious, thirst-quenching, and packed with vitamin C to boost your immune system. It’s also rich in folate and fiber to help keep you regular – so keep the pulp!
There are a range of rainforest-alliance-certified O.J.s to choose from.
4. Tomato juice
Tomatoes are a fantastic source of vitamins A and C, and a variety of other essential nutrients, such as lycopene. If you’re missing your Bloody Marys, you could even mix some tomato juice with a squeeze of lemon and a shot of non-alcoholic vodkas, such as Strykk.
Tomato production is a relatively sustainable process in itself so long as no pesticides are used. You can find a range of organic tomato juices on the market.
5. Unspiked by Cann
The non-alcoholic range of beverages called Unspiked from Cann is a great alternative to alcoholic drinks you may have usually been chugging. These craft tonics offer a crisp and sweet taste, with only 35 calories (or less) per can for added peace of mind.
Unspiked flavors include Lemon Lavender, Blood Orange Cardamom, and Grapefruit Rosemary. These drinks come in plastic-lined cans, but the good news is that this plastic does not affect the can’s recyclability.
6. Coconut water
Coconut water is somewhat of an acquired taste, but for many, it beats plain water and tastes refreshing and healthy – which it is. You can enjoy coconut water on its own, for added hydration benefits, as it is a natural source of electrolytes, and is rich in potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants.
Alternatively, if you’re missing your cocktails, consider adding in some alcohol-free gin, such as Ritual Zero Proof’s Gin alternative, a dash of sparkling water, and some fresh strawberries, and you’ve got yourself a yummy, healthy mocktail.
Check out the Harmless Harvest range for a great sustainable option.
7. Lemon Juice
Neat lemon juice is a popular drink in Thailand, among some other places. But for most people, it’s far too tart to be drunk that way. Nevertheless, lemon is a rich source of vitamin C and potassium, as well as a good digestion aid. Additionally, once metabolized, lemon juice can help to alkalize your body.
Squeeze it into some sparkling water over ice and add some faux-gin if you’ve got FOMO.
Lemon production is another relatively sustainable process, just make sure to buy non GMO/organic.
Watermelon I, as the name suggests, primarily made up of water, and packed with an anti-cancer antioxidant called lycopene. It is a great alternative to sodas with its naturally sweet flavor. Try whizzing up a cooling slushy with some frozen watermelon for instant refreshment without any nasties.
The pesticide load of watermelons can be quite high, so it’s best to buy organic if you can.
9. Poppi Sparkling Prebiotic Soda
Any soda lovers looking for the ultimate healthy alternative without compromising on taste should check out Poppi Sparkling Prebiotic Soda. With a maximum sugar content of just 5g and only 20 calories per can, these sodas also feature a prebiotic component for gut health, glowing skin, and a stronger immune system.
Made using fresh fruits, Poppi soda flavors include Watermelon, Strawberry Lemon, and Raspberry Rose. Better yet, according to Green Choice
Poppi’s range of sodas are estimated to have a very low carbon and water footprint.
10. Betty Buzz mixers
When stunning, healthy celebrities like Blake Lively not only endorse a drink but are behind the whole production, it’s fair to assume that the product is a good one, and her Betty Buzz range of mixers does not disappoint.
These alcohol-free mixers are delicious, full of bubbles, include ginger beer and grapefruit varieties, and come in 100% recyclable glass packaging.
Going one step further than *alcohol-free*
Anyone big on socializing or enjoying regular alcoholic beverages at home can find dry January a bit tricky. Ultimately, you’re participating in an alcohol-free month, a month designed to be good for you, so it makes little sense to replace the booze with artificial mixers filled with nasties. (And you can pair them with some sustainably made snacks!)
Hopefully, this list of healthy mixer alternatives has given you some inspiration for finding drinks to boost your health during dry January and beyond, and with sustainability in mind.
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