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5 Mocktails in Houston to Get You Through Dry January

Guys, we’ve almost made it. Dry January is over in just a matter of days. If you’re like me, you might be struggling — having dreams of dry wine and fancy drinks in pretty glasses.

If you’re in need of a nonalcoholic pick-me-up, I have five ideas for you to sip on as we countdown the days to February 1!

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Sparkling Spätburgunder from Rheingau at Camerata

Why not wine not at Camerata at Paulie’s! Seriously have had a hankering for wine this month — maybe more so than usually because I can’t have it! The Sparkling Spätburgunder from Rheingau is sure to check that box, and at the very least, it’s served in a wine glass and has bubbles so we’re more than halfway there!

Raspberry Fields at La Table

I love La Table, but didn’t think it would be possible to brunch or happy hour without a glass of French wine or a bowl of punch. Take the Raspberry Fields (muddled raspberries, mint, simple syrup, soda water) onto the patio to enjoy a sunny day!

Designated Dragon at Coltivare

I have it on good authority (ahem, from my previously pregnant friends) that Coltivare totally looks out for its sober guests and always has a few mocktails on their rotating menu. One to try is the Designated Dragon on the current menu — apple shrub, Italian marigold, cinnamon, and elderflower tonic⁠. It’s a beaut.

Lucha Libre at La Lucha

There is honestly nothing worse than sitting at a table where everyone else has margs and you have an ice cold Topo Chico. Well, unless you don’t even have Topo. Yeah that’s worse. La Lucha has their Lucha Libre — pineapple, lime, agave, spicy tamarind and chili arbol — for just $6! It is an off-the-menu drink, so you might even feel a bit of a thrill ordering it.

Sober Seasons at Le Colonial

Wrapping this list up with four options at River Oaks District’s Le Colonial! Take your pick from the four mocktails named for the seasons: The Autumn (Mua Thu), Thai basil, Vietnamese-spiced syrup, lemon juice and sprite; The Spring (Mua Xuan), blackberries, lemon juice, mint, syrup, sprite; The Summer (Mua He), Mango, nectar, pineapple juice, lychee puree, lime juice; and The Winter (Mua Dong), Muddled cucumber, lime juice, ginger beer.

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