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Social Occasions and Migraine Mixes

This is the time of year that we enjoy those lovely evenings with family friends and work colleagues in both summer and winter parties around the world as we head on into the annual party season.

Here I want to share a few easy to make mocktails that may help you enjoy the occasion without the migraine onset.

Whether its an end of year work party, catching up with friends and family or celebrating with a well-earned holiday. This is the time of year that social engagements are filling up the calendar.

For a person who suffers migraines, those alcoholic party drinks on offer can be a migraine trigger.

 

There are plenty of delicious easy mocktail drinks that don’t include the alcohol.

Migraine sufferers who find that they cannot stomach alcohol at all may like to try my easy mocktail drinks below, that can add to the atmosphere of fun, putting you into a party mood without the pain of an alcohol migraine trigger.

Just because you find alcohol is a migraine trigger for you it doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy a fancy party drink!

You can choose to stick with the sodas and the fruit juices but if you are looking for a bit of fun to add to your socialising I would love to share with you a few of my favourite mocktails.

Some of you may not be able to drink alcohol as it creates a terrible migraine from the first sip, but this doesn’t mean that you need to miss out on the fun or socialising.

I remember being pregnant and still enjoy the Christmas season by filling a fancy glass with something delicious and non-alcoholic.

So why not try a few of these lovely recipes and enjoy this social season with a delicious non-alcoholic party drink and some social chatter. But without getting a huge migraine headache.

1. UNPLANNED APPLE & GINGER – SPICY SIPS

Sometimes when there is an unplanned social event and you need something tasty to sip on while chatting to your colleagues, these are ingredients that are readily available at bars and restaurants so is an easy request to ask of the bartender to whip you up this little spicy drink.

If you are making this drink at home you can add some rim decoration of flavoured salts or flavoured sugar dipped rims. Or try some sliced or frozen fruit segments in the glass as well.

Ginger has some helpful health properties for migraine sufferers, so having this mocktail to drink can also be helping your migraines as well as giving you that delicious Spicy Zing from the Ginger.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3-4 cubes of ice
  • Half a glass of ginger ale or ginger beer
  • Half a Glass of clear apple juice

METHOD

  • Add ice to your choice of party glass
  • Mix together apple and ginger ale in your glass
  • Add a few slithers of apple into the drink or on the side of the glass
  • It is delicious and refreshing with a little ZING of spice from the Ginger.

2. MARVELLOUS MINT & LIME – A MORISH MOCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

  • Half a cup of ginger ale (can also use soda water or sparkling water)
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar syrup (Recipe at bottom of page)
  • 1 and a half tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (raw sugar is best)
  • 10-15 leaves of mint (keep a couple of leaves for decoration)
  • 3-4 cubes of ice

METHOD

  • Using a small bowl and the end of a rolling pin (or mortar and Pestle),muddle the sugar and mint leaves
  • How to Muddle: Press and twist lightly to release the oils in the mint
  • Put lime juice in a glass and mix in with the mint and sugar
  • Top up with ginger ale, soda water or sparkling water
  • Add ice and decorate with lime slice and mint leaf
  • Serve immediately, and enjoy
  • You can go back for seconds!

IMPROVISED VERSION

  • TIP: use Sprite or Lemonade (this replaces the ginger ale, soda water or sparkling water and sugar syrup)

 

3. PINEAPPLE PLEASER – A DIVINE DRINK

I love pineapples in the middle of summer. They also have wonderful anti-inflammatory properties so they can help with your migraines too.

I lived in Asia for a while and the pineapples were delicious and sweet all year round.

You can freeze pineapple in ice cubes and put these into your drink. It is a great way to make it extra fruity and a little fancier at the same time.

INGREDIENTS

  • Half a cup of 100% pineapple juice (can be purchased from a store or made fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon passionfruit pulp (fresh is best)
  • Half a cup of lemonade
  • A few pieces of thinly sliced pineapple
  • A few pieces of sliced apple
  • 5-6 cubes of ice, preferably crushed
  • 4 leaves of mint

METHOD

  • Combine pineapple juice, passionfruit pulp, and ice into a small jug.
  • Add sliced apple, sliced pineapple and mint leaves.
  • Combine by gently stirring
  • Top off with the lemonade
  • Serve immediately, enjoying the fizz and fruity flavours.

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4. CLASSY CHOCOLATE & ALMOND MILK MARTINI MOCKTAIL

Using Almond milk can help with migraines as almonds are high in magnesium, which is an important mineral for migraine sufferers.

You can read more in my post about magnesium for migraines.

