The mocktail and other tips on surviving a month without alcohol

BY AMANDA PIEDIMONTE

This February, I’m participating in the Fondation Jean Lapointe’s fundraising challenge Les 28 jours les plus longs de ma vie, aka the 28 longest days of my life. By participating, I’ve agreed to donate a minimum of 28$ towards alcohol and drug-abuse education programs aimed at secondary 1 students. The challenge requires to give up drinking alcohol for one whole month, which means facing a plethora of social and personal situations that will tempt me to reach for a drink. Here’s my plan of attack:

5 à 7 with friends/colleagues
Classic ritual: pint of beer, whiskey or bloody caesar
February: Virgin caesar of course! I hear that Beck’s nonalcoholic beer is pretty great also.

Dinner with friends/family
Classic ritual: white/red wine
February: soda water with lemon, lime or cucumber for added flavour. I’ve heard that drinking out of a wine glass is a great trick so as not to feel left out.

Brunch
Classic ritual: mimosa, bloody caesar
February: Freshly pressed juice -there really is no better way to start the day.

Recipe:  1 knob of ginger, 1 beet, 1 large carrot, 1 apple, 1 lemon
juicing
photo credit: Katherine Macnaughton

Recipe: 1 4-inch cucumber, 1 bunch of kale leaves and stems, 1 green apple, 2 celery stalksjuicing
photo credit: Katherine Macnaughton

After a long/bad day
Classic ritual: whiskey + warm bath
February: Herbal tea. I’m currently loving Celestial Seasonings peppermint tea & I suggest you stock up on herbal teas you’re excited to drink.

Celebration
Classic ritual: prosecco
February: Virgin Bellini = 1 part peach or apricot nectar + 2 parts sparkling water, served in a champagne glass.

Party IN
Classic ritual: white/red wine, prosecco
February: I’ll likely bring a bottle of sparkling water and freshly-squeezed juice. My go-to for cocktails is tart and spicy, which can be sipped over the course of the evening and mixed with soda water
March: you must try the apple-ginger juice with bourbon!

Recipe: 1 knob of ginger, 2 green apples, 1 lemon
juicing
photo credit: Katherine Macnaughton

Party OUT
Classic ritual: whiskey, gin and tonic
February: lots of water since dancing will likely be on the agenda and it’s important to stay hydrated!

What are your tips on dealing with alcohol-free social situations?

Want to sponsor my 28 days of sobriety? Of course you do. And can! Just click here.

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2 thoughts on “The mocktail and other tips on surviving a month without alcohol

  1. At work I drink sparkling water out of a wine glass and pretend it’s wine. It makes Mondays less painful. =) Good luck on the booze-free month — sounds like you’ve got a good plan laid out!

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