Monday, 9 December 2013

Non-Alcoholic Drinks For The Festive Season

Everyone knows that Christmas is the time of festive good cheer, but what if you don't want to drink alcohol? It doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a drink with everyone else and have something special. So here a few ideas for non-alcoholic drinks that mean you can join in the fun.


For our Bloggers Night In we were sent some lovely bottles of Eisberg Alcohol-Free wine, which is ideal for anyone who isn't having alcoholic beverages. We used it first to toast, and it had a lovely fresh fruity taste which was really indistiguishable from regular wine.


Eisberg have alcohol-free wine in Red, White and Rose varieties, so there's something for every palate. Its also much lower in calories than regular wine, so it's handy if you're getting plenty of calories from the rest of your seasonal food and drink.


Later in the evening we all moved on to cocktails, and the people at Funkin had sent us some Bellini and Mojito cocktail mix pouches and boxes. Because they contain no alcohol it was perfect to mix with the Eisberg White Wine and no-one was left drinking boring old cola or lemonade all night.


If you fancy something with more of a detox then Parragon Books have sent me 'The Juice Bar' by Sarah Lewis.


Full of some amazing juices that are perfect for revitalising your body when you've overdone it over Christmas, these can also be let down with lemonade or mixed with Eisberg wine to make a drink that's perfect for a party. It's worth pointing out that I don't have a juicer - a hand blender will do the job, it'll just be a little thicker.

My household are all suffering with seasonal coughs and colds, so it's a perfect time to grab some vitamins.

Mango Magic Start Up is full of anti-oxidants and vitamins B and C and potassium - also perfect for the day after you've overindulged!


Ingredients
1/2 pomegranate, seeds only
1 mango, pitted, peeled and roughly chopped
1 orange, zest and a little pith removed, deseeded and roughly chopped

Method
Reserve 1 tablespoon of the pomegranate seeds, whizz the rest in a blender until combined and pour into a glass.
Put the mango and orange in the blender and whizz until smooth.
Pour on top of the pomegranate juice, sprinkle with the reserved pomegranate seeds and serve.


Super-Powered Mango is a great energy boost for when you're worn out and suffering from not having enough sleep, and it's far better for you than coffee or chocolate!


Ingredients
2 clementines, zest and a little pith removed
1 mango, pitted and peeled
2 apples, halved
small handful of crushed ice to serve
chilled water to taste
1 tsp clear honey

Method
Feed the clementines, mango and apples through a juicer.
Half fill a glass with ice (if you wish).
Pour in the juice and top up with water to taste, stir in the honey and serve immediately.


This year, for the 3rd year running, Eisberg Alcohol free wine will be taking a tour of Morrisons stores near you with British Liver Trust's upcoming Love Your Liver campaign. They are encouraging people to take the three step challenge:
·    Take two or three days off alcohol per week
·    Get regular exercise
·    Cut down on sugar and fat

If you want to test your own liver health, you can try their first ever online liver health checker here.

The Juice Bar is published by Parragon Books with an RRP of £10 and is currently available for £3.99 plus postage from Amazon
Funkin Cocktails are available online, prices start at £2.99 for a 7 serving box
Eisberg Wine retails at around £3.49 per bottle and is available from Morrisons, Waitrose, Asda, Nisa Local, Londis, Budgens, Spar, Ocado, Bargain Booze, Slurp.co.uk
I was sent the above items to review.

11 comments:

  1. I have to say I wasn't overly keen on the alcohol free wine however, your juices look delicious, I would definitely be happy with one of those

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    1. They're lovely - and my cold is far better today! :)

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  2. I was rather impressed by Eisberg, hadn't expected them to taste so nice if I'm totally honest.

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    1. I agree. I expected it to be less like 'wine' if you know what I mean :D

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  3. I was quite pleasantly surprised by the taste of Eisberg. A little sweet but not too much.

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    1. I agree - I like a sweet wine, but you only want it to be very sweet when you're eating something sweet at the same time :)

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  4. Eisberg is too wine-ish for me but like the look of your juices!

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    1. They're lovely! I swear they really did give me a real boost yesterday too :)

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  5. Those drinks look rather appealing.

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    1. They're gorgeous - I am a big fan of Mango :D

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  6. Eisberg is too sweet for me but your juices look great

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