New Year’s Eve is marked by alcohol and parties, but if you do not drink because of preference or being the designated driver, you might feel left out. With these tips and recipes, you can host your own alcohol free New Year’s Eve party which will be the envy of your friends who drink. An alcohol free celebration will prevent the tragedy of a fatal drinking and driving accident later that night.
There are both good and bad times for the United States economy, and while the economy is good, people will not think twice about spending a lot for a bottle of good alcohol, but when things become tight, people are looking for ways to cut back their spending. Alcohol is even higher priced than meat and it has no nutritional value. Cutting out your purchases of alcohol can help you to save money which you can spend on other parts of your New Year’s Eve party or just to put in the bank.
Another form of saving by not drinking can come in the form of saved calories. Virgin cocktails have fewer calories because alcohol has 7 calories per gram, while carbohydrates and protein have 4 calories per gram and fats have 9. If you choose to not add alcohol to your holiday drinks, you can get an early start on your New Year’s resolution to lose weight.
Below are some recipes for holiday cheer without the alcohol. You and your guests will be able to drink to your hearts’ delight without worrying about taking away anyone’s keys. By making your New Year’s Eve party free of alcohol you can save money, calories, and perhaps a life.
Simple Punch – This makes a frothy, sweet punch that can be color coordinated to your celebration based upon your choice of sherbert flavor.
1 quart of sherbert (any flavor)
1 2 liter bottle of ginger ale (diet can be used)
Pour ginger ale into a punch bowl. Add scoops of sherbert, and serve immediately with spoons. Makes 8 servings.
Virgin Bloody Mary – This is a popular cocktail which is low in calories and has the added bonus of a serving of vegetables.
1 6 oz. can of V8 Hot and Spicy (plain or low sodium could also be used for those with delicate palettes)
3 to 4 dashes of Worchester sauce
Pour the V8 into a glass over ice and add worchester sauce. Squeeze the lemon over the mix. Stir and serve with the celery stalk.
It can be easy to have a successful New Year’s Eve party even without the alcohol. You will have peace of mind knowing that your friends and family will not be at risk for driving while intoxicated when they leave your house.