Christmas cheer – without the beer

Over the festive period it can be overwhelming to consider celebrating without alcohol, especially if your friends and family will be drinking.

However, there are many ways to enjoy the season alcohol-free and plenty of non-alcoholic drink alternatives to enjoy at that festive occasion or gathering.

If you add garnishes you can make the drink feel just as special as a traditional cocktail.

It’s not just the hangover you will be avoiding either. Alcoholic drinks can add a significant number of calories to our diets.

For example:

A 440ml can of RTD whiskey and cola has approximately 1,307 kJ.
A 53g Mars bar has 1020 kilojoules.
If you're having four RTD whiskey and colas on a night out, you're adding around 4000 kilojoules to your diet. That’s like eating four Mars bars! 


Here’s a great refreshing summer drink you can enjoy instead of an alcoholic beverage. Great for summer BBQs.

‘Otai’ Watermelon Drink


5-6 cups cold seedless watermelon, cubed
1 cup cold crushed pineapple
1 can (13.5 ounces approx.) cold coconut milk
1 cup of cold coconut water
2 tablespoons of lime juice.

Put the diced watermelon into a large bowl and gently mash without breaking it up completely.

Add in the rest of the ingredients and mash a little more, stir well. Chill 30 min then serve over ice.

If you prefer you can put all ingredients into a blender and pulse until blended but still chunky - you don’t want a thin puree.


Chill everything well the night before you make the drink.

You can use lighter coconut milk if desired instead of the full fat, it will have a lighter taste to it.

Any fruits that mash/chop well do great with this drink. You can use mango, papaya, melons, berries.

Makes two litres, 8-10 servings (approx. 105 calories per drink).


(image: stock photo watermelon)


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