It’s Dry January at Monsoon Market
What is Dry January?
Last year Misch participated in Dry January, or “Damp Jan” as we sometimes called her (it’s hard to cut out alcohol entirely when you own a natural wine shop). Being dry in January essentially means saying “no thanks” to alcohol for the entire month. While the impact varies from person to person, some typical advantages include:
- Improved Sleep: Cutting out alcohol can lead to better sleep quality and more restful nights.
- Increased Energy Levels: Alcohol consumption can contribute to fatigue, so abstaining may result in higher energy levels.
- Better Skin: Alcohol can dehydrate the skin, so a break may lead to improved skin hydration and complexion.
- Liver Health: Giving the liver a break from processing alcohol may support overall liver health and reduce the risk of alcohol-related liver diseases.
- Mental Clarity: Alcohol can affect cognitive function, and abstaining may lead to increased mental clarity.
It’s really important to note that these benefits are not universal, and everyone can respond differently. Additionally, if someone has concerns about their relationship with alcohol or experiences withdrawal symptoms, it’s cool to seek professional advice. Overall, Dry January is like hitting pause and giving yourself a chance to think things over, maybe even pick up some healthier habits along the way. It’s not a one-size-fits-all thing, but taking a break from the booze can surprisingly lead to some cool changes in how you feel and what you do. So, why not give it a shot and see where the month takes you? Cheers to a little self-reflection and maybe stumbling upon some healthier vibes and tasty options!
The best non-alcoholic drinks of 2024
Luckily, Monsoon Market has the absolute best non-alcoholic beverage selection in Phoenix. Heck, we even made the top-10 list of The Best Non-Alcoholic Bottle Shops in America, According to the Pros from Wine Enthusiast.
As curators of non-alcoholic beverages, we’re here to turn your sober month into a thrilling adventure. Get ready to elevate your taste buds with the trendiest, most innovative n/a concoctions of 2024. Our vibrant picks are designed to add a splash of excitement to your alcohol-free journey, bon voyage!
If you’re someone who is looking for a truly alcohol-free beverage to satisfy your wine or spritz craving, meet Töst. Töst is a tea-based, dry, sparkling refresher perfect for every occasion.
Monsoon Market offers both the white (white tea, white cranberry, and ginger) and rosé (with elderberry) version of Töst. Slightly sweet, crowd-pleasing, everyone needs a couple bottles of this fizzy fun drink!
Now and Low is truly one of our total favorite wine replacements, the n/a Chardonnay is incredible – a total champagne dupe! A must have for parties and events year round, we can barely keep it on the shelves! All sparkling non-alc bottles from No & Low are alcohol removed wine, so they taste very similar without containing much (trace elements only) booze. Also available from No & Low is their incredible Rosé (100% Spanish Tempranillo wine from the La Mancha region of Spain), as well as the new Sparkling Peach (made for those craving a fruity and subtly sweet wine).
This isn’t your typical beverage – it’s a game-changer for those who want to keep it classy without the alcohol. A negroni-adjacent aperitif, by the bottle it makes an amazing mixer, and in the can the Soda is a bitter delight.
Picture this: you’re chilling with your squad, soaking up the good vibes and conversation, and you reach for a bottle of Ghia on the bar cart. It’s not just a drink; it’s a statement.
What makes Ghia so epic? It’s all about the botanicals, baby! Elderflower, yuzu, fig, and rosemary join forces to create a flavor explosion that’ll make your taste buds dance. Forget the mundane; Ghia brings the party to your palate and serves as an excellent base for dozens of mocktail (or cocktail) recipes.
By the can, Ghia Ginger, Lime + Salt, and the new Sumac & Chili are perfect mocktails, pour over ice and kick back and relax, or ready to take with on any excursion.
Hello, Monday! There are endless zero-proof drinks to be made with these non-alc spirits. Also, note the gorgeous bottles with the art deco design make your barcart look stunning.
We love the options to have gin, mezcal & whiskey replacements for those favorite cocktails like a Gin & Tonic or an Old Fashion, sans alcohol. Cheers to no hangover!
These are super tasty and a great option when a beer sounds good but alcohol is isn’t invited. At Monsoon we have the Cerveza, a light copper, the Free Wave Hazy IPA, and the Upside Dawn Golden Ale. Athletic is a tried and true for us, and luckily most of the bars around Phoenix have these as well.
Parch beverages are the perfect mocktail for those who like a smoky beverage. We love to pour these over a glass of ice and really make a moment out of the drink. The four adaptogens selected for Parch were chosen by a naturopathic doctor for their complementary effects. Ashwangandha is an anti-inflammatory that supports stress relief by lowering cortisol to aid relaxation. American Ginseng is an antioxidant that boosts the immune system and helps protect against stress. GABA is a nootropic that relieves anxiety and improves mood by calming the nervous system and L-theanine (from green tea) promotes wakeful relaxation without feeling drowsy. Overall they work together to enhance your body’s ability to manage stress and maintain balance.
One word: STUNNING. The products from Brooklyn-based distillery St. Agrestis are so incredible, balanced, adult, they deserve so much to be poured over ice and served up with class. If you garnished this with an orange and told us it was a negroni with alcohol we would not doubt you. The options at Monsoon Market include not only the classic Phony Negroni, but also the Phony Mezcal Negroni, as well as the non-alcoholic Amaro Falso.
That’s a wrap! Your Dry January just got a serious upgrade, courtesy of Monsoon Market’s rad N/A lineup. Hope these sips brought some serious flavor to your month of going booze-free! Remember, every gulp is a high-five to your awesome self. Monsoon Market’s got your back as you ride the sober wave, keeping it real and tasty. Don’t miss our Mocktail Mondays happening every Monday from 4pm-7pm in January, and our N/A Soireé on the 21st!