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    Make These 4 Low-Calorie Cocktails If You’re Watching Your Weight

    Mention the word ‘cocktails’ and you’re instantly transported to a happy place, probably along the coast with good company while someone plays guitar and sings to you at sunset. What. A. Dream. Even better? The addition of low-calorie cocktails into this already delish dream world…

    No matter if you’re counting calories, watching your weight or just want to drink more mindfully, we’ve got you covered with some seriously yummy drinks. We turned to award-winning mixologist Roxanne Read and spoke to her about her favourite low-calorie cocktails. Ready, steady… Treat yo’self.

    READ MORE: The 27 Best Wines For Any Occasion You Can Imagine

    4 Low-Calorie Cocktails You Really Need To Try Like… Now

    Zesty Aperol Spritz

    Roxanne Read

    Approximate calorie count: A serving of Aperol Spritz only amounts to 125 calories. Nice.Aperol aperitif is made from herbs such as gentian, rhubarb and cinchona, which are rich in antioxidants. Bonus: This cocktail is also garnished and infused with vitamin C-rich oranges.

    Prep Time 2 mins

    Course DrinksCuisine Healthy, Italian

    Servings 1 personCalories 125 kcal

    50ml Cinzano Pro-Spritz50ml AperolSoda Water
    Pour 50ml Cinzano Pro-Spritz into an ice-filled glass.Add Aperol in equal measure and top off with a splash of soda.Finishing touches: 50/50 splash and garnish with a slice of orange.

    Keyword cocktail, healthy

    Watermelon Sparkling Spritz

    Roxanne Read

    Approximate calorie count: 110 caloriesThe secret to this drink is to get the natural sugars out of the watermelon juice, says Roxanne. The riper, the better. “Watermelon juice is rich in nutrients and is a perfect option for fasting, cleansing and dieting and contains a great dose of electrolytes per serving,” she says. Champagne is a low-calorie beverage, due to its production process where most of the natural sugars are removed and no additional flavouring is added.

    Prep Time 5 mins

    Course DrinksCuisine Healthy

    Servings 1 personCalories 110 kcal

    20 ml Vodka (the more distilled the vodka, the less impurities)60 ml Fresh-pressed watermelon juice80 ml Sparkling brut wine (opt for a light sparkling wine to reduce the calorie count even further)
    Pick an almost over-ripe watermelon, then cut it into chunks to fill one cup.Put into a blender and add about a 1/2 cup of water. Flash blend the mixture, and strain out the pulp and the pips.Next, take your Champagne glass out of the fridge and add the vodka and watermelon juice together.Top up with Champagne.

    Keyword cocktail, healthy

    READ MORE: These Three Drinks Will Make Bloating A Thing Of The Past

    Blueberry Mojito

    Roxanne Read

    Approximate calorie count: 130 caloriesLimes are good for weight loss because of the citric acid — a metabolism booster. “Mint is a huge flavour contributor with less than a calorie in a 100g serving, so the more the merrier,” says Roxanne. Blueberries are key to making this drink! “Berries are great for regulating the fat-burning gene, as well as lowering high blood pressure,” says Roxanne.

    Prep Time 3 mins

    Course DrinksCuisine Healthy

    Servings 1 PersonCalories 130 kcal

    6-8 Lime wedges8 Mint leaves25 ml White rum1/4 cup BlueberriesSoda water
    Lightly muddle the lime wedges into the glass you’re going to serve the drink in.Clap the mint leafs in your hands to release the flavour. Drop them in the glass and muddle again.Add the rum and blueberries and fill the glass 3/4 of the way with crushed ice.Using a long-handled spoon or bar spoon, stir the mixture until your glass is almost filled with dilution from the crushed ice.Top with soda water if needed.Garnish with a mint sprig and a couple of blueberries sprinkled on top.

    Keyword cocktail, healthy

    READ MORE: You Need To Try These 13 Simple Mocktails ASAP

    Vodka Fizz

    Roxanne Read

    Approximate calorie count: 98-100 calories”My preferred fruit combination is kiwi slices, fresh strawberries and grapefruit slices. Any fruits will work on this, but it’s best to try have at least one citrus fruit. Citrus is great for your body and for bringing out the flavours in the vodka,” says Roxanne.

