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An Atlantan’s guide to ditching the booze in January and beyond 

Some local non-alcoholic drinks to try and some recipes for making some yourself at home

Whether you’re planning to stay sober for Dry January or you want to live a dry lifestyle year round, there are plenty of ways to hydrate with fancy drinks that don’t feel like they’re missing anything, even without the alcohol. 

Holmes' Lei Lei Lemonade is an always-available "secret" menu item made with a butterfly pea flower tea base, housemade purple syrup, lemon juice and a touch of water. Read more about Holmes here.

At Reynoldstown restaurant Muchacho, guests can sip on a selection of booze-less drinks including horchata, ginger tumeric tonic and daily agua fresca. Read more about Muchacho here.

El Super Pan serves aguas tropicales at both its locations. The non-alcoholic drinks come in flavors including  tamarindo (tamarind), mora (blackberry) and hibiscus ginger tea. Read more about El Super Pan here.

•Having a Dry January this year? We’ve got three things you need to make your alcohol-free month delicious. 

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•House made bitters, fizzy sodas, muddled herbs- they all seem to hydrate our system and revive our spirits. But we often only think of alcoholic cocktails. Besides the obvious reasons not to imbibe, like age or medical restrictions, here are three other reasons to skip the alcohol and try a “mocktail.”

•There is a paradigm shift in the drinking world, as people become increasingly mindful of consumption habits and seek alternatives. Enter Seedlip, the world’s first distilled nonalcoholic spirit. Its tagline is “what to drink when you’re not drinking,” and it’s increasingly found on the shelves of the world’s most prestigious bars, such as the French Laundry, Eleven Madison Park, the Dead Rabbit and, right here in Atlanta, at fine-dining institution Bacchanalia. Read more here.

•When building a mocktail of your own, take a page from our experts. There is no alcohol to be found, but, if it’s done right, you’ll be too pleased to notice. Get recipes here.

•Mocktails are the perfect reason to drink up, sans alcohol, while enjoying summer or any outdoor soiree. In Atlanta, mixologists are curating concoctions with favorite “chasers” like cranberry juice and club soda. The ones listed below, which includes two recipes, will surely offer another reason to say “Cheers.”

•Want to make your own mocktail at home? The Sunday Morning Revival from Wahoo is sort of a ginger-lemonade with a dash of turmeric and a pinch of cayenne, our testers agreed this is one refreshing beverage. Learn to make it here.

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