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.
- 3-4 cubes of ice
- Half a glass of ginger ale or ginger beer
- Half a Glass of clear apple juice
- 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
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
- 1 cup of cold Almond milk
- A quarter of a cup chocolate syrup (good quality syrup)
- Crushed ice, as required
- 2 martini style glasses
- 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.
- 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.