11 December 2016

Christmas Soft Drinks Guide

Not everyone likes to drink at Christmas and if you are a designated driver, pregnant or just not that into alcoholic beverages then it can be difficult to find those drinks that are more than just lemonade, water or a glass of coke.

So here is my guide to some great alternative and alcohol free drinks this Christmas and perfect if you fancy a dry'll come round quicker than you think! 

For a festive feel then the Belvoir Fruit Farms Mulled Winter Punch and Spiced Ginger Punch are a great way to get that lovely warm and fuzzy feeling without the fuzzy head, with nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves the smell can only be described as Christmas in a bottle. Plus, if you do fancy that little bit of Christmas cheer then you could always add some red wine or brandy to the mulled wine and maybe a splash of Whisky to the ginger punch for a warming spicy alcoholic treat.

The packaging is also super festive and so would make a great gift for someone you know who doesn't like to drink. The RRP for these is £3 and available from Sainsbury's, Ocado, Asda and more.

Fancy a little aperitif with some kick? Then Great Uncle Cornelius' Famous Spiced Ginger might be for you. Perfectly warming and great as a mixer to whip up some Ginger Beer (just add lemonade), or if you do fancy something a little bit cheeky then you can mix with Whisky for a spicy Ginger Ale, or Ginger Sour with Whisky and a dash of lemon.

I love the bottle, it is really fun and a great ingredient to keep in your booze or non booze cabinet for a quick drink over the festive period, I have already had some with lemonade but am waiting to try with warmed some cider. RRP £3.60 available from the Great Uncle Cornelius' website.

For those that like beer but are not drinking, then St Peter's Without is an alcohol free beer with a difference, it is a totally natural, alcohol-free beer that is brewed in the same way as a normal beer and tastes just as good as the real thing. Containing less than 0.05% alcohol and at least 25% fewer calories than standard beer, it is the perfect drink to enjoy on a night out and great if you are watching your weight too.

This beer really tastes great and after being pregnant during the Christmas period for both of my pregnancies I can tell you booze free beer doesn't usually hit the mark, but this is good.

What about the day after the night before? Well with these cordials from Thorncroft you can rehydrate safe in the knowledge of no boring water. With Elderflower, Wild Nettle, Pink Ginger, Cranberry & Hibiscus, Rosehip, Detox and my favourite Kombucha there is one for every day of the week.

These bottles may look little but they are highly concentrated, so you only need a smidgen to make your water, whether still or sparkling, taste fantastic.  They are quite sweet and so great for making water taste good but possibly not to everyones taste. RRP is £2.99 and they are available from Ocado.

And finally, one of my favourite iced coffees goes all festive too. I love Jimmy's Iced Coffee and have been a fan for a while now, so with a festive gingerbread offering I was most excited. The same great iced coffee but with a gingerbread twist, it tastes just like I have just eaten a scummy piece of a gingerbread. 

Not only are these a great coffee cure for hangovers and late nights, but they are the perfect early morning on the go drink. And although I haven't tried it yet, I think these would make a great alternative for a festive White Russian cocktail. RRP £1.60 available from stores nationwide.

Whilst I love a drink at Christmas with two children in the house on my own I equally like to have a straight head, so for me these drinks are all a great alternative to the real thing, they are tasty and perfect for something festively different.

I was sent these items for the purpose of this post, all words, opinions and pictures are my own.

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