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5 of our favourite alcohol-free mocktails to help survive Dry January

Keen to detox after the food, drink and general excesses of Christmas?

Why not start your health kick this year by banishing the booze and embracing the spirit of Dry January? Of course abstinence needn't be confined to the first month of the year, so we've rounded up a few refreshing non-alcoholic cocktails that are both healthy and a delicious alternative whenever you feel like it.

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The Real Shirley Temple

The story goes that this drink was first served to the Hollywood child star by a Beverly Hills bartender when she hit the big time in the 1930s. It's one of the most popular mocktails around because it's sweet and simple yet incredibly tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 180ml ginger ale (or lemonade if preferred)
  • 45ml grenadine
  • Ice
  • Lemon to garnish

Method:

Add the grenadine and ice to a tall glass. Then pour in the ginger ale and stir. Garnish with lemon and serve.
(Recipe by  Drinkaware)

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Sparkling Pom Collins

This pomegranate mocktail is a contemporary twist on timeless gin classic, the Tom Collins. It's fruity, sparkling and sure to put a spring in your step.

Ingredients:

  • 60ml pomegranate juice
  • 30ml soda water
  • 1 lime
  • Ice
  • Pomegranate seeds to garnish

Method:

Squeeze one slice of lime into a glass. Then add the ice, pomegranate juice and soda water. Stir and garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds. ( Recipe by Drinkaware)

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Homemade limeade

This tangy, sharp drink is the perfect accompaniment for a crisp New Year's Day. Pique your senses as you mull over your resolutions on the morning after the night before.

Ingredients:

  • 12 limes
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 litre soda water
  • 100ml water

Method:

Roughly chop 10 of the limes and blast, skin and all, in the food processor with the sugar and 100ml of water. Once pulped, sieve the mix - separating the juice from the pulp. Serve with ice and soda water. Meanwhile, slice the 2 remaining limes and freeze for around 60 minutes. (Recipe by BBC)

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Virgin Mary

The non alcoholic version of a bloody Mary, this tasty tomato drink is perfect for anytime of the day or evening.

Ingredients:

  • 200ml tomato juice
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ tsp Tabasco sauce
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 55g ice cubes
  • stick of celery

Method:

  1. In a cocktail shaker mix together the tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and ice cubes.
  2. Shake vigourously
  3. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with a stick of celery.

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Spicy Apple Punch

This is a comforting recipe to warm you up on a cold day, so after making it sit back, relax and put your feet up by the fire. The combination of apple and cinnamon will bring back memories of autumn leaves and bonfires.

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts apple juice
  • 1 part apple and cinnamon tea
  • 1 part pomegranate juice
  • ½ part red grape juice
  • Splash of elderflower cordial
  • ½ an apple, sliced
  • Orange zest and juice of half an orange
  • Cinnamon stick, 5 cloves, 2 cardamom pods, 1 aniseed in a spice bag

Method:

Put all the ingredients into a pan and warm slowly so all the spices combine. Serve in a mug with a slice of apple.

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What is Dry January?

Dry January is a fundraising campaign run by Alcohol Concern that challenges people to go without booze for a whole month.

In 2013, more than 80% of people who took part in Dry January said they planned to reduce the amount they drank during the rest of the year too.


Benefits of stopping drinking
 

By avoiding a cheeky pint at lunchtime or glass of wine in front of the TV every evening you may see benefits, including:

• Improved sleep

• Reduced waistline

• Lower cholesterol

• Better complexion

• Improved concentration

• Saving money

 

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