    Course DrinksCuisine Healthy

    Servings 1 PersonCalories 100 kcal

    40 ml Premium vodka1/4 can Flavoured tonic water1/2 can Soda waterAssortment of freshly cut fruit8 Basil leaves
    First half fill the glass with ice cubes, then add the vodka.You can use any fruit you have in the fridge. Slice up about four pieces of three different kinds of fruit.Clap the basil leaves in your hand to release the flavour and drop into the glass.Add a splash of tonic, just for flavour depth, and top with the soda water.If you want to get really fancy, add a crack of black pepper.

    Keyword cocktail, healthy

    3 Pantry Staples To Keep On Hand

    Low-calorie cocktails never have to be bland. These pantry staples will upgrade any old boring spirit and mixer combo. Thank us later!

    A great source of vitamin C. You’ll get blackcurrants, blueberries, strawberries, goji berries and cranberries. Yum!

    No sugar, no gluten, no calories and no carbs. These drops also have no artificial sweeteners. Great for your bag. We love it!

    Pomegranates have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. They’re also good for blood pressure levels and heart health.

    Want more? You can Follow Roxanne Read’s work over on Instagram.

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    “I Drank Kombucha Every Day For 10 Days — It Was Amazing”

    When I first told the Women’s Health team I wanted to drink kombucha every day, half said “yum” and the other half said “yuck”. It’s just one of those things – you either love it or you hate it. But its health benefits proceed it. So with my fridge stocked, the challenge began. This was going to be good…

    Hold Up, What Is Kombucha?

    For those poor souls who haven’t yet heard about kombucha and its magical powers, here’s the low-down. The exact origin of this mystical drink is not known, although it’s been narrowed down to Asia (naturally). It’s been around for about 2000 years – but the hipsters made it famous.

    Kombucha is basically fermented black or green tea. Add sugar to kick-start fermentation, then a SCOBY or “tea fungus” to complete the process. It’s best to get one of these white mushroomy masses from a supplier (hipster dealers) as culturing one by yourself can be dangerous.

    A SCOBY is a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast that feeds on the sugar content in the tea. This whole process takes about two weeks and you’ll end up with a fizzy, tangy beverage. As a by-product of fermentation, kombucha does contain traces of alcohol – like, 0.5 per cent, so nothing to write home about. It’s also slightly caffeinated. The process might sound funky, but trust me, the drink is good.

    But Why Would You Drink It?

    I know, I know, a mushroom fizzy drink doesn’t exactly sound appetising, but give it a try. Here are just some health benefits…

    First off, kombucha is rich in probiotics, which help to create a balance in your gut. They can help with digestion, bloating and a whole range of ghastly gut-related issues. Even weight loss! Kombucha also contains antioxidants, which fight free radicals in the body. Basically, they prevent or delay cell damage. And among these antioxidants are vitamins B1, B6 and B12 to improve your immune system. Cheerio winter cold!

    But beware: there is that “too much of a good thing” problem. Too much kombucha can lead to your gut being a little more active than you’d like. So try to stick to one bottle a day. That’s what I did and here is my experience…

    My Experience With The ‘Tea Of Life’

    Like I said, my fridge was packed with all the kombucha I’d need for this “experiment”. Ready for that detox and healthy gut, I packed my first bottle for work the next day. I gym first thing in the mornings, then it’s off to the office for brekkie and my usual coffee. But for these 10 days, kombucha came first. What? Cally replaced coffee with kombucha!? Yes, miracles do happen, and let me tell you, if you want to give up coffee, this is an excellent way to start. The rumours are true. The natural energy lift the man-bun movement claims to experience is real. What a great way to start the day: sipping kombucha while checking the morning mail.

    Then the next miracle happened. My period. No, that’s not the miracle – the lack of period pain was, though. I was impressed, to say the least. In fact, looking back, my stomach was very well-behaved the whole time – even after some late-night binging on nachos (my go-to snack). So the sceptic (me) is convinced of another health benefit. Perhaps this really is the tea of life.

