Jan 5, 2023 - Food and Drink

Five options for Dry January in Houston

A bright orange mocktail with a piece of grapefruit

The Dove's Nest mocktail featured at Bludorn. Photo courtesy of Michael Anthony

If you're taking a break from booze but still want to imbibe, we've got you covered with mocktails from a handful of Houston bars and restaurants.

Why it matters: Nearly 18% of Texans reported excessive drinking in 2021, slightly higher than the national average, according to the latest data from the CDC.

  • Alcohol disturbs sleep, disrupts diets, and can contribute to anxiety and depression, according to Alcohol Change, a British organization that promotes Dry January.
  • Even moderate drinkers who binge alcohol are at a significantly higher risk of developing alcohol problems than those who drink the same amount overall but don't binge, according to a 2022 study from researchers at the University of Texas.

Where to go: Bludorn, at 807 Taft St. in Fourth Ward, features four mocktails, including the colorful Dove's Nest made with grapefruit, lime, Seedlip Garden, vanilla and chili.

  • Eunice, at 3737 Buffalo Speedway, typically offers signature cocktails but also features several alcohol-free options, including a paloma with Cut Above agave, grapefruit and grapefruit soda.
  • GJ Tavern, at 737 Preston St. in downtown, is a prime spot for drinks. This January, try The Noontime with cucumber, pistachio orgeat, lime and tonic.
  • Coltivare, at 3320 White Oak Dr. in the Heights, has mocktails available through January, including The Perfect Storm with Caleño Dark & Spicy, lime juice, simple syrup, ginger beer, Coca-Cola floater and lime.
  • Kin Dee, a Thai eatery at 1533 N. Shepherd Dr. in Rice Military, offers a handful of mocktails, including the Butterfly Tea Margarita with Lyre's NA Agave Blanco Spirit, Lyre's NA Orange Sec, lime juice, butterfly tea and lemongrass syrup.

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