As the festive echoes of Christmas fade away, we are kicking off a brand-new year, armed with resolutions ranging from healthier eating habits to daily workouts and improved neighbourly kindness. Among these, the idea of a little detox might be looming large, especially after the whirlwind of celebrations and the generous pours of holiday cheer.

But do not worry, for Dry January is upon us! A trend that you, dear VinoVossers, might have already contemplated or are considering with intrigue, to reduce your alcohol consumption and stop heavy drinking.

Dry January or not? It's up to you. Enjoy with an amazing mocktail! (Credit: Melissa Walker Horn,

Origin Story: A Toast to Health

The roots of Dry January trace back to the UK, where a health foundation first encouraged a month-long hiatus from alcohol in 2014. Over the years, this concept has found a home in the United States, Germany and elsewhere, turning January into a month of abstinence. This isn't just about slowing down on your wine glass; it's a challenge, an act of self-care, a detox for both body and mind.

Dry January supporters argue that a snappy name makes it easier to decline offered alcoholic beverages. No longer the buzzkill at the party, you can casually refer to your participation in the Dry January challenge. Abstaining from alcohol for a month is not considered a social inconvenience anymore. It has become a badge of honor, a lifestyle superpower celebrated for its demonstration of endurance, mental strength, and determination.

But Wait, There's More: The Trend Trap

Yet, as we get on with this Dry January thing, a slew of trends like "Veganuary" and "Sugar-Free February" threaten to turn our lives into a never-ending cycle of deprivation. Have we sacrificed life's joys and pleasures in the pursuit of wellness? Perhaps it's time to strike a balance and not take it all too seriously.

Here at VinoVoss, we've curated a list of our wine team's favorite non-alcoholic drinks to ease you into the world of alternatives. After all, who says you can't enjoy a drink without the buzz? And for those inevitable post-dry moments, we've crafted a recommendation list of wines to make your return to the world of alcoholic delights even more pleasurable.

Vinovoss' Top Picks for Dry Delights

Lavender Earl Grey Martini

Combining some herbal spice with a lovely freshness: Lavender Earl Grey Martini (Credit: Heather Ford,

Simultaneously comforting and uplifting, this martini harmonizes lavender with Earl Grey and alcohol-free gin.



  • Prepare a robust cup of Earl Grey tea using less water and steep for 8-10 minutes.
  • Chill in the fridge.
  • Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake for 6 seconds.
  • Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon peel, expressing the oils over the cocktail.


Aperitif Without the Hangover

Crafted from pure ingredients, the homemade concoction features sparkling water, Himalayan salt, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and aromatic mint. This exclusive elixir boasts a sugar-free formula, abundant in Vitamin C.

Nothing as easy and refreshing as this: Churchill (Credit: Jez Timms,


  • 250 ml Mineral water
  • 1 Amount Lemon
  • 2 Tablespoon Salt
  • Mint for garnish


  • Extract the juice from the lemon directly into the glass.
  • Pour the mineral water cautiously to avoid excessive bubbling. Introduce salt to the mixture.
  • For an extra touch, consider adding some ice and garnish with mint.

Dominican-Style Ginger Iced Tea

A refreshing blend of fresh ginger, lemons, limes, mint, and honey—perfect for the whole family.

With a hint of zest and spice, simply delicious, our Dominican-Style spiced iced tea (Credit: Åsa Pålsson,


  • 2 3- inch pieces of fresh ginger peeled and shredded
  • 8 cups of boiling filtered water
  • 6 juicy lemons freshly squeezed
  • 3 juicy limes freshly squeezed
  • 7 more or less tablespoons of honey or any sweetener of your choice
  • Mint leaves optional
  • 10-12 ice cubes


  • Pour boiling water into a heatproof pitcher with ginger; let it steep for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, squeeze lemon and lime juices.
  • Strain ginger mixture, add honey (or sugar) while hot, and mix well, aiming for a sweeter taste.
  • Add ice cubes to the pitcher and incorporate lemon and lime juices.
  • Mix thoroughly; adjust sweetness with more honey or water as needed.
  • Serve with fresh lime slices and mint leaves. Ét voîlá!

Back to the Grape: VinoVoss' Post-Dry Wine Recommendations

Now that you've successfully managed to survive Dry January, it's time to reintroduce the pleasure of wine back into your life. Here are VinoVoss' picks to complement those post-dry moments:


Celebrate your return to the world of wine with the effervescence of Domaine Carneros Brut. With its crisp acidity and delicate bubbles, it's an ideal choice for toasting to newfound balance.


Dive into the vibrant world of Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc, a wine that bursts with lively citrus notes and a crisp finish. Perfect for those moments of light-hearted revelry.


For those seeking a bolder post-dry experience, Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon offers a symphony of dark fruit flavors and velvety tannins. Indulge in the luxury of a well-deserved sip.

In the grand shine of Dry January, VinoVoss invites you to explore new flavors, and rediscover the joy of drinking alcohol in moderation. Whether you're sipping an inviting mocktail or savoring a well-deserved glass of wine, let VinoVoss be your guide to a balanced and flavorful January.

Cheers to a month of mindful imbibing!

Lotte Gabrovits

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