Designated drivers, soft drinks do not have to be boring!
Best non-alcoholic drinks for designated drivers
The party season is upon us once again and we are all looking forward to Christmas and New Year’s Eve. That means lots of eating, drinking and making merry which is great for those lucky people who are not the designated driver. But what about those who do have the responsibility of ferrying around the non-drivers.
Here are a few of our ideas at CVS Ltd for how designated drivers can enjoy a few drinks without risking their driving license and without resorting to the boring old cup of tea or coffee.
Designated drivers can enjoy non-alcoholic Cocktails
Ainsley Harriots Virgin Mary cocktail is a great option, which has all the ingredients and taste of a traditional Bloody Mary but without the usual kick. The recipe for this one is on the BBC Food website, and for those who are prepared to do a little research and be a little adventurous in their drinks mixing the internet is a rich source of useful guidance.
How about a blueberry mojito? You will need 8 Mint Leaves,15 ml Lime Juice, 15 ml Sugar Syrup, 85 ml Blueberry Juice, Soda Water, Garnish – Mint Sprig & Blueberries. Quick and simple to put together and is sure to delight your lucky guests.
And in keeping with the pantomime season how about a Cinderella? You will need 25 ml Lemon Juice, 25 ml Orange Juice, 25 ml Pineapple Juice, 50 ml Ginger Ale, dash of Grenadine Syrup, Pineapple & Orange Slices. Pour the juices into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well for 10 – 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with slices of pineapple and orange. More cocktail ideas can be found on the ‘social and cocktail’ website.
Don’t forget to buy a cocktail shaker and make sure to have plenty of ice cubes ready.
Traditional punch recipes can taste just as good without the usual alcoholic additions. Try experimenting beforehand to get the mixtures just right, all in the interests of research of course.
Non-alcoholic Beers and Wines are a great alternative for designated drivers
Many years ago the market for non-alcoholic beer was very limited indeed with only one or two beers available that included one called Kaliber, which was probably something of an acquired taste. Luckily there is more choice nowadays as brewers have caught up with the idea that not everyone wants to get pie-eyed!
Strictly speaking, beers and lagers aimed at non-drinkers or designated drivers generally do still contain alcohol but at a much lower volume than normal, although some are zero alcohol. It is always worth checking the labels before you buy and look in the specialist booze stores for a greater choice.
For those partial to a glass of Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon there is good news as you can also buy non-alcoholic wines of a decent quality. Specialist online retailers are the best place to look for these and as we progress to buy more non-alcoholic wines the better the choice will become.
The great thing is designated drivers no longer have to worry about boring soft drinks
Gone are the days when a soft drink meant an insipid glass of diluted orange juice or lemonade. You can now choose from all sorts of exciting soft drink cocktails or punches.
A popular one for designated drivers is a Blood Orange-based punch. This contains cranberry juice, blood orange juice (or just orange juice), lime juice, apple juice, orange and lime wedges and mint sprigs to decorate.
If you don’t feel confident in creating your own mixes, or you simply haven’t the time, have a look on the supermarket shelves for ready-mixed cocktails and cordials, like elderflower or raspberry cordials.
There is so much choice now that you are sure to find plenty to please your designated drivers and other non-drinking visitors.
Hopefully we have given you some inspiration for how you can keep all your visitors safe on the roads this year- designated drivers and non-drivers alike.