Dry January: Try these mocktails around San Diego

These 11 creative, alcohol-free concoctions are certainly worth a toast.

SD Dry January Mocktails Paradisaea La Jolla San Diego

Try the Sunset Cliffs mocktail at La Jolla’s buzzy Paradisaea.

Photo via Paradisaea

Partaking in Dry January this year? Many San Diego hotspots are offering marvelous mocktails this month — and that’s certainly worth a toast.

Check these out:

  • Sunset Cliffs | Paradisaea | The buzzy restaurant’s locally inspired, gimlet-type drink features Pink London “gin,” aloe vera juice, and apple blossom bitters.
  • A Toast to Mayor Jane! | Harrah’s Resort Southern California | The resort has robust zero-proof offerings but this little ditty and nod to celebrity “Mayor” Jane Lynch caught our eye: Hibiscus herbal tea, raspberry syrup, lime, mint, and raspberry foam.
  • Thornless Thicket | Huntress | The recipe for this one is sweet and simple: blackberry, lime, and cream soda.
  • Non-Groni | The Islander | The Coronado spot’s spin-off of a classic Negroni combines Lyre’s Italian Orange, Lyre’s Dry London, and Giffard Aperitif.
A lineup of colorful mocktails available at The Local Pacific Beach in San Diego.

A lineup of colorful mocktails available at The Local Pacific Beach.

  • P.O.G. Soda | The Local Pacific Beach | This one features passionfruit, orange juice, guava, and club soda. You can also join the bar’s Dry January fitness classes.
  • Derby Day | Mustangs & Burros | This twist on a classic mint julep uses a Wilderton Earthen base with simple syrup, mint, and ginger beer.
  • Ginger Peach Smash | Marina Kitchen | A peach purée base with honey syrup, lemon, ginger beer, and mint.
  • Botanical Smash | Seasons 52 | White cranberry juice, cucumber, lime, and soda water with Seedlip Garden 108 — an herbal blend of peas, rosemary, thyme, and spearmint.
SD !IMPROV new booze free mocktails San Diego

There’s a new “booze-free cocktail” in town.

  • Fant-astic Fun | Louisiana Purchase | Strawberry Fanta and lemonade, garnished with a dehydrated lemon.
  • The Not Toddy | Miss B’s Coconut Club | This Hot Toddy alternative features lemon, turmeric ginger syrup, honey, and hot water, garnished with candied ginger.
  • !MPROV Booze-Free Cocktails | Available at Sprouts and Whole Foods | This locally founded brand offers three flavors of non-alcoholic, canned mocktails — Lime Margarita, Tropical Mai Tai, and Grapefruit Paloma — and as of Jan. 1, 2024, the product is available at Sprouts and Whole Foods.
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