    The 10 days flew by and on the 11th it was with tears in my eyes that I opened my trusty lunchbox to find it kombucha-less. I’m back on coffee with breakfast and back to my usual self. In all honesty, I can’t admit to finding my skin more glowy or sudden moments of enlightened being. But, truthfully, I do plan to include a whole lot more kombucha in my life. And my body will thank me for it.

    Our top kombuchas to try:

    Fermented Rooibos Tea

    Naturally sweetened, this kombucha delivers a tangy taste.

    Happy Culture Ginger & Lemon Kombucha

    Zingy lemon and ginger complement the natural sharpness of ‘booch.

    CultureLab Lemongrass Kombucha

    Green tea and lemongrass go together swimmingly in this zesty drink.

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    8 Benefits Of Gherkin Juice That Will Make You Want To Drink Some ASAP

    Everyone loves a good gherkin (my deepest condolences to the wayward taste buds out there that can’t appreciate them).

    However, since gherkins are the stars of the jar, too often the juice — you know the stuff responsible for turning your everyday cucumber into crunchy, sour goodness — gets tossed out and forgotten. But not today. Today, gherkin juice will get the credit it so rightfully deserves.

    After all, the simple liquid packs tons of benefits that nutritionists say you need to take advantage of as soon as the last gherkin is gone. So yes, consider this your excuse to buy another jar of gherkins, stat. You’re welcome.

    1. It’s a next-level source of hydration.

    “Gherkin juice contains [sodium], potassium, and water, which are all important for hydration,” says Alyssa Lavy, a registered dietician. And while water usually does the trick, if you need replenishment after a super hard workout or long day in the sun, electrolytes (a blanket term for good-for-you minerals, including sodium and potassium) can help. And that’s where gherkin juice’s all-in-one status comes in clutch.

    Lavy says approximately 45 to 90ml of gherkin juice per day should suffice—whether you’re drinking the stuff straight or diluting it with water to tone down the flavour.

    That said, gherkin juice doesn’t skimp on the sodium—90 ml (or six tablespoons) has 690 mg. “So, you may want to limit your intake if you’re watching sodium in your diet or already eating a high-sodium diet.” (FYI, the FDA recommends consuming 2,300 milligrams a day.)

    Here’s the rest of the gherkin juice’s nutrient lineup, in a 90 ml serving, according to the USDA:

    Calories: 15

    Protein: 0 g

    Fat: 0 g

    Carbohydrates: 3 g

    Sodium: 690 mg

    READ MORE: 8 Foods With High Water Content, For Maximum Hydration

    Water is typically all you’ll need before and during a workout, but if you’re really going hard (like, athlete-level), you’ll need a few more of those aforementioned electrolytes. And gherkin juice is THE recovery fluid for replenishing the electrolytes lost during a major sweat session. Plus, it can even help with post-workout muscle cramping.

    3. It’s loaded with probiotics.

    Gherkin juice is here to work magic on your gut. Okay, well not magic necessarily, but since gherkins are fermented, Lavy says, they’re packing tons of probiotics.

    That said, Lavy recommends keeping an eye on the labels of store-bought jars. Some “commercially-produced gherkins are not likely to contain probiotics, due to processing.” That’s because, in order to extend their shelf-life, they’re manufactured using vinegar and heat, which typically destroys the gut-loving active cultures. So, keep an eye out for vinegar on the ingredients list, it might clue you in on whether those particular gherkins are packing probiotics.

    Or, if you’re really dedicated, you could just pickle your cucumbers right at home. (Just be sure to go for a classic pickling recipe that involves salt, water, and cucumbers—no vinegar.)

    4. It will satisfy your salt craving.

    If you find yourself reaching for a bag of chips or pretzels when that 3 p.m. hunger pang hits, Monica Auslander Moreno, founder of Essence Nutrition, says gherkin juice might just be the nutrient-dense (and tasty) alternative you’re looking for. After all, it tastes just like the gherkins that were once inside the jar.

