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What do you drink instead of booze?

When I gave up smoking there was a plethora of widely available and nationally promoted advice and support guidelines and a raft of nicotine replacement therapies that I could choose from to help me stop. Patches, gum, microtabs, lozenges, inhalator, nasal spray and drugs.

As for replacements for alcohol you find your own through trial and error.  These are the things that have helped me:

Tea, coffee, herbal teas – particularly Twinings, Pukka and Clipper brands.

Soft drinks  and cordials – particularly San Pellegrino, Belvoir and Bottlegreen.  Elderflower cordial is really popular and delicious.

Mixers – if you liked a G&T like I did, then just have the tonic water, ice and a slice.

Alcohol-free beers and wines – now this is a contentious subject and I can only speak for myself but I like the option of these.  Others are understandably cautious about drinking these and I completely respect that.  You should do what is right for you and err on the side of caution if unsure.   I have tried Becks Blue, and some supermarket own brand de-alcoholised wines, either in red, rose, white or sparkling.  The drinks industry are waking up to the fact that there is a growing alcohol free market and are beginning to cater for it.  Good websites for a wide selection of beers, ciders, wines, spirit and cocktail substitutes can be found here and here.

I have also tried kava, which is a drink made from the roots of a plant of the Western Pacific and is consumed by the Pacific Ocean cultures of Polynesia.  It has a sedating effect and is primarily consumed to relax without disrupting mental clarity.  This can be bought online via stores like this one.

These are not recommendations just alternatives that I have tried and this list is by no means exhaustive!  I’m interested to hear any other suggestions that I might try 🙂

Edited to add: 14th March 2016

Kava and the Rise of Healthy New York

In an increasingly health-conscious New York, some would-be boozehounds are turning to kava, made from a South Pacific-originated plant, as a substitute for alcohol | New Yorker, USA

Virgin Mary

Virgin Mary

The Christmas Mocktail bar is closing its doors tonight and there was only one possibility that we could drink tonight.

150ml or 5fl oz tomato juice
30ml or 1fl oz fresh lemon juice
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
dash Tabasco sauce
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 stick celery

Pour the first four ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Season to taste. Stir well. Add the celery stick to use a a stirrer.

Day 94. Merry Sober Christmas to you all xx

New home of theelectrumblog!

New home of theelectrumblog!

Do you like the blog crawl instead of a pub crawl! 🙂

So the other reason for wanting to mix another mocktail today was to celebrate my new blog venue. I’ve been mulling over the whole sobriety thing ever since I stopped drinking 93 days ago. I loved theelectrumblog but the name was a little esoteric and didn’t really declare its intentions. So with only a week to go until I hit my 100th day I am nailing my colours to the mast and celebrating the very best thing about not drinking in the title of my new blog home! 🙂

Now my old self is saying ‘lets just see you slip up royally in the next 7 days now that you’ve made this big declaration’ whereas the new me is saying ‘I am grateful for what the last 93 days has shown me and this home is about the external manifestation of my internal intentions’ (oh and f**k you wolfie 😉 )

So now for the mocktail recipe:
Blueberry breezer

3 passion fruit
1 mango, peeled and stoned
125g or 4oz blueberries
Mineral water

Take the flesh of the passion fruit. Mix it with the mango, then with the blueberries and place all the ingredients in a blender. The amount of mineral water will depend on the consistency you prefer.

Chin chin!

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.

Morning Spray

Morning Spray

All of these mocktails are taken from the book ‘How to Cure a Hangover’ by Andrew Irving. This one was recommended by Oliff, the head barman at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in Sydney, Australia and also the barman at the Reform Club in Pall Mall, London.

I thought I’d start with something nice and simple to warm up my skills slowly and the picture is pretty self explanatory:

Glass of tonic water
Drop of Angostura bitters

Drop the bitters into the tonic water and stir.


and after …….

and after .......

But tea gets pretty repetitive even for us tea-loving Brits. So for the next 7 days as the countdown to Christmas begins I’m going to practice my mixology skills and the Christmas Mocktail Bar will be open. Each night I will make a different mocktail, take a snap and share the recipe. Just because I don’t drink doesn’t mean what I drink is dull 🙂