The entire saga began because several good friends, whom we had not seen for months, canceled our January catch-up dates attributing “Dry January” as the reason. After a significant number of friends announced their commitment to this endeavor, my husband jokingly announced he was going to dedicate the next 31 days to creating fun cocktails. Hence, “Wet January” in our household was born. Three years later, his effort is still going strong (even having COVID in 2022 and being overseas for part of 2023) and for 31 days each year, he is unmatched in his social cadence (this is only a January thing).
Dry January, where people abstain from alcohol for the entire month, is growing in popularity. In 2022, one in five adults said they would give it a try, but abstinence wasn’t the end goal for all of them. According to Alcohol Change UK, an estimated 8.8 million in the UK plan to participate. I applaud those people if they think it will improve their health or attitude toward alcohol.
Wet January starts every year on January 1 and goes daily through January 31 where my husband makes or consumes an original cocktail for 31 straight days. As for the original friends of ours who got the train rolling, I’m pretty sure moderation is what they now follow in years two and three. But it’s been fun to see the following and expectation of friends in search of their next cocktail inspiration.
It’s fun to watch and not have to put in all the work. It does, however, make tasting wine samples a bit of a challenge. There are nights when I take a sip vs having a glass depending on the concoction.
It’s fun when Wet January becomes a resolution you look forward to keeping.
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