    READ MORE: Salt-Free Ways to Flavour Your Food

    5. It helps regulate blood sugar levels.

    While gherkin juice made with vinegar may not have probiotic benefits, it does come with its own perks. “ Gherkin juice may help regulate blood sugar levels,” says Kelli McGrane, a registered dietician for Lose It!. “Studies have shown that when consumed prior to a meal, individuals with type 2 diabetes had reduced blood sugar spikes.” And though the vinegar in gherkin juice is largely responsible for improving the body’s response to insulin, I probably don’t need to convince you a shot of vinegar tastes a lot better when it’s masked by the sweet and sour flavours of a gherkin.

    6. It’s a source of vitamins and antioxidants.

    Gherkin juice is a particularly good source of vitamins A and E. It also contains a trace amount of antioxidants, which help protect your body and its cells from harmful molecules. While other foods have higher concentrations of antioxidants (gherkin juice shouldn’t be your go-to source), if you’re already drinking the stuff, know you’re reaping these benefits, too.

    7. You can use it to pickle more veggies.

    If you’re not planning on tossing a straw into your gherkin jar, Moreno suggests using the brine to pickle other vegetables such as carrots, peppers, and beets.

    READ MORE: Um, People On TikTok Are Eating The Peels Of Fruit & Veggies – And They’re So Good

    8. It’s cost-effective.

    Since gherkin juice comes with the gherkins you were planning to eat anyway, this probiotic-packed sports drink is super cost-effective. Not to mention, it helps do your part to eliminate food waste (one of the underrated benefits of gherkin juice). Win, win.

    *Words: Aryelle Siclait

    *This article was originally published on Women’s Health US  More

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    The 27 Best Wines For Any Occasion You Can Imagine

    From fizzy celebratory toasts to flavoursome meal pairings, it’s only right that we honour the accompaniment to so many of our cherished rituals. After rigorous testing (tough job), WH editors and wine experts bring you the best wines of 2023.

    The Best Wines Of 2023 For Summer Feels

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    Best White

    La Vierge Jezebelle Chardonnay

    Funky and fresh, it’ll trick your friends into thinking you hand-selected it after acing the vino course at Le Cordon Bleu. Hell, it might even convert ‘I-don’t-like-white-wine’-ers.

    Prettiest Bottle

    Gerard Bertrand Cote des Roses

    Not since college have booze bottles doubled as décor – until this. Wine today, vase tomorrow, it’s the ideal hostess gift or centrepiece for a gathering with friends and family.

    Best Rosé

    Hidden Valley Wines Hidden Treasure

    Doesn’t matter who you are or what season it is, this never-not-cool bottle, containing hints of delicious candy floss, is a damn classic.

    Best Bubbles

    Lubanzi Rosé Bubbles NV

    A highly gluggable cherry berry explosion that pairs well with that raise you busted your ass for. Chug away, you superstar.

    Best Orange

    Intellego Elementis

    Yes, the goddess Chenin Blanc comes in this sexy hue. You: in a cozzie, new sunnies, and sipping a glass of this till further notice.

    Best Canapé Pairing

    FAT bastard The Golden Reserve

    Summer red? Sure! This cabernet sauvignon / merlot blend has flavours of dark berry fruit and plum that pair well with canapés.

    Best For Christmas Leftovers

    Botanica Mary Delany Pinot Noir

    This cherry and strawberry Pinot is the yin to your salty leftover turkey and stuffing yang. Because opposites do, in fact, attract. A hot take, and you’ll probs agree.

    Best For Summer Braais

    Leopard’s Leap Pinotage

    Mostly due to its super-delish hints of pomegranate and raspberry sherbet. Sipped from a Solo cup, it’s summer sun in a glass.

    Best For New Year’s Eve

    Villa Esposto Muscat D’Alexandrie

    This is quite literally liquid dessert and guaranteed to help you end the year (or any night) on a good note. Expect honey, fruity dessert wine goodness.

    READ MORE: Mindful Drinking: How More And More People Are Becoming ‘Sober Curious’

    The Best Wines Of 2023 For General Excellence

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    Best Red

    Paul Cluver Village Pinot Noir

    When you need a solid hug substitute, this goes-with-everything Pinot Noir tastes like ripe plums, roasted spices and calling your mom.

    Best Low-ABV

    Spier 5.5% Chenin Blanc

    Oh hey, it’s the answer to having super fun times and still waking up before noon. It tastes like tropical fruit, sunshine, and festivity sans hangover, of course.

