Dryuary was started as a way to curtail drinking. This month is not only made for those who are looking to cut back, but also for those who want to get healthier, give their liver a break, or want to lose a few pounds. Regardless of the reason, Dryuary is a great idea…except that in NYC Dryuary is a challenge. It is over cocktails that deals are made, that people fall in love…and lust. but luckily for us, there are plenty of NYC Dryuary friendly bars and restaurants that recognize that we don’t just want to drink sparkling water when we’re out there. We still want to go out and have a great time…while sipping something delicious (that happens to be alcohol-free), and not being grilled about why we’re drinking water. Want to make this New Year’s resolution just a bit easier to achieve? Check out all these amazing places offering mocktails in New York.
NYC Dryuary Friendly Bars & Restaurants
Although DiWine is known for its delicious cocktails and extensive wine list, they’ve got you covered whether you’re meeting friends at their bar for happy hour, meeting that Tinder match for dinner, or listening to live music during Sunday Brunch. Just ask for their Zero Proof DiWine G&T. This colorful version of the gin & tonic is made with zero proof gin, homemade tonic, butterfly pea flower, lemon, and seltzer ($12). When we asked about the inspiration for this mocktail, Joao Beiler, Beverage Director DiWine said “A few years ago I was in Thailand with a friend and I was drinking a gin and tonic and she was drinking butterfly pea flower tea. We mixed them together and it was delicious! Now she’s pregnant and it’s dry January, so I made this non-alcoholic version of the drink.” Congrats to her…and to us since we get to taste this gorgeous drink!
DiWine is located at 41-15 31st Ave, Astoria, NY
Jones Wood Foundry (UES)
Jones wood Foundry is celebrating teetotalers with the Dryuary Cocktail, vanilla infused apple cider, “spiked” with pomegranate, served chilled over ice, garnished with apple and orange. The bar manager at New York City’s popular food driven British pub, Stuart Holt, is adept at coming up with appealing spirit-less cocktails, given the establishment’s wine and beer only license, so getting on the Dryuary bandwagon was an easy and even natural fit. He notes that bars tend to see a fall-off in business during January when people are still trying to adhere to their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and get healthier etc., which involves not drinking (or doing so less). And of course, then there is the no booze at all resolution! Having a tasty alcohol free cocktail presented in beer mug on offer lets people enjoy the pub’s convivial bar scene without feeling self-conscious.
Jones Wood Foundry is located at 401 East 76th Street in NYC.
Mae Mae Cafe (Hudson Square)
This Dryuary cocktail comes to thirsty New Yorkers from Hudson Square’s Mae Mae Café which is operated by celebrated catering concern Great Performances. The Resolution Reviver is truly a way to lift your spirits since it is made with fresh squeezed orange and lime juices, ginger juice, turmeric juice, jalapeno chili, roasted garlic, muddled mint, Kosher salt, black pepper. Bar Manager Danny Venuto developed this alcohol-free cocktail to chase away the winter doldrums and recreate the warmth of a cocktail, but without the booze. Fresh ginger and turmeric provide fresh, invigorating flavors with the added benefits of being naturally warming and anti-inflammatory. You’ll leave the bar feeling better than you felt when you came in. Served in a martini glass with muddled mint, the kick comes from the ginger and chili peppers, balanced with the sweet acidity of the citrus juices and freshness of the mint. He thinks it’s a great addition to Mae Mae’s recently instituted Happy Hour, for Dryuary and beyond!
PS – The Resolution Reviver’s garlic and mint come from the company’s own organic Katchkie Farm in upstate NY. How cool is that!
Mae Mae Cafe is located at 68 Vandam Street, NY
The Liquor Lab (SoHo)
If you’re interested in an actual event that involves no alcohol…and can be a great experience for you and friends, how about The Liquor Lab? They are running a Brunch Without the Booze mocktail class. The class will teach you how to make four delicious non-alcoholic brunch cocktails. The class lasts 2-hours, and you’ll learn how to make the most deliciously sip-worthy drinks that will leave your brunch crew feeling happy and fuzzy, without the buzz. ($40). Owen Meyer, President of Liquor Lab he told us that “Low ABV and non-alcoholic drinks are increasingly popular and help include everyone in the cocktail experience, regardless of whether they drink alcohol or not. You can still learn to make drinks and be social whether they’re pregnant, giving up booze for a month or never imbibe at all. Think of it this way, if you want to go to a cooking class but have a dietary restriction, you can make the dish but can’t eat it. At Liquor Lab, you can craft your non-alcoholic beverage and drink it, too.” To this, we say Amen!
Want a sneak peek at their mocktails, click here for the Farmhouse Swizzle by Freddie Sarkis, Chief Cocktail Officer at Liquor Lab.
The Liquor Lab is located at 138 Wooster St, NY
Know of other NYC Dryuary Friendly Bars & Restaurants? Let us know in the comments below so we can check them out!