The sweltering weather and festive season that has you dreaming of sitting back and relaxing to sip on a refreshing tonic is fast approaching. But that needn’t mean you pay for it later with a headache – mocktails are taking off as the new way to enjoy a stylish and refreshing tipple without the topple. There are some delicious and healthy natural refreshments such as aloe water, coconut water or kombucha that have that refreshing pizzazz or balmy tropical flare that will put you in a festive mood, alcohol or no.

Exotic Aloe Cooler

For a tonic with tropical touch that’s also great for hydrating your skin, boosting your antioxidants and soothing your tummy.

• 2 cups fresh chopped pineapple
• 1 cup mango chunks
• 1 green apple
• 4 tbsp aloe vera juice
• 2 tbsp coconut milk (optional)

Blend them all up in a blender, chill and serve. A little tropical umbrella or two wouldn’t go amiss.

Nariyal Pani

This is a traditional Indian favourite made with coconut water, that amazing healthy tropical drink for hot lazy days. It’s recently been pepped up and enjoyed by the likes of Madonna and Claudia Schiffer.

• 120 mls coconut water
• One bunch fresh sage
• ½ teaspoon saffron threads
• 15ml raw honey
• Two pieces thinly sliced lemon
• ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Cinnamon sticks
• 60ml apple juice

How to:

• Pour the coconut water over the sage, saffron, honey, lemon and cinnamon stick and pepper
• Leave to infuse for about 15 minutes
• Add apple juice and put in the fridge to cool for another 10 minutes
• Serve poured over crushed ice
• Garnish with coconut flakes and a cinnamon stick

Summer Beauty Mocktail

Strawberries are a great anti-aging beauty food full of antioxidants and Coconut water is the perfect refreshment for hot days, replenishing electrolytes and hydrating you with its delicate tropical nectar.

• 250ml coconut water
• 250 ml strawberries hulled removed and sliced
• 3 Tbsp agave nectar
• 1 shot of white rum (optional, if you are being a little naughty)

How to:

• Place the coconut water, strawberries & agave nectar in a blender and blend!
• Serve with lots of crushed ice

Frozen Margherita Mocktail

An old favourite you can enjoy with added health benefits, minus the hangover!

• 1 cup kombucha
• 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
• 1/4 cup lime juice
• 1 cup ice
• 1 cup coconut water
• Lime slices to garnish

How to:

• Blend all the ingredients until you have an icy crush
• Pour into two glasses
• Garnish with a lime & enjoy

Mint Kombucha Fizz

Cool, refreshing, minty and great for boosting energy and a healthy tummy.

• Handful of fresh mint
• 1/2 a small cucumber, sliced
• 1/2 a lime
• 1 cup kombucha
• 1 cup coconut water

How to:

• Divide mint and lime between two glasses, mixing them together and bruising to combine and release their flavours
• Add 1/2 cup of kombucha to each glass
• top with coconut water and sliced cucumber


Bottoms up and here’s drinking to your health, for real!


(Kombucha recipes adapted from https://foodmatters.tv/content/easy-kombucha-mocktails-you-need-to-try)