Tips & Reviews

Alternatives to Boozy Drinks for Dry January

January 26, 2018

No I’m not here to berate you or persuade you to give up Dry January. Whatever your reason for doing it, it’s your reason and keep going!

In fact today I’m here to share with you some drinks you may want to try out during Dry January. My numerous Gin themed blog posts may pitch me as a borderline alcoholic. But dear reader, I am not. Dr W usually keep our drinking to the weekend and these days, it really is the odd G&T or test cocktail for my blog/insta! Mid week we generally stick to soft drinks, unless I’m at a blog event. Over Christmas Dr W and I tried out a few different soft drinks, which I will share with you today! Some are old faves and some are new to the market.

Dry January Drink Ideas - James White Fruite Juices

Premium juice manufacturer James White Drinks* has a range of sophisticated non-alcoholic drinks which provide a delicious alternative to alcohol. We tried out a few from the range but were really impressed with James White Classic Range of Apple Juices. This range is from five premium apple juices from English orchards: Bramley; Cox; Russet; Apple & Elderflower and Apple & Summer Berries. They make a great alternative to alcohol and I’ve been told they are made to using filtration techniques borrowed from the wine world. Posh eh?! The Russet was rather sweet, but I found it great served with plenty of ice. The Cox is lighter and wonderfully fruity.

Dry January - James White Drinks

From James White there is also Great Uncle Cornelius’ Refresher range. We really enjoyed Great Uncle Cornelius’ Ginger Refresher. Being huge fans of a Dark and Stormy, this gives you the ginger kick and you don’t miss the rum. We also checked out the Rhubarb and Lemon Refreshers, both unique, but really the ginger was the star of the show here.


We also enjoyed some old faves over the festive season. With Appletiser we made some mocktails with these as we have done in the past. I also tried out Fentimans Rose Lemonade and Elderflower Cordial. Mixing the cordial into the rose lemonade makes it even tastier, a wonderful mocktail, especially served with plenty of ice and a slice of lime!

Dry January - Firefly Drinks and Mason Jar

We also tried out Firefly‘s brand new mutlipacks, these are available in Tesco stores and have beautifully vibrant bottles. The flavours are all made with natural ingredients and no added sugar. Each individual bottle is enriched with botanical extracts making them a naturally revitalising drink. They are also ideal for those participating in Dry January. They come in three flavours; Peach and Green Tea, Kiwi, Lime and Mint and Lemon, Lime and Ginger.

I hope I’ve given those of you doing Dry January some inspiration! Have you tried any of the soft drinks I’ve shared? Let me know in the comments,


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P.P.S. All the James White Juices are available online from James White Drinks in 75cl bottles. Or contact 01473 890111 for your local stockist or to order direct.


  • Reply Ryoma Sakamoto.Japan January 27, 2018 at 9:40 am

    from Japan ;Thank Thank you as always nice newsletter.

    • Reply MissPond January 28, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      No worries 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply Ellie January 26, 2018 at 9:37 am

    I love the concept of non-alchoholic drinks! I’ve seen that it’s even possible to get no-alcohol gin????

    • Reply MissPond January 26, 2018 at 8:22 pm

      Yes you can get a drink called Seedlip. I tried it in Sheffield at a Gin Bar! It’s ok, although I prefer something like Fentimans.

  • Reply Sophie January 26, 2018 at 9:24 am

    some good suggestions here, Emma. I did a dry November and found that drinks that mocked alcoholic drinks worked best for me most of the time!

    • Reply MissPond January 26, 2018 at 8:24 pm

      I’ve never done a dry month! Maybe in the future…

  • Reply Sarah January 26, 2018 at 7:50 am

    I love how these look alcoholic, like they would be perfect if you didn’t want to drink at a party but stil wanted a fancy looking drink – nobody should be just lumped with a plain ol’ botle of coke!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

    • Reply MissPond January 26, 2018 at 8:31 pm

      Oh gosh definitely – if I’m not drinking I usually have Fentimans with me 🙂

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