There’s tons of New Year’s resolutions floating around for New Yorkers this year, and many are partaking in the famous “Dry January.” Vowing to cut back on their alcohol intake in 2023, the task can seem impossible in our city, thanks to cool rooftop bars, speakeasies, and nightclubs. But we assure you it is possible (there’s even sober-specific bars to try out)! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite mocktails that are currently being served for Dry January in NYC! Get a load of these flavor-filled drinks:
1. Mulberry Blend at Madame George
This cocktail bar is an ode to NYC, and you’ll see that in their menu, which is separated into various city-themed sections. In their “Naked Madame George” section is our highlight, the Mulberry Blend, which includes Lyre’s Highmand Malt, Lyre’s Amaretti, Cola, and Manhattan Special Espresso Soda served with an orange twist garnish. Full mocktail menu here.
Where: 45 W 45th St
2. Dry January Flight at TALEA Beer Co
For our beer lovers, get the taste of hoppy goodness without alcohol at Talea in Williamsburg! The Dry January flight they’re currently offering includes NA Festie Marzen Lager (Caramel, toffee, a hint of plum and spice), NA Peach Berry Punch Sour Ale (Brewed with peach, strawberry, and pink guava), NA Marine Layer West Coast IPA (Fresh pine, pumpernickel toast), and NA Hop Water Cocktail (Fizzy, citrusy, fresh; conditioned on Citra hops 0% ABV). Full menu here.
Where: 87 Richardson St, Brooklyn
3. Cloaked at Olly Olly Market
This mocktail at the newly opened Olly Olly Market in Chelsea is the perfect way to gather some peace in the bustling marketplace. Located at the Bar Avant & Aprés Bar within the market, this drink is created with three spirit social elixir, verjus rouge, and demerara. They also have a few others on show, including the “Spirit Free” (Green Friends seedlip garden 108, rosemary, lime cordial) and the “Citrus Glow” (Lyre’s apertif, aurora hops pomeleo sage, sparkling grapefruit). Learn more here.
Where: 601 W 26th St
4. Gin-Less G&T at Valerie
This gin-less G&T is made with Seedlip garden, ginger, and Q elderflower tonic! It’s refreshing, flavorful, and a classic! They also have two other mocktails as well, both centered around the alcohol-free spirit Seedlip. Full menu here.
Where: 45 W 45th St
5. Tropical Passion at Junoon
This Michelin-starred Indian restaurant is not only known for it’s delicious food…but the drinks too! Curated by mixologist Hemant Pathak with a focus on Indian botanicals, liquors, spices and teas, the Tropical Passion (coconut cream, coconut milk, guava, grapefruit) pictured above is an obvious standout. Or even give the Cucumber Collins (lychee, lime, cucumber, ginger beer) a try for something less sweet! Full menu here.
Where: 19 W 24th St
6. Cool as a Cucumber at Monterey
For our Upper East Side folks, stop by Monterey to try out the refreshing Cool as a Cucumber, made with cucumber, lime, mint, and soda! Also for only $10, you can try out the Caramelized Pineapple Mule, made with lime and Fever Tree Ginger Beer. Full menu here.
Where: 37 E 50th St
7. Spiced Apple Seltzer at Shuka
This Middle Eastern favorite is serving up a pair of mocktails for Dry January including the Spiked Apple Seltzer (Apple Cider, Ginger Syrup, Lemon, Seltzer) pictured above, as well as the Pomegranate Fizz (Pomegranate Juice, Hibiscus Syrup, Lemon Juice, Seltzer). Full menu here.
Where: 38 MacDougal St
8. NA Cosmojito at Dante
We love Dante as a West Village staple, and we love their mocktail, the NA Cosmojito even more. Concocted with Lime, Dante Cranberry, Simple Syrup, Mint Leaves, and Orange Bitters, how could you go wrong? They also have a Espresso Shakerato (Three Spirits Nightcap, Lyre’s Coffee Liqueur, Simple Syrup, Espresso, Rose Water and Saline) and Dante Spritz (Lyre’s Italian Spritz, Classic N/A Prosecco, San Pellegrino) which are quite good too. If you are looking for alcohol though, we suggest their Negroni Sbagliato…
Where: 79-81 MacDougal St
9. Fizzy Tea at Day Drinks
This cute drinks shop in Chelsea that serves coffee, tea, botanics, and cocktails is serving up some non-alcoholic fun too! Both the Fizzy Tea (Carbonated Iced Tea, Chamomile Mint or Four Seasons Oolong) pictured above and the Dry Hopped Tea (Carbonated Delicious Tea dry hopped like a refreshing IPA) are both served on tap and are perfect for a quick to-go pick up! Full menu here.
Where: 425 W 15th St
10. Blackberry Collins at Jackdaw
This East Village staple is serving a variety of mocktails for Dry January this year, including the Blackberry Collins shown above, which includes blackberries, agave, fresh lemon, and sparkling water. Other highlights include the Supersplit (Orange Juice, Vanilla, Seltzer) and the Coney Island (Pineapple, Lemon, Ginger, Simple, Seltzer). Full menu here.
Where: 213 2nd Ave
11. Phony Negroni at The Tippler
This cocktail bar nestled in the cellar underneath Chelsea market is serving the “Phony Negroni” which is created with a locally sourced Brooklyn spirit St. Agrestis! They also have other booze-free options like alcohol-free kombucha and 0% ABV Heineken lager + more. Full menu here.
Where: 425 W 15th St
12. Birthday Suit at Milady’s
Stop into Milady’s today from 4 pm – 7 pm for complimentary mocktails and small bites! They’ll be serving 4 different non-alcoholic options, including our favorite the Birthday Suit (Lyre’s Dry London Spirit, Lyre’s Italian, Wilfred’s Aperitif, Passion Fruit Syrup, Lemon Twist), as well as the Espresso Marti-no (Lyre’s White Cane, Lyre’s Coffee, Three Spirit Nightcap, Simple Syrup, Espresso, Egg White, El Guapo Fuego Bitters), the Hot Spiced Cider (Lyre’s Spiced Cane, Mulled Cider, Nutmeg), and the Milady’s Nah-Tini (Lyre’s Aperitif Dry, Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso, Lyre’s Pink London Spirit, Everleaf Marine, Lemon Twist or Olive garnish). Learn more here.
Where: 160 Prince St
13. It’s About Thyme at Fandi Mata
This cute Mediterranean spot in Brooklyn is serving non-alcoholic options created by their Beverage Director & Partner, Milos Zica right now. Our favorite is the It’s About Thyme (Homemade Grapefruit cordial, Silence Tea, Fresh lime juice, topo chico sparkling water), but there’s also the PG 13 (Homemade Pineapple cordial, Fresh lime juice, Ginger syrup, Lemongrass syrup, Muddled Cucumber) and the Eye of the Tiger (Homemade Mango curry cordial, Lemon juice, Honey syrup, Ginger beer). Full menu here.
Where: 74 Bayard St, Brooklyn