JanOne with a Difference: Alcohol-Free Tips

JanOne with a Difference: Alcohol-Free Tips

Tracey (my wife) is guest writer today on the blog - go Tracey!

The ‘LIFE-style’ Christmas Survival Guide – part one of many!

Ho, Ho, Ho…. not long to go!  Well now that we are officially into December, no doubt for many of you the pre-Christmas ‘busy-ness’ has begun which can make for a challenging time trying to stay on track with your food and healthy eating.  The festive season seems to also lure us into the temptation of lots of festive drinking and can be a bit lethal in that way!  It is great to enjoy these social occasions and reasons to celebrate.  It really is about allowing yourself to be human and, if you fall off the wagon here and there, getting back on straight away rather than staying off track which is what will lead you to feel under the weather by JanOne  - and we are shooting for JanOne with a difference!

Here are a few little tips on how to survive Christmas ‘LIFE’ style and my team and I will be sending more as the day goes by…..

Starting today with…The Xmas Function/Party – to drink or not to drink…!

  • If you would like to stay alcohol-free, order some sparkling grape juice in a champagne flute so you still feel in the celebratory Christmas spirit and you have something to toast with.  Or, if you want to have a drink to celebrate this special occasion, go for it and just remember to be moderate. Just one can be great – and you will feel good the next morning!  Then you can follow up with something non-alcoholic.  There is always the good old tried and true Lime and soda but I do find that if you have something in a wine glass or a flute it feels more festive and celebratory.  Other options are ginger beer or ordering a delicious mocktail if you feel like treating yourself.
  • If you are entertaining or having a gathering at your place (as we are doing later this week…) you can have lots more control over it and there are lots more options.  Make food that works for you and is yummy – more coming soon on ideas for this.  Have really delicious options for non-alcoholic beverages like …

-  Greenways (or other) dark grape juice in a wine glass – yum!

- get some gorgeous Elderflower cordial (concentrated elderflower syrup)l from a gourmet food store and mix with sparkling water in a flute

- make up a batch of your favourite mocktail and serve it in a big bowl as a punch for all those who are driving or prefer to be alcohol-free.

- try the latest interesting ‘pseudo healthy’ exotic non-alcoholic drink that you can find… I found a great one yesterday in my local New World called ‘Aroha’ Sauvignon Saffron drink which was LOVELY!  Plus of course there are even non-alcoholic wines available these days which I have yet to try but am keen to!  Failing all that, enjoy your favourite tipple, but just have one or two and then follow up with one of the above I have mentioned.

That’s it for now, talk more on Chrissy food ideas in a few days!

PS Here is a lovely punch and two sassy mocktail recipes that you can try to get you rolling – go on, get your groove on and get the buzz without the alcohol!

Festive Berry and Mint Punch
1 litre raspberry cranberry juice
3 cups soda water
1/4 cup lime juice (equal to 1-2 limes)
1 punnet raspberries
1 punnet blueberries
1 cup mint leaves
1 extra lime, thinly sliced
crushed ice to serve
Combine raspberry cranberry juice, soda water, and lime juice in a large jug or punch bowl. Add berries, mint leaves, and lime slices. To serve, half fill glasses with crushed ice and top with punch. Stir and serve.

Apple Mojito
75ml apple juice
75ml soda
1 whole lime
1 spring fresh mint leaves
1 tsp or coconut sugar

Add the quartered lime, coconut sugar and mint leaves to a highball glass and muddle with a muddler. Add several ice cubes and pour in the apple juice. Top with soda (adjust to taste), and stir. Garnish with an apple slice and a lime wedge, and serve.  Serves 1.

Tropical Heaven
1 cup (375 mls) mineral or soda water, chilled
1 cup pineapple juice, chilled
1 banana
9 mint leaves
12 ice cubes
Pinch of nutmeg
Blend banana, 5 mint leaves, pineapple juice and nutmeg and combine with mineral water. Add ice cubes, garnish each glass with mint leaf, stir and serve immediately.  Serves 4.

Posted: Wednesday 4 December 2013