3 Easy Mocktail Recipes to Elevate Your Dry January

Dry January might seem like a daunting prospect for cocktail lovers, but fear not! This year, ditch the hangovers and embrace the invigorating world of mocktails, where creativity blossoms and taste buds tango. And to elevate your sober soirees, we’re turning to the artistry of Curious Juniper, San Diego-based purveyors of handcrafted, small-batch simple syrups that sing with unexpected flavors like orange+vanilla+ginger and tamarind+chile+lime. So, let’s dive into three easy mocktail recipes courtesy of Curious Juniper that are designed to wake up your palate and make Dry January your most flavorful month yet!

Cucumber & Elderflower Spritz Mocktail

cucumber elderflower spritz mocktail recipe

This mocktail captures the essence of spring and warmer weather, with the citrus zing of lemon combined with refreshing cucumber and the floral essence of elderflower and chamomile. A perfect accompaniment to an afternoon tea party or Sunday brunch gathering.

Ingredients:
  • 2 oz strong brewed chamomile tea
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz {elderflower} Curious Juniper “done simply” syrup
  • 2 cucumber slices
Instructions:
  1. In a shaker tin, muddle 1 cucumber slice. 
  2. Add remaining ingredients and ice and shake well, strain into a wine or martini glass.
  3. Garnish with remaining cucumber slice. 

Blackberry Mocktini

blackberry mocktini recipe

Elevate your senses with sweet, sour and tangy notes in this delightful mocktini. Pair it with a cheese plate and fresh berries to round out the experience!

Ingredients:
  • 2 oz strong brewed black tea
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz {blackberry} Curious Juniper “done simply” syrup
  • Whole blackberries for garnish
Instructions:
  1. In a shaker tin filled with ice, add all ingredients and shake well. 
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass or coupe. 
  3. Garnish with a whole blackberry. 

Pink Coconut Creamsicle Mocktail

pink coconut creamsicle mocktail

Craving a beach vacation from the comfort of your living room? This vibrant mocktail whisks you away to sun-drenched shores with the tangy combo of lime and coconut, laced with the exotic whispers of Curious Juniper’s dragonfruit + lychee + coconut syrup.

Ingredients:
  • 2 oz coconut milk
  • 2 oz coconut water
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz {dragonfruit+lychee+coconut} Curious Juniper {not so simple} syrup
  • Toasted coconut and fresh or dried dragonfruit for garnish
Instructions:
  1. In a shaker tin filled with ice, add all ingredients and shake well. 
  2. Dip the edge of a rocks glass in lime juice and roll in toasted coconut and fill with ice.
  3. Strain mocktail over ice.
  4. Garnish with a slice of fresh or dried dragonfruit. 

These easy mocktail recipes are just a starting point! With Curious Juniper’s diverse flavor palette of simple syrups, the possibilities are endless. Remember, mocktails aren’t about deprivation; they’re about celebrating taste, exploring new combinations, and savoring the joy of a well-crafted beverage. Cheers to a vibrant, flavorful, and healthy Dry January!

Want to find a mocktail bar near you?

Read our Where to Find the Best Mocktails in San Diego guide for our picks for the top mocktails across the County. Cheers!

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