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.
1. 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.
2. Red Berry Mocktail
13 kcal per serving
Ideal Weight red berry water flavouring
Sparkling or soda water
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.
3. 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
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.
4. Mulled Wine
120 kcal per serving
1 litre orange juice
1 litre cranberry juice
2 cinnamon sticks
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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