Mocktail recipes to help you love your liver this Christmas

Even if you’re careful to stick to sensible drinking levels throughout the rest of the year, chances are you probably let your hair down a bit over Christmas and New Year, and forget to keep track of how much you’re drinking.

Indeed, most people may be less likely to count their alcohol units during December. And according to Cancer Research UK, if you’re aged between 18 and 34, you’ll probably knock back an estimated 62 units during the festive period. That’s the equivalent of 30 standard (175ml) glasses of wine or 22 pints of normal-strength beer.

Drinking a large amount of alcohol – even for only a few days over Christmas – can lead to a build-up of fat in the liver. So this year, try to have a soft drink (preferably sugar free) for each alcoholic drink, and your liver will thank you for it.

A glass of fizzy water or tonic water with a splash of lime can be very refreshing. Problem is, it’s not exactly very festive. Thankfully, the Drinkaware campaign has put together a collection of delicious mocktail recipes, so you don’t have to feel you’re not spoiling yourself by avoiding or cutting back on alcohol this year.

Here are a couple of festive mocktails you can try (find more recipes on the Drinkaware website):

Mulled cranberry cocktail

Serves four

Ingredients

1lt cranberry juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves
1/2 cup cranberries
1/2 sugar (or granular sweetener)
1/4tsp ground cinnamon

Method

1. Combine the juice, cinnamon stick and cloves in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer.

2. Combine the cranberries, sugar/sweetener, ground cinnamon with 2tbsp water in a separate saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, stirring until the cranberries pop and are well coated.

3. When cool enough to handle, thread the cranberries onto four cocktail sticks. Pour the mulled cranberry juice into four mugs and garnish with the cranberry cocktail sticks.

(Source: marthastewart.com)

Orange and cranberry spritz

Serves four

Ingredients

500ml smooth orange juice

500ml smooth cranberry juice

400ml sparkling elderflower drink

Method

1. Mix together the orange juice and cranberry juice in a large juice. Slowly pour in the sparkling elderflower drink (as it will fizz up)

2. Mix together and serve in tall glasses with ice.

(source: bbcgoodfood.com)

Mocktails from Drinkaware https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/blog/?p=212

For more ways to cut down on alcohol read our hangover prevention tips in Eat, drink and avoid hangovers this Christmas. Your local Careway pharmacist can also give you lots of tips on drinking sensibly, as well as provide you with painkillers for a hangover if you overindulge. Find your nearest pharmacy by using our Pharmacy Finder