2020 was a heck of a year, but January 2021 offers a fresh start for all.

For many the new year is a time to cleanse. Some choose to suspend their daily happy hours for a while.

But going dry does not have to be boring. In fact, today’s beverages market has a range of options — from alcohol-free beer to alcohol-free spirits and many mocktail ideas in between — that are so delicious, you won’t miss the booze (or the hangover).

Recently launched in the U.S., Fluère Spirits, a premium nonalcoholic spirits brand from the Netherlands, replicates the distilling techniques used for alcoholic spirits such as gin, whisky, rum, tequila and mezcal. Three expressions (Original, Raspberry, Spiced Cane and Smoked Agave) can be found on Amazon. Fluère is imported and distributed by Hearts + Tales Beverage Company.

Try this next Moderation Monday:

Fluère Noches Mexicana

1.7 ounces fresh grapefruit juice

half an ounce fresh lime juice

1.7 ounces soda water

1.5 ounces Fluère Smoked Agave

half an ounce agave syrup

Pinch of salt

Method:

Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill to the top with ice. Shake and double strain over new ice in a tall drink glass. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and torch before serving for smoky aroma.

Missing your nightly beer? Look no further than Suntory All-Free Beer-Like sparkling malt and hops beverage (All-Free.Suntory.com).

All-Free is the latest exciting release from the renowned Japanese distiller and brewer, mostly known in the U.S. as the maker of Yamazaki and Hibiki whiskies. By combining modern technology with Suntory brewing expertise, the brand has created a crisp, light and innovative beverage with zero calories and zero alcohol. Suntory All-Free sparkling malt and hops beverage also can be found on Amazon in four-packs and six-packs.

Jesse Hawkins created The Mocktail Project for a safer and more inclusive drinking culture based on his personal struggle as a 25-year-old nondrinker navigating his way through early sobriety. It helps with safe ride programs, educates on the importance of a better drinking culture, and creates inclusive drinking experiences at sporting events and social gatherings. Want to learn more?

Perfect to pack in a Yeti for aprés:

Paradise Creamsicle

Created by Jesse Hawkins, founder of The Mocktail Project IG ( TheMocktailProject.com)

2 ounces The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley Lychee Puree, thawed

1 ounce cinnamon simple syrup

1 ounce ginger simple syrup

1 mandarin orange

Method:

Peel and seed the mandarin orange. Place all ingredients in a blender with a handful of ice. Blend until the ice is slushy. Add a thyme sprig and serve immediately. The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley can be purchased here in Jackson.

Perfect slopeside and portable:

Rad Red Refresher

Created by Reza Esmali

3 ounces Fresh Victor Cactus Pear and Pomegranate

1/2 ounce lime juice

3-5 mint leaves

2 ounces sparkling water

Lime wedge garnish

Shaker method:

In a cocktail shaker with ice, add all ingredients except sparkling water, shake well and pour contents into a 16-ounce glass. Top with sparkling water, add garnish and serve.

Build method

In a 16-ounce glass full of ice, add all ingredients, stir gently, garnish and serve.

Cheers to 2021 and taking steps to a healthy new year! 

Contact Debbie Rizzo via 732-7078 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

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