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Having a Dry July has great health benefits. We've brought together a collection of articles that could help you with your Dry July.

Easy Guava Mocktails With Lemon

By The Mindful Mocktail on

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 3 tbsp guava nectar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • 1 cup of your favourite sparking kombucha

Method

  1. Place guava nectar and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker or mason jar. 
  2. Clap the mint together in your hands and add to the mixture. Press gently a couple of times with a muddler.
  3. Add some ice and shake ingredients together until combined. 
  4. Fill a glass with ice and pour guava mixture in. 
  5. Top with kombucha. 


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Orange Ginger Mocktail

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Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ginger ale 

Method

  1. Clap the mint in your hands to release the scent, then place in a cocktail shaker. 
  2. Add orange juice, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to the shaker.
  3. Add a few ice cubes to the shaker and shake until combined. 
  4. Pour into an ice-filled glass and top with ginger ale.
  5. Garnish with orange slices and mint. 


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Strawberry Mojito Mocktail

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Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 3 strawberries, sliced
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1 cup soda water
  • Extra mint and strawberries to serve 

Method

  1. Muddle strawberries and sugar/sweetener in a glass to release the juices. Try to get the strawberry pieces small enough to fit through a straw. You can use a blender for this step if preferred. 
  2. Add the lime juice and stir to combine. 
  3. Clap the mint together in your hands to release the scent (you'll know it's worked when your hands smell minty!). 
  4. Fill your glass with ice and add soda water. 
  5. Garnish with extra mint and strawberry slices. 


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Tips on cutting down after Dry July

By Dry July Foundation on

Carry on your good work from July through to August and beyond. Here are some practical tips if you want to try to cut down on the amount of alcohol you’re drinking:

  • Before you start drinking, quench your thirst with a non-alcoholic drink
  • Drink slowly – have a drink of water with your alcoholic drink
  • Make every second drink non-alcoholic – this will help space out your drinks.
  • Eat food when you’re drinking, but avoid salty foods – these make you thirstier.
  • Try to dilute your alcoholic drinks – for example, a shandy (beer with lemonade) or a wine spritzer (wine with mineral water).
  • Designate at least two alcohol-free days a week
  • Know your standard drinks – buy an alcohol measure for at home

  • One standard drink equals:
  • 285 ml of beer (one...
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Pomegranate Fizz

By The Mindful Mocktail on

Ingredients

  • 60 mls pomegranate juice
  • Half a lime cut in wedges
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • 250 mls diet ginger ale

Method

  1. Place lime wedges and pomegranate juice in a tall glass. Muddle until all the juice has been pressed out of the lime. If you don’t have a muddler, use the back end of a wooden spoon or similar.
  2. Clap mint leaves together in your hands a few times to release the scent and add to the glass. Give the mint a gentle press a couple of times with the muddler.
  3. Add plenty of ice to the glass and top with ginger ale. Stir well.
  4. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, mint and lime.


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How To Get A Good Night Sleep

By Melissa Ingram on

Every single one of us needs to simply stop and recharge – regularly! Most of us have experienced times where stress is high, deadlines are tight and yet we still seem to be able to move mountains. On the flip side, I can guarantee that all of us have also experienced periods of the same pressure yet feel we are not firing on all cylinders – resulting in lower quality of work being produced or it taking longer to complete.

Allow your body enough time each night to recharge. Start with attempting to get 7 – 8 hours of quality sleep every night. We are all different with regards to the amount of sleep we require to operate optimally, however the average 7 – 8 hours is a great place to start. While we sleep we unplug from our lives and...

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What Happens To Your Body When You Give Up Alcohol For One Month

By Chloe Mcleod on

We all love to indulge in alcohol every now and then, but a night out with friends brings social pressures in regards to frequent drinking. It can feel impossible to dodge having a drink when you want to be part of the group vibe - and before you know it, you’re waking up with a dry mouth and a nasty hangover again.

Dry July is a great way to reassess your relationship with alcohol consumption and see the health benefits of taking a month off. If you’re signing up to raise money, you’ll also be helping people with cancer.

Here are a few ways the human body can benefit from abstaining from alcohol for a whole month.

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Watermelon, Strawberry & Lime Mocktail

By The Mindful Mocktail on

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 cups watermelon
  • 8 strawberries
  • 1/2 cup lime juice

Method

  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until combined.
  2. Pour into an ice filled glass and garnish.

Tip: Add some mint for extra kick! 

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Raspberry Lime & Mint Mocktail

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Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 8 raspberries
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 8-10 mint leaves
  • 1 tsp sweetener of choice (opt)
  • Sparkling water


Method

  1. Place raspberries, lime, mint and sweetener (if using) into a glass.
  2. Muddle together for about 1 minute to release the juice from the lime and raspberries, and the flavour from the mint. If you don’t have a muddler, use the back of a wooden spoon or similar.
  3. Top with sparkling water and stir gently.
  4. Add ice and garnish.

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