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From The Blog Spirit-Free for Dry January

As you settle in after the hectic, wild, and albeit, happy holidays many people like to give their body a reset. Maybe you’re trying to take a break from alcohol for the month or perhaps it’s a New Year’s resolution to drink less (or none at all). According to many trend alerts, spirit-free drinks are growing in popularity and in craft. The basic lemonade or fountain soda no longer hit the spot as people look for tastier, more sophisticated, and a wider range of non-boozy options. Our local restaurants and bars are jumping in and serving some seriously tasty drinks, sans alcohol!

Whether you’re visiting the Woodstock village or ready to try a non-booze drink at home, our local restaurants are all in for Dry January! From zero-proof wine and locally made switchel served at the Woodstock Inn & Resort’s restaurants to N/A beers, prosecco, and even a spirit-free mojito at Dr. Coburn’s Tonic. At Worthy Kitchen, locally made sodas are on tap, Woodstock Hops & Barley keep N/A brews, wines, and bubbles stocked and the cutest cocktail bar in town, Au Comptoir has delicious spirit-free versions, and they’ve even shared a recipe:

Au Comptoir Cocktails
Au Comptoir

A Spirit-Free Cocktail from Au Comptoir:


  • Makes one drink
  • .75oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • .5oz ginger syrup
  • 1 tsp N/A Allspice syrup (macerated allspice berries, cinnamon stick, brown sugar, water)
  • pinch of salt
  • soda water

Make the N/A allspice syrup by macerating the allspice berries in saucepan and adding the rest of the ingredients. Bring the ingredients to a boil and allow to thicken. Strain the syrup through a fine sieve.

In a cocktail shaker, mix the fresh lime juice, ginger syrup and allspice syrup over ice. Pour the mixture into a cocktail glass filled with fresh ice, top with soda water. Garnish with a pinch of salt and a seasonal fruit.