    Best Organic

    Reyneke Organic Sauvignon Blanc

    When that one friend who shops only at Wellness Warehouse swings by, pour them this. It’s a Sauvy B babe that’s just complex enough to leave you intrigued.

    Best Canned

    Buffelsfontein Wyntjie Steen 2022

    This fruity sip that looks like the Tin Man but tastes sweet like Dorothy won’t spill in your backpack. It’s perfect for picnics or B.Y.O.B braais with friends and family.

    Best Boxed

    Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc

    Pour a glass before a date, another on pasta night and a couple more when you want to escape to a beachside villa without leaving your couch. This is a classic for a reason.

    Best Under R65

    Alvi’s Drift Signature Chenin Blanc

    Alvi’s Drift is that friend you know you can call up anytime and they’ll be there to make the day that much sweeter – always reliable, always incredible, never disappointing.

    Best Under R130

    Babylon’s Peak The Wedge Wines Grenache 2018

    She’s low budget, but honestly, her blackberry and mocha notes demand a Lake Como boat ride and diamonds.

    Best Find It Anywhere

    Haute Cabrière Pierre Jourdan Tranquille

    Whether you’re on a grocery run or being snobby in a local wine shop, you can always grab this vibrant classic.

    Best Vegan

    Van Loveren Four Cousins Skinny Red Wine Box

    What, your vegan wine doesn’t come in a bag-in-a-box? It’s time to become a papsak princess. Extra points for lower alc and kJs.

    READ MORE: 13 Simple Mocktails To Make This Year

    The Best Wines Of 2023 For Situational Drinks

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    Best For Roomie Skinder Sessions

    Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé 2022

    Nothing beats popping a beautiful bottle with your girls. And because shit-talking requires much fizzy, pinot-based fuel, this is an ideal third wheel for laughter-filled catch-ups.

    Best For Getting In Your Feels

    Hillcrest Estate Malbec

    Christmas spices and dense dark berries will leave you wistful for holidays past. Best paired with a bubble bath followed by your fave comfort romcom.

    Best For That Time Of The Month

    Hartenberg Merlot Malbec

    Science says red wine actually helps alleviate cramps. So pour yourself a glass, grab that hot water bottle and cheers the scientists who figured that one out.

    Best For Girls’ Night

    Da Luca Prosecco DOC

    It’s high time to retire the “white or red?” table debate. They’re both flat. Grab this affordable bubbly instead and celebrate the women and mashed potatoes before ye.

    Best For Office Parties

    De Grendel Merlot

    Small talk with your colleagues on a Thursday night? Enter this Merlot that’s still not as heavy as that awks convo with Sally from accounts you’ll never forget.

    Best For Series Binges

    Piekenierskloof Cinsault

    The easy-drinking sipper you need while knee-deep in the drama of The Wife or Blood & Water. Enjoy with your fave salty snack (we like this local recipe).

    Best For Sunday Scaries

    Constantia Uitsig Natura Vista 2019

    This full-bodied white blend is school night safe and has flavours of sweet melon and soft lime. Basically, it’s like doing yoga but yummier.

    Best For A Veggie Braai With Family

    Aaldering Estate Pinotage 2020

    The raspberry, cherry and earthy flavours will pair perfectly with the smoky char of whatever delish veggie treat you’re braaing. No ribs or chops necessary.

    Best For A Celebratory Splurge

    Ken Forrester Dirty Little Secret Three

    Want to splurge for a momentous occasion? The cellar exclusive wine will age beautifully for at least 10 years. This natural beauty makes a great wedding gift.

    Kelleigh Korevaar

    Kelleigh is the Managing Editor of Women’s Health. When she’s not convincing her colleagues to try the latest TikTok trends, you can find her planning a holiday that never leaves the group chat, binge-reading or eating her way through Cape Town. More

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    How To Brew Coffee At Home: Plus, The Coffee Makers You Need RN!

