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Six simple alcohol-free cocktails 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 – just divine

To make: heat the 60ml of orange juice, 90ml of 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.
To finish: remove from the heat and pour into your chosen serving glass. Garnish with pineapple. 

2. Ginger fizz – ready in a matter of minutes and seriously good

To make: 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.
To finish: Garnish with a wedge of lime – and voila!

3. Mulled pomegranate juice – so moreish

To make: pour a litre of pomegranate juice into a large saucepan, then add a sprig of rosemary, a tsp sumac, a cinnamon stick, ½ tsp coriander seeds and ½ orange (sliced). Bring your ingredients to a simmer, then pour through a sieve into a jug.
To finish: stir in ¼ tsp orange blossom water and pour into heatproof glasses or cups.

4. Virgin Mary – this certainly packs a punch taste-wise!

To make: Blend 85ml tomato juice, celery stick (ideally from the heart of the celery), a dash of lemon juice, ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce and two drops of tabasco sauce together in a blender.
To finish: Pour into a tall glass over ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

5. Orange and cranberry spritz – pretty and tasty

To make: mix together 500ml of orange juice and 500ml of cranberry juice in a large jug. Slowly pour in 400ml of sparkling elderflower (as it will quickly fizz up).
To finish: Give the ingredients a good stir and serve in a tall glass with ice. Delicious!

6. Jingle berry – super healthy and fruity

To make: muddle together five raspberries, three blackberries and two strawberries, add 60ml of blueberry juice and 30ml of agave. Shake with crushed ice.
To finish: Pour into a tall glass and garnish with a strawberry, blackberry and raspberry plus a little egg-white foam or vanilla ice cream (if desired).

Cheers!

By Julie Penfold.

Recipe credits

1. http://www.beautifulbooze.com/

2. (Writer’s own recipe)

3. BBC Good Food

4. (Writer’s own recipe)

5. BBC Good Food

6. TFI Fridays/Metro.co.uk