If chocolate is a trigger for you then this is not the best drink.

This drink can be used as a dessert after a social dinner. It can also be made in either a blender or a shaker.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of cold Almond milk
  • A quarter of a cup chocolate syrup (good quality syrup)
  • Crushed ice, as required
  • 2 martini style glasses

METHOD

  • Combine the almond milk, chocolate syrup, and crushed ice in a blender
  • Blend ingredients until nice and smooth
  • If desired you can decorate glass rim as per instruction below
  • Serve immediately, enjoying these chocolate and nutty flavours together.

DECORATION TIPS

  • A few chocolate sprinkles or shaved chocolate
  • A little extra chocolate sauce
  • Decorate the rim of the glass by dipping it into the chocolate sauce, and then dipping it into the chocolate shavings or sprinkles.
  • Strawberries can also be used for glass decoration instead if desired

How To Make Sugar Syrup

  • Put equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan.
  • Bring sugar and water to a boil on a medium heat
  • Simmer until the sugar is dissolved (it should take about 3-4 minutes)
  • Remove from the heat and let cool completely.
  • Syrup can be refrigerated in an airtight jar for approximately 1 month
  • It can also be frozen into trays or a container and used later as required.

I hope you have enjoyed reading a few of my favourite party drinks.

I would love to hear a few of your favourite non-alcohol party drink. If you would like to share then please leave them in the comments below.

Cheers, and have a happy, healthy and migraine free season.

 

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  1. I love this article! While I don’t get migraines from alcohol, it doesn’t always play nice with me. These drinks are fun and fancy enough to make you feel like you’re still a part of the party.

    I find that when you’re just drinking soda or water, you get a lot of questions. With this, you will be able to blend it a bit more and feel less self-conscious about not fitting in.

    Thanks so much for these fun and helpful recipes!

    • Thanks Taylor for reading my post. It can be difficult when everyone starts asking why you aren’t participating in the alcoholic beverages, and your right they are none the wiser. You look like your having a fantastic time with your delicious “Cocktail-Mocktail”. I hope you enjoy the holidays season and come away pain free. With Gratitude Mary

  2. I don’t have a migraine and I don’t drink alcohol, either. A little wine during parties is good for me. Two drinks make me dizzy already.

    These mocktails are good and easy to make. I like best the pineapple pleaser, I love pineapples and apples and theyre anti-infalmmatory as well. I will try to make this in one of our parties.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Marita

    • Hi Marita, Thanks you for reading my Mocktail recipes, i hope you enjoy trying the pineapple and passionfruit  mocktail. There are some wonderful health benefits in Pineapples including the fact  they have anti-inflammatory properties. I used to drink pineapple juice when I had sore muscles after exercising as it really helped reduce the lactic acid effect that makes the muscles sore. I hope you can also use these recipes for guest over the season that cannot consume alcoholic beverages. Wishing you a very happy holiday season, Mary

  3. Yum! Fantastic suggestions for the holiday seasons. I personally prefer alcoholic cocktails over “mocktails”, but I will use some of these for our older family members who don’t rink normally. These should definitely get them in the spirit. As for me, I’ll be trying a Moorish cocktail with a dash of gin. Thanks for the suggestions!

    • Hi Lev, thanks I am happy that you found my mocktails useful for you holiday and festive season. Its great to still be part of the party when you don’t consume alcohol. Try some fancy glasses for those family members and I am sure they will be delighted to be enjoying these social engagements with you. Mary

  4. I actually love cocktails but I hate getting hangover (once I start drinking I can’t seem to stop :P) Non-alcoholic cocktails solve this problem for good.

    The recipes that you have laid down here are awesome.

    I am thinking about making the CLASSY CHOCOLATE & ALMOND MILK MARTINI MOCKTAIL tonight.

    I will come back to let you know how I liked it and also start preparing for the next one tomorrow. 🙂

    Cheers!

  5. As a migraine suffer this is a great post. What awesome ideas for stepping it up without stepping out – HA! I sometimes turn down invitations or leave early from parties because of not drinking with my friends but these recipes would be a great alternative and my friends wouldn’t even know I wasn’t drinking.I am actually excited about trying these different recipes out during the holidays. Thank you so much for giving such a great alternative to alcoholic drinks.

    • Hi Beth, I’m so happy that you enjoyed my post. There are lots of great mocktails out there, but I have tried to focus on ones that have ingredients that can be helpful to those of us that suffer from migraines. I hope you enjoy these drinks and find one that you love. Happy Festive Season, Mary

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