    Can you imagine starting the day without a cup of coffee? Neither can we. As we deal with meetings (IRL or zoom), load shedding, water shedding, petrol prices, exercising, self-love, just general worries – the lure and comfort of a warm mug has reached essential status. Locally, sales skyrocketed with more and more consumers wanting to zhoosh up their at-home coffee experiences. You know what type of coffee you like to order (hey, it’s personal!), but to help you make one better than your local kwoffee shop we got perk-up pointers ahead of the most popular coffee brews.

    1. Filter Coffee

    Ratio is key when making classic drip. Lusayo Mpande, senior barista at Sharon’s Café in trendy Woodstock, Cape Town, helps you master any mug . What this means: Add 7.5g coffee and heat around 125ml water per cup. Heat to 86°C-90°C. Pour 60-80ml water evenly over your coffee. Wait 30 secs for the coffee to inflate. Pour the rest of the water using the same circular motion. Total infusion time should not exceed 4 mins.

    2. French Press

    Lusayo Mpande  says add 7-8g coffee to the pot. Pour 200ml hot water (the water temp should be juuust below boiling to extract the best flavour). Wait 3-4 minutes before plunging slowly. Overachiever? Use a timer. Add ground beans to the bottom of the press, then hot water. Stir at 30 sec, 1 min 30 sec, and 2 min 30 sec. Reattach lid after each swirl. At 3 min 30 sec, plunge and serve. Perfection. 

    3. Instant Coffee

    Coffee companies are upgrading this once – bland buys you can sip on the go – or really, whenever you need a fix. But how do you make a good instant cup? To begin with, we suggest pre-heating your cup with boiling water to ensure your coffee stays warmer for longer. For the perfect flavour: a ratio of 2g (roughly one heaped teaspoon) of instant coffee granules for every 200ml of hot water.  How hot should the water be? Like French pressing, water needs to be at not boiling temperature to ensure it doesn’t burn the granules. Try boiling the kettle and waiting a minute for it to cool, or you can cut the boil short by turning the kettle off just before it starts bubbling.

    READ MORE: How Much Coffee Is Too Much Coffee? Here’s What Experts And Studies Say


    There are so many on the market right now. And whether you’re looking for coffee at the touch of a button or want to try something barista-like, we’ve pinpointed our faves right now and how they work.


    This coffee maker allows you to make a fresh brew automatically. We mean that you can pre-programme your machine so that you can wake up to a fresh brew in the morning. Score!


    Brews 12 cups of hot coffee in 10 minutes

    You can program it to automatically brew coffee at a later time within a 24-hour period.

    BPA-free materials and dishwasher-safe parts


    We are all about pretty things.. and this maker is just giving that. Looks aside, this innovative, fuss-free filter coffee maker is simple to use and gives you control over your cup of coffee. All you need is filter coffee grounds, hot water, four minutes and a little Bodum magic.


    Comes with a permanent filter – which means saving money on those filters.

    The glass is made from non-porous material that doesn’t absorb taste or aroma

    Our inner lazy-girl love that it is easy to use and easy to clean


    Like all Bodum French press coffee makers, the Chambord is made with hardened borosilicate glass which is dishwasher safe.  Plus it can keep your coffee warmer for longer.


    It’s dishwasher safe – score!

    Available in four different sizes

    Has a chrome-plated steel frame and lid – fancy!


    Okay, okay, this one is a bit pricey. But hear us out. Citiz coffee machine is designed to appeal to both Nespresso lovers and fans of modern design. It’s a fusion of the latest technology and retro-modern design.


    This coffee maker has an aeroccino, which helps you create milk-based coffee recipes at the touch of a button

    It’s compact and aesthetic AF

    Comes with an assortment of 14 Nespresso capsules

    READ MORE: Cold Brew Vs Iced Coffee: What’s The Difference?


    This pot is for coffee drinkers who like strong coffee that’s quick and easy to make. These particular pots are handmade in Greece. The body features a traditional copper, hammered finish with an engraved design for extra traditional flare; the handle is made of brass.


    You can make it extra tasty by adding spices during brewing

    We love how this is an all-rounder… it can heat other liquids

    You can store this baby easily 


    This is a stovetop coffee maker that produces a dark brew that’s comparable to espresso. You can use freshly ground beans which are steamed via the built-in chimney system to deliver the perfect pot.


