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.


Mulled no-wine

I’ve blatantly copied the image off the Belvoir site ( as this is far better than any picture I can conjure up!  We are going to our village Christmas carol concert today and they will be offering mulled wine and mince pies.  The only thing we can possibly have tonight is therefore mulled winter punch 🙂

This contains red grape juice, elderberry juice, blackcurrant juice and orange juice spiced up with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.  Pour and gently warm in a pan and serve or serve in a mug and microwave for a lovely winter warmer.

Day 92

Funky Monkey

Funky Monkey

This is my hubby’s choice and mixology skills and is taken from the book Preggatini’s: Mixology for the Mom-to-Be by Natalie Bovis-Nelsen.  Oh and monkey is called Fred and belongs to my daughter  🙂

1/4 glass of milk
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 scoop chocolate ice-cream

Blend all ingredients and serve.

Day 91.

Edited to add:  hubby’s on funky monkey no 2 and this time has added 1/2 a banana blitzed up in it.



Today is Winter Solstice eve. In my favourite UK city, where I used to live, this is known as ‘Burning the Clocks’ ( and is a good opportunity to celebrate and release things from the past year. As part of this celebration I have written a good-bye letter to alcohol which will be burned on our fire and I will toast my new found sobriety with this tasty mocktail 🙂

30ml or 1fl oz fresh lime juice
30ml or 1fl oz fresh lemon juice
30ml or 1 fl oz fresh orange juice
Grenadine, to taste
Maraschino cherry, for decoration

Mix all the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker already packed with ice and then strain into a glass. Add a cherry for a final flourish. Cheers! Day 90

PS I will share the good-bye letter around New Year time.

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!

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 🙂

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 (  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.

The drinking mirror

I love this idea and think it’s brilliant.  As part of the Scottish Government’s Healthier Scotland: Drink Smarter “Drop A Glass Size” campaign there is an app that you can download called the Drinking Mirror that depicts the serious aging effects that boozing has on our skin and faces.

The Drink Smarter campaign page reads:

Is alcohol ageing you? Deeper wrinkles, red cheeks and weight gain… some of the visible effects of regularly drinking too much are not a pretty sight.

Download the FREE Drinking Mirror Android and iPhone Apps below and see how dropping a glass size could help you look fabulous.

Alternatively you can use our web version here

You upload a photo of yourself and enter your weekly beverage intake, and then Drinking Mirror recreates the image to show just how great you could look in ten years.

Give it a go and remind yourself why you aren’t doing this to yourself anymore!

Day 86.