Whatever your reason for going booze free in the new year, you can do it in style at some of your favorite local spots. Take a peek to see who’s doing hooch-free bevvies that’ll see you through Dry January and beyond.
Alcove is tipping their hat to teetotalers in the New Year with an entire page of their extensive drink menu devoted to spiritless swigs. They’re offering craft mocktails like the bracing Miles’ Collins with house ginger syrup and fresh citrus and Papi’s Punch with mint, cinnamon, grapefruit, and lime. For folks craving something less colorful, they also offer both red and white Navarro Vineyards wine juice, as well as a smattering of house-made sodas. Click this way to check out the full selection.
Alden & Harlow & Waypoint
Whether you’re the designated driver or just keeping it dry this January, Waypoint and Alden & Harlow both have solid lists of seasonal mocktails to keep you feeling like a part of the party. Gone are the days of being relegated to soda water while your friends imbibe—these drinks are as thoughtful and well-curated as their boozy brethren. Come try tipples like Waypoint’s If The Shoe Fits with grilled pineapple, lime, and mint, or A&H’s Plum Out of Ideas with red plum, Thai basil, and bubbles. Check out the full menus on their respective websites (Alden & Harlow and Waypoint) and see what else is on offer.
Cabin fever in January is contagious, but if you’re still feeling a little hung over from the holidays, head to Henrietta’s Table in Cambridge where they’ve whipped up a whole menu of tame tipples to delight your senses without dulling them. Just in time for mocktail season, refresh yourself with a Virgin Peach Mojito or Strawberry Margarita, or opt for a Marinelli’s sparkling cider or Spindrift soda while you dine. Click this way for the full list of libations and to make reservations.
Cutting out cocktails doesn’t mean getting stuck with drinking something boring or sacrificing flavor. Look to Little Donkey for a fun alternative with their spirit-free Fancy Sodas, an idea mixed up by Bar Director Robert Phillips. He’s created a line-up of six sippers — priced at $6 apiece — made with non-alcoholic sparkling wine, cold brew coffee, tonic, soda water, non-alcoholic beer and ginger beer. Housemade syrups (like blueberry), shrubs (like spiced turmeric) and mixes (like spicy Bloody Mary) top off the glass, giving the concoctions zest without being super sweet. Coffee lovers might like Buzz Lite with cold brew coffee, cinnamon and cream, while fans of fruit may find a friend in Just Dew It with honeydew, serrano, pineapple, lime and soda. Drop by Central Square before the end of the month to gulp down these refreshments (and give your liver a break).
Just because it’s Dry January doesn’t mean you have to stay in after New Year’s. TAMO in the Seaport is offering a bevy of non-alcoholic beverages that’ll lift your spirits without actually using any. Join your friends for a Seaport Sparkler (pomegranate, mint, bubbles), a Hibiscus Iced Tea (fresh tea and hibiscus syrup), or kick your NYE hangover with a Novo Bloody Mary (sans vodka). Friends don’t let friends drink soda with a splash of cranberry.