From mulled wine to non alcoholic whiskey and everything in between, these are the drinks that will get you through till spring.
1. Non-alcoholic Mulled wine
In the Northern hemisphere, mulled wine is a bit like Christmas in a cup. Here in the southern hemisphere it is the ultimate in winter warmers (or Christmas in July). With spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon, and fruits such as blackcurrants and cherries, Mulled wine is as comforting as it is delicious.
You can make a do-it-yourself alcohol-free mulled wine very easily with a Mr Consistent mixer and and your favourite alcohol-free red wine such as the Newblood Shiraz. Or if you prefer a ready to drink mulled wine, try Edenvale Hearth Mulled Wine, which can be served warm and garnished with a wedge of orange.
2. Whisky Mocktails
Whisky Mocktails are another great winter tiple, and with an extra burst from the ginger ale an alcohol free whiskey and dry ginger is a winning combination. There a lots of options here, but my personal favourite is Monday’s ready to drink Dram and Dry.
3. Spiced Rum Mocktail
Winter is definitely the time to spice up your rum mocktails, and when it comes to spice, I can't go past Lyre's Spiced Cane Spirit mixed with Strangelove Hot Ginger Beer. The combination of heat from the ginger root and Sichuan pepper in the ginger beer and the flavour of classic spiced cane spirit is lip smackingly perfect for a chilly night.
4. Hot chocolate with Amaretto
Hot chocolate is another winter favourite, especially when you need a bit of a pick-me-up. You can make this with instant hot chocolate powder or my melting chocolate into warm milk. Add a splash of alcohol-free spirit for an extra kick of flavour.
My personal favourite combination is hot chocolate with Lyre’s Amaretti. For the ultimate treat add some whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top.
5. Non-Alcoholic Sparkling wine
Of course, the best winter drinks are not necessarily the ones that will help keep you warm! A glass of sparkling wine is welcome all year round – but in winter, I try to choose a sparkling wine that comes with some extra vitamins!
In terms of bubbles with benefits, I can’t go past Wild Life Sparkling Nude. Every bottle is packed with an impressive array of plant powered benefits such as he calming properties of lemon balm, the soothing properties of damask rose, antioxidant rich rosemary and stimulating damiana. This product is also available in Sparkling Blush.