There are many reasons why parents may choose not to drink. Whether you are pregnant/trying/breastfeeding or you’d just rather not face a hangover on minimal sleep! But summer and all it’s wonderful garden parties and socialising can make reducing alcohol tricky. So we asked the amazing Camille Vidal, aka Mindfully Cami, founder of La Maison Wellness and mum to adorable twin baby boys for some Mindful Drinking pointers.
In the UK, 20% of the population do not drink alcohol, the popularity of alcohol in the younger generation is declining, and more people are becoming sober-curious everyday. This demand and rise in popularity is opening doors for more non-alcoholic options, making mindful drinking more exciting and accessible.
Here’s Cami’s top tips for MINDFUL DRINKING:
1. It’s ok to say no
You don’t have to explain to anyone why you’re not drinking. Don’t feel like you have to make up excuses like I’m on medication, I’ve got a busy day tomorrow or I’m driving tonight, for your choice to be deemed acceptable.
Usually it will cut the conversation short if you are unapologetic about not wanting a drink. Be comfortable with your decision. If someone is really insistent, I would just say, “I’m good, I’m having fun. Are you?”
2. Look it up!
Do your research, and make sure you ask the bar team, as sometimes it’s not on the menu. More and more places have exciting no and low alcohol options on the menu, that beat having to stick to warm orange juice, sugary soda or water (nothing wrong with staying hydrated but, you know!)
Club Soda has a great app that lists all the venues in the UK that have non-alcoholic menus. Make sure to check it out!
3. Work out what you like
From non-alcoholic spirits & sparkling wine to beer, cider & cocktails, there are loads of options out there already and many more to come.
Check out Cami’s wealth of Mindful Cocktail recipes (try the Rose Spritz below for starters) as well as listings for Mindful Drinking events and make sure you give her a follow on @lamaisonwellness and @mindfullycami as she shares weekly recipes and alcohol free recommendations.
4. Come prepared
Will going to a BBQ with a lack of interesting alcohol free drinks options pressure you into drinking that glass of wine, you don’t really want? Absolutely…
So bring your own! If you come armed with a refreshing Mindful Cocktail, like the delicious recipe below, other people will enjoy trying it too. We thought the Rose Spritz would be make a wonderful baby shower drink!
SPRITZ ROSE RECIPE
A delicious grapefruit & rose spritz!
– 50ml | 2oz MARTINI Vibrante*
– 50ml | 2oz fresh pink grapefruit juice
– 10ml | 0.3oz rose water
– Top up with tonic water
Glass – Wine glass
Garnish – Grapefruit slice
Simply fill your glass to the brim with ice and pour in your measured ingredients, top up with tonic water and give a gentile stir as to not disturb the bubbles. Garnish and enjoy!