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6 simple mocktails for the party season

Treating yourself to a non-alcoholic cocktail could be a wonderful gift to both yourself and your health this festive season.
While it’s tempting to hit the party season hard and tell yourself it’s just once a year, moderating your alcohol consumption is good for your health in myriad of ways and will help you emerge fighting fit in 2018.

Elaine Hindal, Chief Executive of alcohol education charity, Drinkaware, explains: “Reducing your alcohol consumption by just a few drinks each week can make a big difference to your health. The benefits of cutting down include having more energy, sleeping better, as well as looking and feeling healthier.”

So, to reduce your intake, try one of these six seriously tasty mocktails:

1. Pineapple and orange hot toddy

Ingredients 
- 60ml orange juice
- 90ml pineapple juice
- Half a lemon
- 1 tsp honey
- Pineapple, to garnish

Method
Heat the orange juice, pineapple juice and the juice of half a lemon in a small saucepan. Then, add a tsp of honey and continue to stir until dissolved.
Remove from the heat and pour into your chosen serving glass. Garnish with your pineapple. 

2. Ginger fizz

Ingredients
½ glass ginger beer
- 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
- A dash of carbonated water
- Crushed ice
- A wedge of lime

Method
Simply mix ½ glass ginger beer, 3 tbsp fresh lime juice and a large dash of carbonated water together in a wide glass, add crushed ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime – and voila!

3. Mulled pomegranate juice 

Ingredients
- 1l  pomegranate juice
- 1 sprig of rosemary
- 1 tsp sumac
- 1 cinnamon stick
- ½ tsp coriander seeds
- ½ an orange, sliced
- ¼ tsp orange blossom water

Method
Pour the pomegranate juice into a large saucepan. Then add the rosemary, sumac, a cinnamon stick, coriander seeds and orange (sliced). Bring your ingredients to a simmer, then pour through a sieve into a jug. Stir in your orange blossom water and pour into heatproof glasses or cups.

4. Virgin Mary

Ingredients
- 85ml tomato juice
- 1 celery stick (ideally from the heart of the celery
- Dash of lemon juice
- ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce 
- 2 drops of tabasco sauce (to taste)
- Lime

Method
Blend your ingredients (excluding the lime) together in a blender. Pour into a tall glass over ice. Garnish with your wedge of lime.

5. Orange and cranberry spritz

Ingredients
- 500 ml of orange juice
- 500 ml of cranberry juice
- 400 ml of sparkling elderflower

Method
Mix together orange juice and cranberry juice in a large jug. Slowly pour the sparkling elderflower (as it will quickly fizz up). Give the ingredients a good stir and serve in a tall glass with ice. Delicious!

6. Jingle berry

Ingredients
- 5 raspberries
- 3 blackberries
- 2 strawberries
- 60 ml of blueberry juice
- 30 ml of agave

Method
Muddle together your berries. Add 60ml of blueberry juice and 30ml of agave. Shake with crushed ice. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with an extra strawberry, blackberry and raspberry plus a little egg-white foam or vanilla ice cream (if desired).

Cheers!

Further information:

The Christmas season isn’t always easy. If you’re a Benenden Health member, you can access our Mental Health Helpline 24/7. Whether you're suffering from anxiety, depression, bereavement or relationship problems, we can make sure you don’t have to handle it alone by providing access to an experienced therapist.