Food and drink, and especially drink, is at the heart of our Christmas celebrations. So if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or staying off the booze to look after the little ones, you need some exciting alternatives to alcohol for all those Christmas get-togethers. We have chosen some of the best non-alcohol options from the shops, and thrown in a couple of recipes too. No alcohol doesn’t have to mean no fun!
Bottlegreen cordial, £3.15, and sparkling pressé, £2.39, from supermarkets, bottlegreendrinks.comNot only do Bottlegreen drinks come in lovely bottles that you can keep, they taste delicious - the sparkling pressé is so good that you’ll forget it’s not real champagne.
Feel Good Drinks, from £1.29, available in Asda and Sainsbury’s, feelgooddrinks.co.uk100% natural with no added sugar, these still and sparkling fruit drinks not only taste great but do you good as well. Just pure fruit and water - so no guilt this Christmas with your fizzy drinks. You can share these happily with the kids too.
Cracker Drinks, £1.50 each, available from Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose and Asda; crackerdrinks.comThe tropical flavours of these Cracker Drinks juices will convince you that you’re having a cocktail without the hangover; choose from Apple, Mint & Lime; Mango & Passionfruit Pineapple; Coconut & Lime; and Still & Cloudy Lemonade.
Apple, Plum & Cinnamon Cordial, Spiced Winter Berries Cordial, and Spiced Apple & Ginger Cordial, from £4.69 each, belvoirfruitfarms.co.ukThese cordials from Belvoir Fruit Farms are delicious hot or cold - so you can indulge while everyone else at the party drinks mulled wine.
Christmas tea, £8; vanilla flavoured coffee, £5; white & dark flaked drinking chocolate, £12, whittard.co.ukHaving a no-alcohol Christmas doesn't mean you have to miss out on luxury drinks - try these hot drinks from Whittards for a warm hug in a mug without the brandy.
Great Uncle Cornelius Famous Spiced Ginger, £3.60 per 75cl bottle, jameswhite.co.ukFor something a little different, try this Spiced Ginger drink. You can sip it on its own, or try it with lemonade. Or, hubby can have it with some whiskey! It’ll certainly warm you up on cold Christmas evenings.
INVO coconut water, £2.79, Holland & BarrettThis new brand of coconut water is fresh and tastes just like you’re sipping straight from the coconut.
Mum-and-bump smoothieFeeling guilty that you’ve just pinched yet another chocolate off the tree? Whizz this quick and tasty smoothie in the blender. Packed with greens, it will give you and your bump an iron-rich hit!
INGREDIENTS: 2 tbsp fresh or frozen cranberries; 1⁄2 avocado; tsp coconut butter; Handful of leafy greens of your choice; Pinch of cinnamon; 1 dessertspoon of honey (optional); 300ml almond milk. Put all ingredients into a blender and whizz together, adding a little more almond milk if you like.
Shloer Celebration fizz, £2.99 each, available from supermarkets.Staying away from alcohol this Christmas doesn't mean you have to miss out on the fun of popping corks - these two sparkling grape juice flavours from Shloer are perfect for festive parties.
Spiced teaThis is a great alternative to mulled wine, and a delicious grown-up take on a soft drink. The ginger means it fends off pregnancy nausea too.
INGREDIENTS: 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger; 1⁄2 lemongrass stalk, chopped; Freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon; 1⁄2 tsp turmeric; 1⁄2 tsp cayenne pepper; Honey, to taste. Put all the ingredients in a teapot, stir together well to make a paste. Pour 600ml of boiling water over it and leave for five minutes to infuse. Using a tea strainer, pour the liquid into a mug or heat-proof glass.