If you’ve decided to give up alcohol for January or are swapping alcoholic drinks for other reasons, you don’t always have to opt for a glass of water. We’ve rounded a selection of some of our favourite delicious drinks and drink recipes that not only taste fantastic but also happen to be alcohol-free.
Ginger Lime Fizz
A refreshing combination of zesty citrus fruit and sharp, spicy ginger that delivers on taste and sparkle. Lime is a great source of vitamin C which helps to protect the cells in our body and helps wounds to heal.
- 350ml ginger beer
- 120ml soda water
- 25ml fresh squeezed lime juice
- Limes to garnish
Combine ingredients in a jug or pitcher. Taste and adjust lime juice as needed. Serve cold.
The Perfect Homemade Protein Shake
Crammed with protein-rich chia seeds and peanut butter, this smoothie packs a nutritious punch to set you up for the day. Not just for natural sweetness, the banana adds some essential fibre along with vitamin C and potassium.
- 1 peeled banana
- 150g low-fat natural yoghurt or soya yoghurt
- 100ml of semi-skimmed milk or dairy-free milk
- 1 tbsp. peanut butter
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- ½ tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
Simply mix all the ingredients together in a blender and enjoy straight away.
Cool cucumber livens up plain water with a minty, thirst-quenching twist. Cucumber is a good source of vitamin K which helps wounds to heal.
- 1/2 cucumber, peeled and sliced
- Handful fresh mint leaves
- 2 litres cold water
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
Combine the cucumber, mint, and water in a large jug or jar. Refrigerate for 1 to 4 hours. Serve over ice and garnish with a lime wedge in each glass.
Coconut Water Mojito Mocktail
A healthier non-alcoholic alternative to the classic mojito. This vegan recipe combines zesty lime and mint flavours with the hydrating properties and tropical taste of coconut water.
- ½ lime, cut into three wedges
- 2 springs fresh mint
- ½tsp unrefined sugar
- 2 ice cubes
- 100ml coconut water
- 100ml sparkling water
Squeeze the lime wedges as you place them into a glass. Crush the mint leaves on the back of your hand a few times before adding them to the glass. Sprinkle in the sugar and combine everything together using a narrow rolling pin or the end of a wooden spoon. Add the ice, coconut water and sparkling water to the glass. Stir gently to mix and serve.
Iced Green Tea
This recipe proves that tea tastes good even when it’s served chilled. With its sharp taste, green tea is a nutritional powerhouse packed with naturally occurring folic acid, potassium, B vitamins and magnesium.
- 4 green tea bags
- A slice of fresh lemon
- A sprig of fresh mint leaves
- 500ml boiling water
- 500ml cold water
Start by letting your tea bags brew in the boiled water for two to three minutes. Take out the tea bags and allow the tea to cool. Next, pour the cooled tea into a jug and add honey, lemon and mint to taste. Stir cold water into the mixture and put the jug in the fridge. Once the mixture is chilled, serve the tea in a glass with ice.
Super Greens and Aloe Vera
A fresh blend of lettuce and cucumber with an aloe vera and wasabi kick. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera contains a wide range of nutrients including vitamins A, C and E.
- Handful of iceberg lettuce
- Half a cucumber
- Pea-sized dollop of wasabi paste
- 1 tbsp. lime juice
- Pinch of Himalayan rock salt
- 25ml aloe vera
Fill a cocktail glass with ice and water and leave to chill. Empty just before serving. Combine all other ingredients in a blender and pour through a fine sieve into your chilled glass. Serve with two cubes of ice and garnish with a slice of cucumber.
Beetroot, Apple, Carrot and Ginger Juice
Not only does this drink taste and look delicious, research  has shown that drinking a glass of beetroot juice every day may lower blood pressure among high blood pressure patients.
- 2 raw Beetroot bulbs
- 2 large Carrots
- 1 apple
- A thumb nail size cube of ginger
Peel the ginger and the beetroot. Put all the ingredients through a juicer. Mix with a spoon and pour into your glass.
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