Christmas time is the time to eat, drink and be merry. Whilst there is nothing wrong with getting a bit tipsy at this time of the year, not everyone wants, or is able to drink alcohol. They need not miss out on being merry though as these 3 alcohol free drinks means they can enjoy the flavour and fun of a festive drink without the alcohol.
There is no reason to resort to just serving water, fruit juice or fizzy soft drinks to those who are not partaking in a tipple or two at Christmas. All of these drinks take just minutes to prepare and taste fabulous. Your non-drinking guests will really appreciate it, and there is no need to let on just how little effort was required. I won’t tell if you don’t. What are your favourite non alcoholic drinks? I would love to know, please drop me a line in the comments.
Mulled Cranberry Punch
This punch is a perfect alcohol free alternative to mulled wine. Enjoy all the spiciness and warmth of a mulled drink without the alcohol.
1 litre cranberry juice drink (4½ cups)
250ml clementine juice (1 cup)
1 cinnamon stick
4 allspice berries
¼ tsp grated nutmeg
1–2 clementines, sliced
few whole cranberries (optional)
- Place all the ingredients in a pan and heat gently until only just beginning to simmer.
- Keep on a low heat for about 15 minutes before serving for the flavours to infuse. Serve warm.
I squeeze my own clementines which gives a lovely flavour, but if you're short on time, you could use ready squeezed clementine juice or orange juice
Apple and Ginger Fizz
Clear apple juice and ginger ale make a simple and delicious alcohol free drink
- 1 litre/1¾ pints/4½ cups apple juice
- 2 eating apples, sliced
- 1 litre/1¾ pints/4½ cups dry ginger ale
- Place the apple juice in a large jug with the sliced apples and handful of ice. Just before serving top up with the ginger ale.
I usually drink cloudy apple juice but this recipe works best if you use a clear apple juice.
Lime, Mint and Cucumber Spritzer
A sophisticated and delicious alternative to a plain lime and soda.
- 3 limes
- handful of mint leaves
- 3 tbsp caster sugar
- soda or mineral water
- Grate the zest and squeeze the juice from 2 of the limes and place in a large jug with the mint and sugar.
- Muddle (gently bash together to bruise the mint leaves and release the flavour) with a spoon.
- Add the lime slices and ice and top of with soda or sparking mineral water.
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