    No need for an oven mitt – it has cool touch handles

    With this guy, your cuppa brews relatively quickly

    It’s a dream when you don’t have to buy filters – this maker doesn’t require any

    Cold Brew Coffee Maker

    You only need to pour coffee granules and ice cubes, leaving the rest of the time. This machine has an adjustable dripper that enables accurate control of the speed of ice water drops so you can control the time and the flavour according to your preference.


    Zero expertise to make your own cold coffee.

    Stainless steel strainer is easy to clean

    Has an adjustable knob to help with water flow More

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    These 13 Simple Mocktails Are So Good, You’ll Make Them Long After Dry January

    Like it or not, alcohol is a major part of our daily lives. People enjoy wine with dinner, grab drinks with friends or co-workers after a long week, and raise glasses of Champagne to toast newlyweds. And while consumption in moderation (especially of wine) can offer a few benefits (it has antioxidants), too much alcohol can seriously put a wrench in your healthy-living goals. Enter mocktail recipes.

    For those of us looking to drink less booze, the non-alcoholic drink options out there aren’t exactly exciting. And they don’t quite serve the same purpose that many alcoholic drinks can when it comes to elevating your food. After all, nothing quite goes with steak quite like red wine, or pretzels with beer.

    That’s why we found 13 amazing non-alcoholic mocktail recipes that will work with your own cooking. These mocktail recipes are easy to make, delicious, and aren’t just juice.

    READ MORE: What Is Dry January — And What Are The Health Benefits? Experts Weigh In

    1. Lemongrass Iced Tea

    Cals 24 | Fat 0G | Carbs 6G | Protein 0G | Serves 6


    3 Lemongrass stalks

    6 Green teabags

    2 Tbsp Honey


    6 Sprigs of mint, plus extra, to serve


    Halve the lemongrass stalks lengthwise, then smash with the back of a knife (careful, now).

    Pop them in a pan, add 1.4l water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 mins.

    Take off the heat, add the tea bags and honey, and allow to brew for 5 mins.

    Strain into a jug and stir in 470ml of cold water. Serve over ice with mint. Zing.

    2. Rosemarie Pear Spritzer

    This pear variety is native to SA. Yay!

    Cals 169 | Fat 0G | Carbs 41G | Protein 0G | Serves 2


    65g Sugar

    1 Vanilla pod

    5 Cardamom pods

    2 Ripe Rosemarie pears

    6 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar


    Sparkling water


    In a saucepan, bring the sugar, vanilla, cardamom and 125ml of water to a boil.

    Cut a few pear slices for garnish and roughly chop the rest; add to the pot.

    Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 mins, then let it stand for 30 mins.

    Strain, then stir in the apple cider vinegar. Pop in the fridge to cool.

    Line 2 glasses with the pear slices, add ice and divvy up the mixture. Top with sparkling water.

    3. Cherry Crush

    Cals 119 | Fat 0G | Carbs 30G | Protein 1G | Serves 6


    50g Sugar

    4 Cloves

    1 Star anise

    3cm Piece of ginger, sliced

    1l Cherry juice

    Crushed ice, to serve


    Pour 125ml water and the sugar into a saucepan.

    Stir in the cloves, star anise and the ginger, bringing gently to a boil.

    Reduce the heat and simmer (refrain from stirring) until the sugar dissolves – it should take about 3 to 4 mins.

    Once cool, strain the syrup into a jug and stir in the cherry juice. Fill your glasses with crushed ice and pour in your cocktail. Berry nice.

    4. Tangerine Sour

    Cals 74 | Fat 0.5G | Carbs 16G | Protein 2G | Serves 1


    125ml Naartjie juice (you’ll need about 6 naartjies) plus some peel to garnish

    1 tbsp Lemon juice

    1/2 tsp Real maple syrup

    1 tbsp Egg white

    3 Dashes orange bitters



    Pop all the ingredients except the peel in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously (see, that hen do cocktail-making class wasn’t a complete waste of time) for 1 min.

    Pour over ice and garnish with a sliver of naartjie peel. Voila.

