Drinks for Dry January

Apple kale and maple smoothie

The UK’s month-long alcohol-free challenge is back and participating in Dry January brings with it a range of benefits! Of those who have previously taken part in Dry January, 65% have noticed generally improved health, 70% said they sleep better, and an impressive 85% said they have saved money as a result.

Over 4 million people have taken up the challenge in previous years, with thousands still utilising the Dry January app and informative daily emails. Research undertaken by the University of Sussex in 2018, suggests Dry January has helped people cultivate better drinking habits all year round.

Dry January might mean giving up alcohol for a few weeks, but it doesn’t mean giving up exciting and delicious drinks! As the month comes to a close, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite non-alcoholic beverages to give you a dose of inspiration and the encouragement to complete Dry Jan in style.

Smoothies are widely popular for a number of reasons: they are versatile, easily adaptable to any taste or preference and relatively simple to make. Whether you’re already an avid smoothie fan or simply looking for some variety this month, we’ve got a few smoothie recipes you’re sure to love!

Start the day with this creamy strawberry and maple smoothie – sweet strawberries complemented by a hint of sharp orange and cardamom, this smoothie will brighten the dullest of mornings.

For something energising and hydrating, this apple, kale and maple smoothie packs a punch. Made with tangy apples, velvety Greek yoghurt and nutritious kale and spinach, this smoothie is green juice at its finest.

Find more smoothie recipes, including a specialty from food blogger Rosie Robinson, here.

Coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks. Consisting of high levels of antioxidants and beneficial nutrients, it carries an array of beneficial health properties. Copious cups of coffee might be keeping a lot of us going right now and if you’re looking for exciting new variations to try, we’ve got you covered.

Enjoy a taste of summer during the gloomy month of January with this maple affogato – a combination of luxurious ice cream, espresso and a drizzle of rich maple syrup topped with warming nutmeg.

If you’re a cocoa enthusiast, this maple mocha iced latte is a delight. Rich dark chocolate, creamy milk and the flavour of maple make this a beverage that’s certain to become a favourite.

Find more tantalising coffee recipes here.

We hope you enjoy recreating some of these drinks! Don’t forget to share your images with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Did you know ?

Québec exports its maple products to more than 50 countries.

Everywhere it goes, consumers of all ages appreciate maple’s unique flavour.

Scientists are studying maple’s potential health benefits.

Studies now underway include those on the antioxidant properties of the polyphenols naturally present in maple syrup.

Maple syrup can be used as a sugar substitute in most recipes.

In cake and most dessert recipes, for each 250ml (1 cup) of syrup used, simply reduce the stipulated amount of liquid (water, milk, juice, etc.) by 60ml (1/4 cup).

A natural source of energy

Maple syrup is a natural source of energy. Check out our recipes for food and drinks before, during, and after exercise.