Food and drink, and especially drink, is often at the heart of our celebrations, especially birthdays, Christmas, and Thursdays.
So if you're pregnant, breastfeeding, or staying off the booze to look after the little ones, you need some exciting alternatives to alcohol for all those get-togethers and Wednesday evenings.
Sometimes it's the feeling of a glass in your hand, and the smell of something that's not tea, that can make you feel part of the party even when you're the only one not getting merry.
We've tried, tested, and chosen some of the best non-alcohol options from the shops - either to buy online, or grab at the weekly shop at the supermarket. No-alcohol doesn’t have to mean no fun! Grab a bottle and join in with those drinkies on a Friday night, whether you're at a friend's house, or in front of Corrie (or Zoom).
Everyone is talking about Seedlip at the mo (well, not everyone, 'cos I'm just talking about tractors these days). This is a non-alcoholic spirit that you can really pretend is a classy gin. Mix it with tonic and no one will know it's not the real deal. Except for you, when you can remember everything the next day, unlike your hungover partner.
If you're normally a fan of a flavoured gin, then this non-alcoholic spirit might be for you. It's delicatedly fruity and floral, and it does feel like you're drinking a G&T (it's good with tonic as a mixer). And if anyone tastes a swig of you're drink, they might not even realise it's missing the booze.
Leave everyone behind with their fancy cocktails and mocktails and alcohol-free beer - just brew yourself up a nice, traditional hot chocolate. You can't go wrong with this luxurious Hotel Chocolat version.
Not 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.
Drinking Amplify is very much like drinking a gin - you can have it with tonic, or use it as part of a non-alcoholic cocktail. It's fragrant like gin, and 50ml only contains 27 calories.
Here's a good non-alcoholic cocktail recipe you could try:
50ml Pineapple Juice
10ml Grapefruit Juice
Pistachio nuts – crushed
Muddle the fresh ginger then add the Amplify, pineapple juice, and grapefruit juice. Shake and strain into a short glass, and garnish with pistachio dust.
If you're going booze-free - whether for pregnancy or breast-feeding or just because you're in charge of a child - then so should the beer-drinkers of the party. And there are loads of alcohol-free beers available these days - we've tested a range of these Real Ales and they're pretty good. Available online or from Real Ale shops.
Who says staying sober means you can't enjoy cocktail making? Well, mocktail making. This tipple box is a wonderful gift for a mum-to-be, as you can indulge your love of cocktails without the booze.
Available from ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Ocado, these new Shloer Spritzed will brighten up any party you're facing without a real G&T.
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