12 Christmas Blogs #10: Cocktails & Mocktails

Health Things To Do | by | 30th Dec 2016

Fruity cocktail for cocktails and mocktails article NYE

Welcome to the tenth of our 12 Christmas Blogs that will lead you through the festivities up to the 2nd of January. We will be looking at lots of different subjects including coping with the stresses of Christmas, recipe ideas, debt, savings and New Year’s resolutions. So come back each day to see what topic we’ll be discussing.

Christmas is done for another year, so let’s gear up to New Year’s Eve! In this article we’ll look at cocktails, mocktails and responsible drinking.

How will you be waving goodbye to 2016 and welcoming in 2017? For a lot of people it involves a bit of a party and with a party comes a few drinky-poos. Yet a good party is not an excuse for irresponsible drinking, so we’ll come on to that at that in a bit, but first let’s have a look at some delicious cocktails.


The Oxford English Dictionary says a cocktail is: An alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit or spirits mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit juice or cream. And boy are there a lot of varieties out there to suit all tastes. Here’s a quick round up of some of the finest recipes:

And if there’s likely to be fireworks, here’s our guide to firework safety. And if there’s another type of fireworks likely, here’s our guide to controlling your anger.

Green cocktails are cool


Thinking of starting Dry January early? Or don’t like alcohol. Perhaps you want to give the kids a special treat on NYE. Then check out these fabulous mocktail recipes…

Responsible Drinking

However if you or your guests do decide to imbibe alcohol on New Year’s Eve then please do so in moderation. Drinkaware has a handy app to track and calculate the units you intake. They also have a section on how to be a responsible role model for children when it comes to drinking. Lastly they have some top tips on how to help someone who has drunk too much.

And although taxis can be very expensive on the big night please do not even consider drinking and driving. Just take one look at BRAKE’s Not a drop, not a drag campaign. Also Think! UK Government’s Road Safety project has lots of information too.


Finally Road Safety Wales has some brilliant posters and videos made by young people in Wales.

2016 drink drive poster

Join us each day until 2nd January for more of our 12 Christmas Blogs


Want to find out about services available to you and your child in your area? Do you need advice or support on family matters? Then get in touch with the FamilyPoint Cymru helpline. We are open over the festive period, even on Christmas Day.

  • Phone: 0300 222 57 57
  • Text: 07860 052 905
  • Instant message (see below)

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