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Damp January (a less-harsh alternative to Dry January)

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Mocktails/Light Cocktails for a Reset Month in 2024

OK, Dry January is a great concept of moderation, but 2023 parties keep going.  What if Teetotaling isn’t my thing? Dryuary?

I got a great start for January-DRY, but then

  • Monday Monsoon
  • Tuesday was Torrential
  • Wednesday was Wicked and Wet
  • Thursday Thunderstorms…

Shut Up Liver… You’re not the Boss of me!

  • Friday – Flash Flood
  • Saturday – Saturated
  • Sunday was a Super Soaker   -Eeeek!

Is it still a win if my January achievement is Damp? 

(Note: We are saying Damp, Not Moist)


What is the meaning of Dry January?

Dry January is a campaign started by Alcohol Change UK.   People can sign up to abstain from alcohol for the month of January.  Sober- January is a Dry Month Challenge that seems to be catching on

When did Dry January become a Thing?

Dry January 2024 will be the 11th year of challenges.  Maybe Dry January is the latest media fad, but you may feel like you need a break from the overindulgence of the holiday season, and calm your wild side!


What is Damp January?

Dry January-LITE?

“Damp” January participants tend to limit their alcohol intake throughout the month, rather than cut it out completely.

A month-long teetotaling challenge can sound like Purgatory-

so here are some recipes to

Level the Libation

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5 from 57 votes

Damp January

A collection of Mocktails and Light Cocktails
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Damp January, dry january, January, January cocktails, Light cocktails, Mocktails, Moderation cocktails, moist january


  • Cocktail Glasses


  • Mocktails
  • Light Cocktails


  • Enjoy Damp January


Damp January Mocktails:

Aperol spritz cocktail

Non-Alcoholic Aperol Spritz This virgin Aperol spritz is a delicious and healthy take on the classic Italian orange drink that is served everywhere in Italy.  The fresh herbs and combination of juices hit both bitter and sweet notes an Aperol spritz is known for!

Grapefruit mocktail

Sparkling Thyme and Grapefruit Cocktail This grapefruit mocktail is a non-alcoholic spin on the classic Paloma! It combines grapefruit juice, agave, thyme, and sparkling water for a bubbly, refreshing, and fruity drink! It’s as complex and dynamic as a traditional cocktail.

Porn Star Martini Mocktail

Pornstar Martini Mocktail The pornstar martini mocktail is a non-alcoholic cocktail with all the flavor and balance of the original.

Frosty Coconut Mint Green Tea Mocktail

Frosty Coconut Mint Green Tea Mocktail  Need a little refreshment? A Frosty Coconut Mint Green Tea Mocktail with natural coconut water will have you feeling hydrated, healthy, and luxurious! Just 3 simple ingredients and you will be sipping all day long!

Damp January Light Cocktails (Dry-ish)

champagne glass with prossecco, Ver liqueur, ginger soda garnished with an apple and sprig of rosemary

Reconstituted VERgin  Maybe you’re resetting more than just alcohol?  Either way, You will love this light and botanical Spritz.  Multi-layered with notes of herbs, spices, seeds, bark, mint, and the sparkle of Prosecco.  Bubbles and Botanicals make this cocktail mysterious and complex.

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Apple Cider Mule With spicy ginger ale, fragrant apple cider, and optional brandy, this Apple Cider Mule is a tasty cocktail or mocktail.

limencello spritz

Limoncello Spritz  This limoncello spritz is a fresh, bright, and sunny cocktail made with only four ingredients. Made with limoncello, sparkling wine, a splash of sparkling water, and a squeeze of lemon juice, you’ve got yourself a lightly boozy, sipping cocktail that’s citrusy sweet, and refreshing.


Fast & Easy Apps for Dry-ish January


marscpone butter board with strawberries, basil and balsamic vingar and toast pointsThe Spread   Mascarpone Butter Board with Balsamic Strawberries Basil and Candied Pecans.  This is the easiest appetizer you never have to cook, the express train of bougie, and simple goodness.




fruit appetizer - grapes covered with cheese and crushed pistachos

Ball Busters   Sweet, fresh grapes covered in a creamy cheese spread with a salty and crunchy pistachio coating.  A delicious and surprising fruit appetizer that is Keto and vegetarian.

Moisture meter with a moving dial

What else can give me a

strong start to 2024?

Here are 5 Simple Challenges 

that can make a difference



1. Get moving

Set a regular routine for yourself to add more activity to your day.  More walking, and more exercise leads to better weight management, better muscle tone, and more endorphins.

An exercise class or sport can add new friendships, new routines- and possibly a new fun factor to 2024



2. Get Better Sleep

Our bodies like routines.  Be thoughtful about calming activities before bed, and target wake up times to start your day.  This is your reset button.   Good sleep helps you stay healthy, think better and look younger!



3.  Reduce sugar

Cutting sugars can help you keep your glucose low, and lower risks for diabetes.  Read your labels- and try to eat-in more.  Restaurants often use more sugar than you would use at home.



4.   Get a good check-up

Regular health checks can help you to reduce your risks, and identify potential problems early.  Solving the little problems may even help you be more effective with the other challenges on this list.



5.  Reduce stress. 

Embrace and be grateful for the positives in your life.

Stress can be the cause of aches and pains, insomnia, low energy, low focus, and changes in social behavior.

Make a list of the biggest stressers in your life.  What can you reduce or eliminate?

Find the joy and live your best life.


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5 Responses

  1. We did a sampling of several of the dry January Mocktails. Delish. We love getting a group together to try some of the recipes listed. The recipes are very good and adds laughs to the get together.

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