A Fentimans Dry January

This post is sponsored by Fentimans but all opinions and reviews are my own. 

Special thanks to Ioana for all the beautiful photography. 

Call me crazy but despite the cold, January has always been one of my favourite months. The idea of a fresh start, a clean slate, 365 days ready to be written. It’s why I write resolutions every year and why I reflect on them at great length in December. This year, a big resolution was health, and after weeks of holiday parties and booze we decided to take part in Dry January along with 3 million other people.

And to prove that you don’t need alcohol to have a good time we partnered with Fentimans to bring you their range of botanically brewed beverages for your sober nights.

We tired the Mandarin & Seville Orange Jigger for breakfast and it was so yummy with our avocado toast and eggs. Bonus: it’s like you’re having a mimosa because of the bubbles. I honestly could have had six of them. The Cola on the other hand is in a league of its own. I mean whoaaa!! I’m pretty sure they make it with actual cocaine it’s that good. Rich couldn’t get enough of it and was not up for sharing.

Their new look clear bottles combined with their gorgeous labels were giving me all the vintage feels, so the record player and a cheesy dance around the living room after lunch was a must. While Rich guzzled the Cola, I opted for the Victorian Lemonade and fell in love with it. It reminded me of the sparkling lemonade my Mom used to buy as a special treat growing up.

Lets be real, breakfast and lunch are a no brainer when it comes to Dry January. The hardest part is the night, snuggled up watching a movie and you really want a cocktail. Well the Rose Lemonade makes an excellent mocktail for when you want to lay back and enjoy the evening. Mix in a shot of elderflower syrup and serve over ice – simple as that.

I’m not going to lie, it’s been surprisingly difficult, especially after a really long day at work where everything seems to go wrong. But despite it, I’m really glad that we’re taking part because if nothing else it’s helped put into perspective when and how often we drink or have a glass of wine with dinner. There’s not anything wrong with that of course, but considering our resolutions revolve around health its not the best habit.

They say it takes 3 weeks to form a habit and while I’m under no allusions we’ll stop drinking all together, I do think our weekly intake will be cut back significantly as a result – especially with so many delicious alternatives.

Don’t let Dry January by the reason you miss out on the fun. Here’s a little sneak peak of what’s next up – game night and more apps for dinner! I’ll also share more on our mocktail because it pairs perfectly with our bruschetta.

Have you ever done Dry January? Did it change your views on drinking in the following months? And if you’ve had Fentimans before, leave your favourite drinks and recipes in the comments for us to try! If you haven’t had them yet, what are you waiting for!

About the author
Staci West is an obsessive compulsive traveller who is currently dealing with a chronic case of coffee addicition. Symptoms include blackouts from online shopping sessions, a ferocious passion for everything colourful and energy levels that exceed a normal human capacity. On the advice of her carer and companion, Kendall her yellow labrador, she created L&L, a down to Earth lifestyle blog, as a distraction for her pathological need for shoes.

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