Christmas is a time for indulging in all the things you love and for many of us that’s a festive cocktail. I do love a good cocktail, especially some of the ones I’ve mentioned in recent blogs with my festive Negroni being my current number 1.
However, I don’t drink as often as I used to and I do find myself wanting to join in with everyones pretty cocktails or cosy mug of warm mulled wine but without the hangover.
There are a few drinks I lean towards when I’m not drinking so I thought I’d share a couple of my favourites along with some alternatives to the most common alcoholic drinks in case you’re also avoiding a sore head over the Christmas period or if you just choose not to drink generally.
These drinks may also come in handy during January if you do dry January or are cutting out some unhealthy habits!
Most of these non-alcoholic drinks are available online by following the links, or alternatively you can find a great selection in the supermarket – don’t worry it’s not too late to pop to the shops before the big day!
Tonic with a Twist
I love to be super boring and really simple and have a tonic water with a slice of lemon, lime or orange. I personally like the taste of tonic water alone, however I know that a lot of people don’t, but if you’ve never tried it, or you’re a gin and tonic fan you might just love it! The great thing about tonic with a twist is that most people have a bottle of tonic and a few lemons and limes in their home, especially if it’s at a party or an occasion where others are drinking, therefore you won’t be putting someone out or having something completely different to everyone else, just a simplified version!
Everyone loves a glass of Champagne at Christmas, me included, but starting early with a bucks fizz and carrying on throughout the day isn’t for everyone, so if you’re a Champagne lover then this may be a great option for you.
Red wine is my favourite and I especially love a glass of red wine during winter and on cold evenings by the fire. I’ve tried a few red wine alternatives to avoid drinking during the week and sometimes to avoid drinking altogether.
If you love a glass of crisp white wine, you don’t need to compromise as there are plenty of alternative options for you.
Rose is another wine that I like to enjoy occasionally and if you also love a Rose there are lots of alcohol free versions. I tend to buy alcohol free wine from the supermarket as it’s the most convenient, but you can also order online if there’s a particular type of Rose that you love.
I do love a gin and tonic and if you do too you’re in luck. There are SO many gin alternatives out there at the moment and to be honest, this has got to be the easiest drink to replicate using non-alcoholic spirits as there’s a big choice and they are available everywhere you go. Seedlip in particular is available in most bars and restaurants so when we’re allowed to go out again it’s a sustainable choice.
Rum is one of the key ingredients in most of my favourite cocktails so knowing that you can get non-alcoholic rums is amazing news! The alcohol free drinks that are available are growing and improving constantly, which means you can still enjoy your favourite rum cocktails and not miss out!
I don’t love vodka myself, but a lot of friends and family love Pornstar Martinis and other vodka based drinks, so having a non-alcoholic vodka is essential if you like to keep your bar stocked and ready for all requests!
This is probably not everyones cup of tea, but Aperol is my go-to drink all year round. I loveeee Aperol and it isn’t super high in alcohol which is probably why I reach for it as often as I do, but I thought an alcohol free Aperol was very cool and definitely different.