For those of us who don’t drink, Christmas and New Year can be a somewhat stressful time of year. Maybe you don’t drink because it triggers your Crohn’s or MS, it might be a religious or cultural reason, or maybe you just don’t like it! There are so many reasons not to drink, but the festive period can get a little bit boring if you’re just drinking orange juice the whole time. If you’re fancying changing it up, or if you have some non-drinking guests coming over to spend Christmas with you, here’s some fun alternatives to the usual “soda water and lime” you might be lucky to get year in, year out.
We at PosAbility are a big fan of not leaving people out when it comes to crafting a beautiful mixed drink, so we’ve made sure to feature at least one non-alcoholic drink every time we recommend you a libation for the festive season. There are some absolutely beautiful non-alcoholic cocktail recipes out there that cater to every palate. For those who like a mixed drink, you can’t go wrong with a classic Roy Rogers; the Cinderella is a lovely long drink to serve alongside breakfast with mimosas and well worth the effort; while this cranberry and pomegranate punch will be an after-dinner Christmas hit.
Coca-Cola and Pepsi are great, but when your friends and family are breaking out the beer and champagne, it’s nice to have a bottle all of your own to crack open. In that case, why not provide a selection of alternatives for guests to enjoy? It’s a perfect way of making them feel like they’ve got their own special drink, and it’s just as likely that everyone else will be off the spirits when they have a whiff of what the non-drinkers are having. Fritz-Kola comes from a strong recommendation of Pos staff writer Katie, who fell madly in love with it on a holiday to Berlin; Fentimans botanical drinks are easily sourced at major UK supermarkets, and they have something for every palate; and Alba Cola is a brand new cola on the scene, made with Scottish water and flavoured with heather for an authentic taste of Scottish fizzy juice.
Some people like the taste of beer or champagne, but they can’t drink alcohol. Not a problem – many major drinks brands are now selling their own low or no-alcohol versions of their famous drinks, and they’re actually quite easy to come by, being available in many major supermarkets across the UK. Some are even available in pubs, making a visit to the pub for non-drinkers so much less stressful and opening options up for everyone to enjoy a beer or cider from time to time. Kopparberg’s fantastic mixed fruit cider is available in a non-alcoholic variety that tastes almost exactly like its boozy brother and is easily (and cheaply!) found in supermarkets; Scottish beer punks Brewdog sell Nanny State in both can and bottle forms, a hoppy pale ale that they describe as a “near beer” thanks to its 0.5% ABV; those looking to toast in the New Year should look no further than Scavi and Ray Prosecco; while the spirit lovers will be happy to hear supermarkets have begun stocking Seedlip distilled drinks among many others.