Dry July: The Benefits Of A Booze-Free Month

And the drinks to help you make it through.

Remember how we said that the best way to cure a hangover was not to drink in the first place?  Wish you’d listened?  Then how about giving “Dry July” a try?

In Australia, giving up alcohol for July has become a big charity thing.  But even if you don’t do it to help save the world, you could still help save your health – and your bank balance (the average household spends over C$1,000 on alcohol each year).

Apparently, not drinking for just five weeks (or – as we’re already a few days in to July – four and a half!) can help you lose weight, reduce cholesterol, blood glucose and liver fat, and leave your skin looking healthier.  Not only that, you’ll likely sleep better too, with all the benefits that has for staying focused and alert the next day.

And before you worry that going dry means drinking nothing but water and soda all summer, trust us, it doesn’t.  

Give these five amazing mocktails a try, and then try claiming going dry has to be dry.

(Hot) Virgin Mary

The Virgin Mary (a Bloody Mary sans vodka) is a classic.  It’s healthy, tastes great and makes you realize the vodka never really added that much in the first place.  Plus, you can even kick it up a notch by adding Sriracha or Wasabi powder.

Grapefruit Rosemary Mocktail

We’re generally suspicious of finding vegetation in our drinks, but that was before we tried this recipe.  Grapefruit and rosemary might seem like the most unlikely pairing since Moby and Natalie Portman, but it totally works.

Moscow Mule Mocktail

With its mix of ginger, mint and lime, imagine how great this would taste next time you’re barbequing. That said, not calling it a “Mock-sow Mule” is definitely a missed marketing opportunity…

Sherbet Punch

We’d never heard of a Sherbet Punch before (seemingly we’ve not been to enough baby showers). And we’d have always said mixing sherbet, strawberries and frozen punch is more dessert than drink.  But then we tried it…

Cranberry Sorbet Bellini

It has just three simple ingredients (even counting the cranberry garnish), but trust us, simple doesn’t mean dull.  And it’s also conclusive proof that serving anything in a champagne flute makes it feel that bit classier.

Staying dry, getting high: the perfect July?