With Christmas, just around the corner, those new mum’s who’ve just given birth and are breastfeeding may be craving a cocktail, a glass of sherry, some baileys (like me!) or a glass of mulled wine but know that unfortunately they can’t consume any alcohol because of their baby. But no fear, there’s fortunately a few options available to keep you refreshed and part of the Christmas spirit without getting sloshed. Think of the morning after and the no hangovers plaguing your mind, body and soul – bonus!
Decaf Iced Tea
If you love tea, you’ll love this idea. You can make this great drink two ways, the lazy way – buy it or make your own.
Make it: Brew it your way, light or strong, unsweetened or sweetened, this is completely up to you how you’d like it. Lipton’s say ‘Pour four cups of boiling water over two teabags into a heat-proof pitcher and leave for three to five minutes. Remove the teabags, and sweeten to taste by adding a little sugar. Stir in six cups of ice cubes until melted, or use four cups of cold water. Add in freshly cut lemon slices for some citrus zing, and keep refrigerated. ‘
The Virgin Mary
200ml tomato juice
2 spring onions, chopped
Juice of one lemon
Half a teaspoon of Tabasco
Half a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
Half a teaspoon of celery salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chives
Put all the ingredients except the pepper and chives into a cocktail shaker with the ice cubes and shake well to blend; alternatively, put into an electric blender.
Pour into a tall glass, add a celery stick and a good grind of pepper on the top, then sprinkle with the chives.
Spiced Cider Punch
2 quarts of apple juice, divided
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 can (12 oz) orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 quart chilled ginger ale
In a large pot, combine 1 cup of the cider, the sugar, cinnamon and allspice. Cook, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Add in the orange juice concentrate and the remaining apple cider. Refrigerate until cold.
Before serving, stir the ginger ale into the cider mix. Serve cold.
Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri
1 tablespoon lemon juice
160ml lemon and lime soda
Blend all of the ingredients together and simply pour into a decorative glass with a dash of cream if you fancy.
Made for Mum’s have a selection of great mocktails that might tickle your fancy including:
- Mulled Apple Spice
- Orange & Cranberry Fizz
- Baby Bellini
Twinnings have some great ideas for non-alcoholic drinks for the Christmas period:
- Mulled Gingerbread Warmer
- Passionfruit Iced Tea
- Minty Mojito
- Chocolate Cookie Tea Shake
- Superfruity & Cucumber
- Gingerbread Inspiration
If you need some more mocktail inspiration, check out the following websites:
- Go Hen
- The Telegraph
- Good Food
- Town & Country Magazine
- The Bar
- Real Food magazine, Tesco
- Good to Know
If all the above seems like too much effort, try these out for size:
Shloer has long been a favourite in the alcohol-free drink departments, heck I’ve had a few Shloer’s myself in my pregnancy thanks to a recommendation from some family friends. So maybe indulge in something a little more special this year with their Celebration Fizz. It’s pink, fresh and fruity with a mixture of red and white grape juices fused together to create a beautiful rose juice drink. Mix it up however you feel is right, in a cocktail or champagne glass with ice cubes and some fruit and voila, celebrate!
If you want to go a little posh this Christmas, try Fentiman’s Ginger Beer. It’s non-alcoholic
Try one of their many flavours including their tonic water, make it with lime or lemon and just hold the gin.
With plenty of fruit juices and sparkling presses, their refreshing range of drinks are a perfect tipple choice anytime of the yeah.
If you know of any other tipples that could tickle ones fancy, please do get in touch.
Have a great Christmas xoxo