When you're abstaining from alcohol as part of your weight loss plan, the festive season can be hard. It doesn't quite feel the same raising a toast on New Year's Eve with a glass of water, however you don't need to have an alcoholic drink to feel like you're celebrating and it doesn't even need to be a calorific soft drink. Here are four recipes for delicious guilt-free mocktails which you can enjoy at occasions all year round.

Champagne picture by Curt Smith via Flickr1. Super Easy Mock Champagne

170 kcal per serving


Chilled diet ginger ale
White grape juice

Add all three ingredients to a pitcher and stir. Serve in a champagne flute for an elegant drink to raise a toast with.

Christmas cocktail picture by Colleen McMahon via Flickr2. Red Berry Mocktail

13 kcal per serving


Ideal Weight red berry water flavouring
Sparkling or soda water
1 lime

We know that everyone likes their red berry water flavouring at different strengths, so add your preferred amount to a glass of sparkling or soda water. Squeeze a wedge of lime into the drink for citrusy kick. This mocktail has by far the lowest calories out of the drinks on this list so a good choice if you really want to limit your intake.

Picture via Raymond Bryson via Flickr3. Tropical Punch

80 kcal per serving


1200ml diet lemonade or slim line tonic
600ml orange juice
600ml pineapple juice
1 kiwi fruit, sliced
120g pineapple, cubed
1 mango, cubed
Crushed ice

Add all the fruit juices and lemonade into a large pitcher and stir, then add you choice of fruit (you may even fancy some different tropical combinations!). Add plenty of crushed ice for a chilled mocktail. We think this drink is perfect for a summer holiday and celebrations. This recipe serves around 10 people so bear that in mind when you're filling up your glass.

Mulled wine picture by rpavich via Flickr4. Mulled Wine

120 kcal per serving


1 litre orange juice
1 litre cranberry juice
2 cinnamon sticks
5 cloves
Slices of orange / lemon (optional)

Add all the ingredients into a saucepan and put onto a low heat. Stir until hot and serve with a ladle into heatproof glasses and add your sliced orange / lemon pieces.

If you're missing a Christmassy tipple then this low calories mulled wine recipe can hit the spot. This recipe serves 8 so is a great drink to make if you are throwing a festive party or drinking with family on Christmas Day.

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