Drinks for special occasions – with no added sugar2 min read

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It’s only 3 days till Christmas. Today started with a trip to the local farmer’s market to stock up on the fresh produce. Then it was a full afternoon of making lots of healthy, paleo goodies ready for Christmas. Even had time to try some new recipes and put a whole lot of mangoes into the new food dehydrator we were given as an early Christmas present. Ahhh….. time for a drink!!

We’re always looking for drinks for special occasions that look and taste fantastic. We also want things that are easy, not expensive, and that don’t undermine a healthy lifestyle. Christmas drinks don’t have to equal sugar (or artificial sweeteners), coloring, excess alcohol, or other additives and preservatives.

Here are some great combinations we created recently.
All of the drinks pictured are a simple combination of fruit and soda water. Great for adults and kids alike. Choose nice glasses and these drinks will look spectacular. (Left to Right: blueberry, lime, mango, watermelon & mint) Here’s what we did:

  • Watermelon and mint – put about two teaspoons of mashed up watermelon in the bottom of the glass. Add ice and fill with soda water. Then add a couple of slices of fresh watermelon and a sprig of mint.
  • Mango – put about two teaspoons of mashed mango in the bottom of the glass. Fill with soda water. Add chunks of mango and ice.
  • Blueberry – same process as the mango.
  • Strawberry – same as mango.
  • Lemon or lime or combination of both – put about a tablespoon of freshly squeezed juice in the glass and a few slices of the fruit, and ice. Top up with soda water.
  • Water kefir – can be served plain. We also like to add a tablespoon of lemon juice, a few slices of lemon, and ice. Looks and tastes great with the added benefit of probiotics.

We’d suggest that you have plenty of the mashed up fruit ready to make drinks whenever the need arises. You could make some up in the blender (or Thermomix if you have one) and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep for a couple of days. Any leftovers could be frozen in ice cube trays and you’ll have some ready to use later on.

What about alcoholic drinks?Christmas drinks

This is really up to you. We are certainly not against alcoholic drinks as such, though you do need to weigh up the effects on health. One of our family favourites is Stone’s Green Ginger Wine with soda water. About 1 part ginger wine and four parts soda water for a nice, refreshing drink, and not too much sugar or alcohol.

Caitlin, at Grass Fed Girl, has some excellent info on what she calls `lesser evil options’ when it comes to alcoholic beverages. Check it out here.

We hope that you have fun making these and your own creations for the Christmas festivities.

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