Dry July is a popular movement across the globe and for great reasons. Science has shown that taking a break from alcohol is good for your health and actually sets you up to make better choices around alcohol months later! You can take a mid-year reset and go dry in July with these 11 mocktail recipes we’re sharing with you! Share your favorites – or your original creations with us, don’t forget to tag @thisnakedmind on IG, and #nakeddrinks.
How To Go Dry In July
Somewhere, someone designated July 10 as National Piña Colada Day. So if you like piña coladas (Sorry, couldn’t help myself!) you can whip up a non-alcoholic version of Puerto Rico’s national drink on this day or any day. We’ve thrown in a few secret ingredients that bump up the flavor profile of this drink and keep it interesting. Make sure to hold onto the peels and leaves of your pineapple to use as garnish as well!
You’ll need these on hand to make this delicious drink –
¼ cup fresh pineapple chunks (You can use frozen pineapple chunks if you do not have access to fresh pineapple. Reduce the amount of ice used if using frozen pineapple)
1 cup pineapple juice
¼ cup cream of coconut
1 cup crushed ice
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon rum extract
pineapple wedges (for garnish)
maraschino cherries (for garnish)
pineapple leaves (for garnish)
Place your hurricane glasses in the fridge or freezer so they are chilled when your drinks are ready! Cut the pineapple top off. Reserve some of the smaller leaves for garnish.
Cut the skin off the pineapple. You can also rinse this and cut it into strips to use as garnish.
Core your pineapple and cut the top 1/4 off of it. Cut enough pineapple wedges to garnish your glasses with it. Make sure to cut a slit in the bottom if the wedge so it can sit on the rim of the glass. Do the same with your cherries.
Cut the remaining pineapple into 1-inch chunks.
Shake the pineapple juice and cream of coconut well before pouring into the blender.
Add the fresh pineapple chunks, crushed ice, rum extract, and lime juice to the blender. Pulse until smooth.
Pour into chilled glasses and garnish with fruit, leaves, pineapple skin, and whatever other tropical accouterments you desire.
July happens to be National Watermelon Month in the US and July 11 is National Mojito Day. We decided why not combine the two with this tasty Watermelon (and Lavender!) Mocjito! It’s sweet but tangy and oh so incredibly refreshing! This drink is ready in just a few minutes but I’ve found that one pitcher doesn’t last long at all. What I love best is that everyone always raves about it!
You’ll need these ingredients to make it!
3 cups Watermelon (cubed)
3- 4 tbsp Sugar (to taste)
1/4 cup Mint Leaves
1/4 cup Lavender Leaves
1/2 a Lime
2 Cups Club Soda (or Sparkling Water)
Puree the watermelon in a blender and strain well.
While the watermelon is straining, muddle the lime wedges, mint leaves, lavender leaves and sugar until the mint and lavender leaves are a bit bruised.
Divide the ice, lime mixture, watermelon purée, and club soda or sparkling water between 4 glasses. Mix well.
Garnish with mint and lavender sprigs, lime slice, and watermelon slice.
The Michelada is a popular drink in Mexico and July 12 happens to be Michelada Day. Traditionally this drink includes beer but it’s easy to make just using mineral water instead. I use Topo Chico myself! This drink is huge on flavor and actually a great way to get some of your servings of veggies in as well!
You need the following to go dry in July with this drink –
2 cups Clamato® (You can use an alternate tomato juice but it will change the flavor. Clamato contains clam juice giving it its unique flavor)
2 cups mineral water
1 tsp. hot sauce
2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. soy sauce or teriyaki sauce
1/2 cup lime juice
2 garlic cloves (pressed)
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp Tajín seasoning (for garnish)
1 fresh lime (for garnish)
Green olives, cocktail onions, cherry tomatoes, sweet mini peppers, celery, and limes (for garnish)
Sprinkle Tajin seasoning on a plate. Rub a lime slice around the rim of the glass and dip the glass in the Tajin seasoning to salt the rim.
Mix Clamato®, mineral water, pressed garlic, lime juice, sauces, and black pepper in a large pitcher.
Fill glasses with ice, and add Michelada mocktail.
Garnish with a skewer containing your choice of toppings.
When I said July was packed with holidays usually related to booze, I wasn’t kidding. Daiquiri day also happens to fall on July 12. We’ve probably all had a non-alcoholic version of this drink before but I’ve found a twist that gives it that something extra! This version includes coconut water! If you’re not a strawberry fan (or allergic to them!) you can use frozen coconut chunks in place of the strawberries in this recipe.
Cool off and enjoy using –
1 (14.5-ounce) can pineapple chunks in juice
1 (12-ounce) bag frozen strawberries (substitute with frozen coconut chunks if needed)
2 tablespoons superfine sugar
1 cup coconut water
2 medium limes, juiced or about 4 tablespoons lime juice
Fresh strawberries (or coconut), optional, for garnish
In a blender, combine pineapple, frozen strawberries, coconut water, sugar, and lime juice. Puree until smooth. Pour into glasses, garnish with fresh strawberries.
Hot Margarita Mocktail
One of the things that can make going dry in July a challenge is just how many alcohol-related holidays there happen to be in the month. You can still have a Margarita on National Tequila Day (July 24) and you will definitely still feel the burn because this version packs an additional punch with the inclusion of jalapeño in the recipe!
Head to the store for these ingredients!
1 cup ice
salt for the rim
3-4 slices of fresh jalapeño (to taste)
4 oz orange juice
2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
lime wedges (for garnish)
Rub the lime slice around the rim of the glass and dip it in the salt.
Fill the glass with ice. (Or you can blend the ice and juices in a blender for a frozen margarita mocktail)
Add jalapeño slices to glass. Adjust amount of slices to your taste preference.
Add the orange juice and lime juice to the glass.
Garnish with lime wedges and jalapeño slices.
If spicy drinks aren’t your style, try this virgin mango margarita instead!
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More Ways To Go Dry in July
What are some other ways you can go dry in July? Here are a few ideas –
Take part in Blueberry Month with this tasty Blueberry Lime refreshment!
Are you a chocolate fan? Celebrate World Chocolate Day on July 7 with this Chocolate Martini Mocktail from Bobby Flay!
National Cherry Day falls on July 16. Celebrate with this Tart Cherry Mocktail!
National Ice Cream Day and National Peach Ice Cream Day both happen to fall on July 17. Celebrate with a 2 for 1 by making this Peaches and Cream milkshake!
Celebrate Mango Day (July 22) with a Virgin Mango Margarita from Imperial Sugar.
Or take part in National Refreshment Day (July 28) by whipping up some homemade lemonade!
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