Christmas is an interesting time, we can find that old triggers pop up, the stories we used to tell ourselves, we can also find ourselves trying to step into new identities, or playing the role of the ‘perfect hostess’ or the ‘fun mum’, chief cook and bottle washer, before ending up frazzled and exhausted.
This year, take the time to notice what you want, how you want this Christmas period to be for you. When you are sober, you can be authentic and value yourself and your needs, you can, with compassion, tell others what you need, set boundaries and if necessary, literally butt out.
Determine what you DO want, create a ‘woop’ for your Christmas and New Year – we do this in The Sober Club and it really works:
W stands for WISH – What do you want this Christmas to be like?
O stands for OUTCOME – What will it really look like if you get the wish, i.e. in detail what do you want to happen?
O stands for OBSTACLE – Realistically what might get in the way, or trip you up?
P stands for PLAN – How can you plan to ensure that you will succeed, what can you put in place, what support do you need?
It’s super important to identify the triggers that may come up for you, is it that you always drink a certain drink as you put up the Christmas tree? Have a Sherry or a glass of Port with the Queen’s speech? Whatever it used to be – remember the manttra:
Keep the ritual, change the ingredients!
Don’t allow the wine witch to creep in, making you feel ‘left out’. You are not missing out on anything by not drinking – (well only the toxic liquid), you are gaining the ability to be fully ‘present’.
So get some of the fabulous alcohol free drinks to add to your sober toolkit and ask yourself what tiny new habits or micro steps you need to put into place to make this festive season your best ever.
Try some fabulous Sea Arch, a delicious distilled non-alcoholic spirit inspired by the Devon coast where the founders live, beautiful packaging, made using traditional distillation techniques to capture the very best from each of the 11 botanicals including sea kelp and samphire, native to the Devon coast, also juniper, blood orange, cardamom and coriander. Now in pre-mixed cans too, in two flavours; Sea & T which is the classic Coastal Juniper blend with a twist, and a lightly sparkling Indian tonic, and Rose Sea & T which is the Coastal Juniper blend with a light raspberry and rose infused tonic.
Enter to try and win some on the link below:
Launched in the UK in 2019, Lyres is a premium producer of non-alcoholic spirits, the most awarded non-alcoholic spirit brand in the world and is a completely unique way for no and low alcohol drinkers to enjoy a sophisticated tipple.
The range has 13 different spirits and liqueurs which mimic iconic drinks like whiskey & coke (Lyre’s American Malt & coke), gin & tonic (Lyre’s Dry London Spirit) or cocktails like the Negroni (Lyre’s Dry London Spirit, Lyre’s Italian Orange and Lyre’s Rosso Aperitif)… and many more!
Try some Gin-esque a gorgeous handcrafted, 100% purely distilled non-alcoholic gin, distilled using the finest organic botanicals and combined with age old maceration processes and traditional copper pot distillation to create a non-alcoholic gin with the complex and intense flavour of traditional gin. Celtic Myst is a refreshing herbal blend of juniper with citrus and rosemary notes. Silk Roots is an aromatic spicy warm blend of clove and cardamom with citrus and cinnamon notes.
For celebrating it’s hard to beat Noughty AF Sparkling Chardonnay – Noughty alcohol-free organic vegan sparkling Chardonnay has been dealcoholised to retain the rich flavour of this beautifully crafted bottle. With 2.9g of sugar per 100ml, it’s almost half the sugar content of other non-alcoholic sparkling wine, and with just 14 calories per glass, it’s the perfect answer to a hangover free celebration.
Check out Wise Bartender here>> There’s a huge range of alcohol-free drinks in their online store and they also run a pop up bar. Started in September 2017, they specialise in drinks that are below 0.5% ABV. They have over 90 different drink varieties including beers, ciders, wines, spirits, craft sodas and even Prosecco and a GnT! Sourced from across Europe including some from the UK. They specialise in presenting the qualities of each drink, highlighting drinks that are gluten free, vegan friendly, isotonic and ones that are enriched with vitamins.
Delicious Mulled Wine
You can make a simple alcohol free mulled wine by using any cheap alcohol free red wine, add a sachet of mulled wine spices, an orange with cloves studded through, and a teaspoon of coconut sugar, you may want to add a cinnamon stick, and some orange juice to taste. You could also add a dash of Lyres Italian Orange – yum!
Heres a fancier recipe courtesy of a Sober Club member Abi Skerrit…
1 bottle of AF red wine
400 ml Orange juice
200ml Cranberry juice
1 stick of Cinnamon
3 Star Anise
10 Pink Peppercorns
100 g dark brown soft sugar or Coconut sugar
1 Orange studded with Cloves (about 15 cloves)
1 teaspoon Ginger powder
½ teaspoon ground Nutmeg (freshly grated if possible)
Pour red wine, Orange juice, Cranberry juice into a pan
Stud a small Orange with Cloves and add to the pan
Add all the other ingredients and mix well.
Gently bring the liquid to the boil and then simmer for about 10-15 mins.
SERVE!!! Remember its AF so can be enjoyed anytime!
IF pouring into a thick glass, put a metal spoon in the glass first to stop the glass breaking!
Garnish with a slice of Orange or a few Pink Peppercorns!
Want to get creative mixing alcohol free cocktails?
Christmas Cheats & Sober Treats
If you’ve just started your ‘ditching the booze’ journey or it’s your first Christmas sober, the chances are this may be a stressful time. We know that people often turn to sugar when they’ve ditched booze, its normal…..read my blog on how to reframe how you think about sugar and so called ‘treats’.