Festive Christmas Soda (Full of Plants)
These zero waste festive drinks prove that you don’t have to put up with toxic chemicals, animal ingredients or plastic packaging, to join the party. Whether you want boozy or teetotal, here are good ideas. Also see the occasions tag (including how to keep pets safe at Christmas – keep alcohol and mulling spices like nutmeg away from furry friends).
- Belvoir Fruit Farms (Leicestershire) makes a nice mulled wine cordial; a fruity blend of cranberry and orange juice, with warming winter spices. Dilute 1 to 10 and enjoy hot or cold, or mix with rum or vodka with a cheeky hot toddy. Or try their Festive Fruit Punch (made with cranberry, orange, cinnamon and nutmeg – serve hot/cold or add in bowl with fruit and a splash of vodka).
- Steenbergs offers organic mulling spices, to turn a simple glass of red wine into a festive drink. Or try their loose-leaf organic Christmas tea.
- Wild Things Prosecco makes your glass of bubbly do good. Profits from this vegan sparkly wine go to help Born Free, the charity that helps rescue animals from zoos and circuses. It’s better than Babycham (fined through bones – Bambi deer on the bottle would not be happy). While you’re there, pick up some Baileys Almande.
- Make your own vegan snowball, a mix of cream soda, lime, brandy and vanilla custard.
- Forgo the big corporate brands this year, and go for Kitty’s Homemade Ginger Wine. This is made in Northumberland with fresh ginger, citrus and eastern spices, for a unique contemporary twist.