Mulled wine and sloe gin may be synonymous with Christmas, but what about if you don’t fancy partaking in an alcoholic beverage come the festive season?
The alcohol-free trend is real and more common than you may think. It’s widely referred to as ‘sober curiosity’ and involves cutting back on or cutting out alcohol due to reasons, such as wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle and avoid any drink-related anxiety.1
And there are stats to highlight the extent of this trend too. According to a study published by the British Medical Council in 2018, 25% of young people (16 to 24-year-olds) class themselves as non-drinkers. Meanwhile, 43% of UK women and 84% of UK men want to drink less, and just 3% of millennials see drinking as being an essential part of socialising.2
But what does this mean at Christmas-time if there’s no mistletoe and wine? What are the alcohol-free options to change that festive status quo? We’ve listed a few ideas for how to make the switch from alcoholic to non-alcoholic tipples and festivities during the run-up to Christmas Day and the big day itself!
Find or make your own favourite Christmas mocktail
Christmas mocktails are great for the very fact that they look like a cocktail, but come without the alcoholic content. Anyone for mulled apple juice, faux fizz (pear and apricot syrup and sparkling water), a peppermint hot chocolate or pear juice and rose water punch?3
And if none of these Christmas mocktail recipes tickle your fancy, then why not have a go at making your own hot or cold drink that’s tailored to your tastebuds?