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Give 'Dry January' A Try at These Local Bars and Restaurants

Mocktails, spritzers, and refreshing elixirs!

By Shelby Stewart January 11, 2022

 

These Houston restaurants are taking part in Dry January.

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It's the top of the year, and everyone is working to maintain their new year's resolutions. Working out, eating better, or spending less money are some of the typical resolutions that float to the top of American's lists. But if you've decided to make a resolution to cut back or stop drinking alcohol completely, you're amongst many who take part in Dry January

"Dry January" is when many participate in sobriety from alcohol, to help jumpstart a clean, healthy new year. Originally started by Alcohol Change UK,  the initiative was created to get healthier, leave hangovers behind, and even save a little bit of money in the first month of the year.

Today, thousands across the country participate in the wellness trend, and it helps many stay alcohol-free for the remainder of the year. If you want to simply cut back or remove alcohol from your diet completely, there are a few restaurants and bars in Houston that can help you stay dedicated to your new year's resolution.

Below, find Houston restaurants and bars serving mocktails for Dry January. 

Coltivare

The Short Spritz, available at Coltivare. 

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Agricole Hospitality's popular Italian concept Coltivare is fully taking part in Dry January with a curated menu of specialty mocktails utilizing alcohol-free brands that make you forget you're even cutting alcohol from your diet.

  • Falling Fox. Fan of a good, strong daiquiri? The Falling Fox has all the makings of the popular New Orleans frozen drink, made with seedlip spice, pineapple juice, lemon, and simple syrup.
  • Not & Tonic. A traditional gin & tonic is a staple at any bar. Coltivare's spin is the Not & Tonica not so boozy take on the classic gin and tonic, made with ingredients like elderflower tonic, grapefruit peels, and mint, cloves. 
  • Pirate's Choice. If you enjoy Amaro highballs, this is the drink for you. Mixed with Cola syrup and soda, the mocktail definitely has a kick to it. 
  • Shake It. Couldn't get enough of the spiked eggnog over the holidays? Shake It is what you need. The drink, is presented like eggnog, but tastes like your favorite old fashioned ice cream parlor milkshake.
  • Short Spritz. If bubbles is your go-to at the bar, the Short Spritz is what you're looking for. The bubbly mocktail acts as a cross between a Peach Bellini and an Aperol Spritz.
  • Take Five. You can never go wrong with a good ole' hot toddy. The Take Five was created similar to a Hand Warmer Toddy, but taste aligns with an Amaretto Tea. 
  • Walks Like A Duck. Amareto Sour fans could never be left out. This unique mocktail was made with Lyres Ameretti, lemon, simple syrup, and egg whites. 

Coltivare, 3320 White Oak Drive. All mocktails at Coltivare are priced at $7.25. For more information, visit the website. 

Dish Society

Try the Lemonberry Elixir at Dish Society for Dry January. 

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If you want to enjoy brunch alcohol free, Dish Society has a collection of fresh press juices and house elixirs that will get you your fix. 

  • Lemonberry Elixir. Doctored lemonade is a fan-favorite everywhere. At Dish Society, the Lemonberry is made with a blend of fresh fruit and mint make for the refreshing mocktail. 
  • Virgin Mojito. If you love a real Mojito, Dish's Virgin Mojito is a really close second. The drink mixes fresh lime juice, cane sugar, mint and club soda together for a drink with a kick to it. 

Dish Society, six Houston area locations. Drinks are priced at $5.75. For more information, visit the website.

Tobiuo Sushi & Bar

Mocktail selections at Tobiuo Sushi & Bar. 

 The coveted sushi bar in Katy is adding a few custom drinks to their menu for the month of January. Curated by General Manager Le Chau, these mocktails are fruit focused refreshers. 

  • Strawberry Basil. If you love a strawberry lemonade, Tobiuo's Strawberry Basil is a great selection. The drink is made with three simple ingredients, strawberry, lemonade, and basil. 
  • Lavender Lychee. Live on the wild side and order a Lavender Lychee. While lychee is the core ingredient, the mocktail includes pineapple, cherry, and lavender flavors. 
  • Orange Dreamsicle. Creamsicles bring back great childhood memories and are a great way to cool off from Houston heat. Try the Orange Dreamsicle at Tobiuo, made with orange juice, pineapple, and vanilla.
  • Honey Ginger - Natural ingredients like locally sourced honey, lemon juice, and ginger make for a refreshing drink with quite the kick. 

Tobiuo Sushi & Bar, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd Suite H130, Katy, TX 77494. Drinks are priced at $4 each. For more information, visit the website.

Brennan’s of Houston

The barkeeps at Brennan's definitely know how to make a cocktail. It takes some real know-how to craft an alcoholic beverage, but even more skill to make a drink that imitates alcohol. Brennan's has multiple selections for Dry January, but two on the menu truly stand out. 

  • Blackberry Lemon Drop. Instead of vodka, this Virgin Blackberry Lemon Drop incorporates soda, along with fresh lemon juice, and blackberry syrup, that makes for a bittersweet mocktail. 
  • Virgin Mojito. You can never go wrong with a mojito. The fresh blend of muddled mint, fresh lime, syrup and soda makes you forget the rum is missing. 

Brennan's, 3300 Smith Street. For more information, visit the website.

Monkey's Tail

If you're going free-spirited this month, Monkey's Tail has a selection of seasonal mocktails that will fit any vibe. 

  • Frozen Hawt Cocoa. Monkey's Tail flips hot cocoa on its head with a mocktail take on the seasonal favorite. The Frozen Hawt Cocoa is a frothy and creamy mix of hot cocoa, much like a milkshake, topped with mini marshmallows. 
  • Housemade Spiced Apple Ponché Soda. Looking for something fruity with a kick? The Housemade Spiced Apple Ponché Soda is just the thing. Monkey's Tail bartenders mix a healthy blend of apple, guava, piloncillo, tamarind, hibiscus, orange, cinnamon & clove
  • Penichill’n. If you want something all-new and really unique, Monkey's Tail has it. The Penichill'n mocktail is made with spiritless kentucky 74, salted honey, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, spritz smoky tea. 

Monkey's Tail, 5802 Fulton Street. For more information, visit the website

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