21 January 2016
Celebrate Sans Booze:
The best mocktail recipes for your Australia Day long weekend
It’s a long weekend and we all know what that means: rushing to finish work before 5 on Friday, party hopping from brunches to BBQs, double demerit points, (watch that speedo, folks), and celebrating with a cold one. Be that a beer, champagne, cider or the ever-understated Mocktail.
1. Watermelon Mojito Mocktail from themerrythought.com
Who still has their new year’s resolution of a new body? Be it a simple lifestyle change or a full-blown attack on body fat, you will be wanting to watch the calories. Alcohol is loaded with calories, and multiply that by a few drinks over the course of an evening and you’ll be heading to the treadmill for an extra workout. But ditching the alcohol doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate in style if you opt for a super fancy looks-like-Tom-Cruise-made-it-mocktail.
2. The Moscow Mule also via themerrythought.com (these ladies know their mocktails!)
With the alcohol removed, mocktails are not only kinder on the waist-line, but are also far less expensive. So whether you are making them from scratch at home, or ordering them at your favourite bar, savour each delicious sip and know that you will come home with extra cash and fewer trips to the ATM.
3. The Cranberry Cutie via thisweekfordinner.com
Mocktails made with fresh and/or organic juices, such as pomegranate, orange, mango, and cranberry, boast plenty of antioxidants and vitamin C and none of the corn-syrup found in colas or many drink mixers, so you can feel good about your night out and be kind to your body!
4. You’ll be running to the kitchen to get more of these Blackberry Lemon Mocktails from runningtothekitchen.com
Mocktails don’t discriminate. Anyone can enjoy their deliciousness. Pregnant women, people on specific medications or with chronic illnesses, designated drivers, children, and even the most devout prohibitionists can all enjoy a mocktail (or many). So however you choose to celebrate this long weekend, be it an Australia Day party, BBQ, picnic, rave or high-tea, make your event exceptionally enticing to drinkers and non-drinkers alike.
Do you love the humble mocktail? What's your favourite chill-out drink?
Meredith (a.k.a. “Honest Dave”)
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