Valentine’s Day is a time for love and joy with those closest to you. While wine and champagne are typical gifts for the occasion, it doesn’t have to be this way. The Drinkaware team have put together an alcohol-free list of activities and gifts for you to choose from. Whether you’re showing love for your partner, friends, or family, Drinkaware has alternatives to wine for heart-warming gifts and celebrations.
Visit the Virgin Mary Bar
The Virgin Mary Bar is a bar in Dublin with a twist; it doesn’t serve alcohol. With delicious alcohol-free alternatives, from larger to cocktails, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy your favourite tastes with your loved ones. Creating an alcohol-free day of festivities doesn’t have to be complicated, or too different from what you’re used to!
If you can’t visit, you can make your own ‘Cosmic Love’ at home:
30ml Aprtf (bittersweet aperitif)
30ml Lyre’s Orange Sec
1 bottle of Lixir Elderflower & Lemon Tonic
Dehydrated fruit and dried hibiscus for garnish
Method: Add the Aperitif and Lyres to a shaker with ice and stir. Strain into a coup glass and top with chilled tonic. Add some berries of your choice to garnish!
Aprtf and Lixir Tonics are available to buy via www.thevirginmarybar.com or from TVM on Capel Street and Lyre’s Triple Sec can be found in Supervalu.
Bake Festive Treats
Did you know that alcohol contains empty calories? These are calories with no benefit for you. By cutting out alcohol this Valentine’s Day, you can make more room for tasty treats. You can use our Drinks Calculator to see if you have been drinking your calories.
Now that you have room for something sweet, why not check out our favourite recipes?
Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romantic partners. Why not do something with the kids in your life? Get out the paints and glue stick and make memories you’ll keep forever. Children are the best teachers to show you how to have fun without alcohol.
Your loving creations can include:
Ireland has beautiful scenic routes all across the country. You are already looking after your health by cutting out alcohol for Valentine’s Day, why not take it a step further and go for a hike with your loved ones? By drinking less and exercising more, you will boost your mood and have a happier healthier Valentines day.
Whether you’re spending the day with your partner, friends, family, or even practising some self-love, all of us at Drinkaware wish you a healthy and happy Valentine’s Day.