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Cherry Delight

Cherry Delight

So first day of the holidays and the kids are already taking lumps out of each other and driving me batty so I’m hitting the bar early 😉

I apple, chopped, peeled and quartered
1 pear, skinned and chopped
37.5 g or 13oz cherries

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. This can be diluted to taste with ice and sparkling mineral water.

It’s making caused a temporary truce in the household with both kids giving it a 10/10 and I agree it is delicious.

As I was want to do in my former life I would always be ‘demob happy’ or guilty of peaking too soon and so Christmas Eve would have inevitably been ruined by my warm up session the night before and in honour of that tradition tonight I will be hitting the bar twice with another mocktail being created later 🙂 Day 93.

Indian Summer

Indian Summer

It was the last working day for me today prior to Christmas and I now have 16 days off. That usually would have prompted the biggest of sessions tonight and the brakes being taken off from here. The Christmas mocktail bar is an act of self-preservation for me and if it helps someone else all the better 🙂

I large pear, peeled and quartered (or if you’re lazy like me and don’t want to juice it just buy the juice ready done)
100mls or 3 1/2 fl oz’s cranberry juice
Ice cubes

Juice the pear and mix it with the cranberry juice. Serve with ice.

I will be taking the longest bath and then sipping this rather than getting sh*tfaced 😉 Day 89 Enjoy!

Rebel yell

As a teenager I rebelled by drinking thinking that as I was underage this was cool and edgy and that I was behaving like someone so much more sophisticated than my years.  It bolstered my fragile adolescent confidence and made me feel bigger and better than the real me.

But I realise now that none of that was true and actually my drinking had reached a level where at times I behaved in a very unsophisticated way, it had destroyed what little confidence I had and made me feel smaller and worse about the real me.  My ‘supposed’ friend had become my enemy.

Now as an adult I feel like I’m rebelling by not drinking – why is that?  Maybe it’s because its approaching Christmas and the advertising hoardings everywhere are urging me to have a drink, to ‘earn it’ in the words of one drink promotion campaign strap line.  And the thing is everyone does it nowadays don’t they?  That’s how it feels.  So if everyone does it then by doing something different you are rebelling aren’t you?  You aren’t following the corporate media marketing spiel.

Is what is going on some form of cultural ‘group think’?  Groupthink is is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people, in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an incorrect or deviant decision-making outcome. Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative ideas or viewpoints, and by isolating themselves from outside influences (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groupthink).  In my head alcohol and our drinking culture ticks all the boxes of group think but then I always hung around with drinkers and I happen to live in a country of drinkers, where to not drink is seen as strange, almost anti-social.  ‘Never trust a man who doesn’t drink’ is a saying that us Brits have.  Where it came from I’ve no idea but really?  What a load of drink justifying rubbish!

I agree with Lucy who calls it the ‘Sober Revolution’ or Mrs D who sees ‘sober as the new black’.  I’m going to call out my rebel yell of sobriety whether my culture agrees or not 🙂 Day 87.