• micaela panzavolta

Delicious alcohol free Christmas cocktails

Christmas parties are often filled with sweet, alcoholic drinks that can lead to weight gain and unbalance your blood sugar levels. It’s not always easy to know what to drink instead without feeling deprived. I’ve got a few delicious and refreshing alternatives for you to try.

Strawberry lemonade Serves 8 2 litres water 8 lemons, squeezed (around 280 ml) 1/2 -3/4 tsp liquid stevia (try NuNaturals) 250g strawberries, sliced   In a large jug combine water, lemon juice and stevia. Simply stir in sliced strawberries and serve over ice.

Cucumber, mint + lemon fizz Serves 6 1.5ltr sparkling water half a cucumber, sliced 10 mint leaves 1 lemon, sliced Put all the ingredients in a large jug, chill and serve.

Sparkling cherries Serves 2 4tbsp Cherry Active 500ml sparkling water Add sparkling water to the Cherry Active and serve with ice.

Sparkling lime water Exactly as it sounds … Sparkling water with a good squeeze of fresh lime juice over ice. Simple and refreshing – and you can guarantee a pub with have the ingredients (but likely you’ll need to remind them about the fresh lime and not cordial).

Garden Sour Seedlip Garden (a distilled, non-alcoholic drink*), 50ml Cloudy apple juice, 35ml Lemon Juice, 15ml Cider vinegar, 5ml   Sprig of rosemary & thyme Seedlip is premium distilled non-alcoholic drink. The price may make you wince (it’s no cheaper than buying alcoholic spirits) but it’s hot news this year and making an appearance in all the top bars… Find it at www.seedlipdrinks.com

Sparkling kombucha Kombucha is a healthy alternative to sparkling soft drinks known for being full of naturally occurring vitamins, acids, and beneficial bacteria. Making it is a labour of love. Learn how to make it here https://happykombucha.co.uk/pages/how-to-make-kombucha. Alternatively, you can buy it ready-made. Want to try before you invest your own time in making it? Don’t blame you. I like Equinox Kombucha (www.equinoxkombucha.com).

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