Dry January is a tradition for me, mainly to detox and lose a couple of pounds after a month of holiday parties. While the soirees were canceled one after another this year, I’m still sticking to it with the help of Better Rhodes. This Madison-based company stocks and ships a huge variety of AF mocktails, wine, and beer.
Here are a few of our favorites:
We loved Lyre’s Italian Orange mixed with some Fever-Tree Tonic, a refreshing, citrusy, slightly bitter stand-in for Lillet on the rocks or the ubiquitous Aperol Spritz. This non-alcoholic blend combines natural essences of ruby grapefruits, blood oranges, and pomegranate. While the 200 calories in an Aperol Spritz add up quickly, this cocktail has a mere 25. Good for your liver AND your waist.
The Cranberry Cosmo by Mingle is a sparkling pale pink elixir crafted from organic sugar, lime, orange, and cranberry juice. It’s not too sweet and would be a lovely luncheon accompaniment or baby shower toast.
Next, we sipped a Cabernet Sauvignon by Vin Zero and were surprised by the dry but fruity and full-bodied glass. An easy sub with a cheese board or steak and only 100 calories in a 5-ounce pour. Even a French friend labeled it surprisingly good!
If you’re on the hunt for something festive, crack open a bottle of Tost, a fizzy white tea, cranberry, and ginger blend that sports a mere 60 calories per 12 ounces. Delish.
We’re no beer experts, but the two we tried, Punk AF and Ceria, tasted like the real thing to us. We threw around adjectives like hoppy, citrusy, and bold, but beer drinkers will have to come to their own conclusions, as we have no idea whatsoever what we’re talking about.
If you’re looking to reduce your consumption, or perhaps shave some calories but still want to look forward to ending the day with a drink in hand, we’d recommend placing an order with Better Rhodes ASAP. Whether your go-to is a G&T or an Old-Fashioned, there’s an option here for you.
Check the website for a slew of mocktails, near beers, and recipes: betterrhodes.com