    5. Green Mary

    Cals 75 | Fat 1G | Carbs 17G | Protein 2G | Serves 6


    225g Tomatillos, husked (Can’t find them? Use green tomatoes or unripe red tomatoes with a squeeze of lime)

    1 Cucumber, peeled and chopped

    4 Stalks celery, chopped

    50g Fresh coriander

    1 Jalapeño chilli, deseeded

    115ml Lime juice

    30g Fresh horseradish, squeezed of excess moisture

    2 Tbsp Peppadew brine

    1 tsp Green Tabasco

    ¼ tsp Salt

    ½ tsp Pepper


    Celery, to garnish

    Pepperoncini or jalapeño, to garnish

    Aleppo pepper, to garnish


    Pop the tomatillos or tomatoes, cucumber, celery, coriander, jalapeño and lime juice in a blender and whizz until smooth (about 1 min). Strain through a medium-mesh sieve into a measuring jug, pressing to extract as much juice as possible.

    Next, whisk in the horseradish, Peppadew brine, hot sauce, salt and pepper.

    Serve over ice, garnished with celery and pepperoncini or jalapeño, in a glass rimmed with Aleppo pepper for max presentation points.

    READ MORE: 10 Healthy Summer Recipes You Can Make In Under 20 Minutes

    6. Guava Margarita

    Cals 78 | Fat 0G | Carbs 20G | Protein 1G | Serves 1



    115g Guava nectar

    3 Tbsp Orange juice

    2 Tbsp Lime juice


    Lime wedge, to garnish


    Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the guava nectar and the juices and shake it like a Polaroid picture. Don’t have a cocktail shaker? Just chuck everything in a blender for a frozen version. (Don’t have a blender? Haai shame.)

    Strain into a salt-rimmed glass filled with ice. Serve with a slice of lime, as fancy as you like.

    7. Ginger Hibiscus Spritzer

    Cals 23 | Fat 0G | Carbs 6G | Protein 0G | Serves 8


    5cm Piece of ginger, sliced

    6 Tbsp Dried hibiscus flowers

    3 Tbsp Agave syrup


    Sparkling water


    Bring, the ginger, hibiscus, agave and 240ml water to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 5 mins.

    Remove from the heat and let it stand for 10 mins before straining into a jug and stirring in 480ml of cold water.

    Pour a few tablespoons into each glass and top with sparking water or PURA Soda Cranberry. It’s low in sugar, natural and colourant free.

    8. So-Cal Mule

    Sylvie Gabriele, owner of Love and Salt, in Los Angeles created this mocktail recipe that pairs best with fish. | Serves 1


    80ml sparkling lemonade

    60ml pear juice

    20ml fresh lime juice

    20ml maple syrup


    In a highball glass, combine limeade, juices, and maple syrup and stir.

    Add ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.

    9. Ginger Fizz

    This mocktail recipe created by Sylvie Gabriele pairs best with chicken. | Serves 1


    1/2 tsp grated ginger

    2 thin slices fresh mango

    60ml mango juice

    120ml ginger beer


    In a tall glass, muddle ginger and mango slices.

    Add mango juice and ginger beer and stir.

    Add ice and garnish with a slice of lime.

    10. Sparkling Tart Apple

    Another Sylvie Gabriele creation. This one pairs best with steak. | Serves 1


    150ml sparkling apple-grape juice

    1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar


    Pour juice into a wine glass and add vinegar.

    Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

    READ MORE: Try This Trendy And Delicious Vegetarian Orzo Pasta Recipe Now

    11. Lyre’s Penicillin

    A modern classic with warm, soothing flavours of honey, citrus, ginger, and Lyre’s American Malt.



    Shake briefly with ice.

    Strain over large ice cubes and serve in an old-fashioned glass.

    12. Lyre’s Amalfi Spritz

    A tall refreshing, slightly citrusy beverage is perfect for those warm summer nights.



    Add all ingredients in a glass.

    Stir and fill with fresh cubed ice.

    Serve in a large or stemless wine glass.

    13. Lyre’s Mojito

    What’s not to love about a classic mojito? Serve in a highball glass with a lime wheel and mint sprig.



    Add all ingredients into the glass.

    Fill with fresh ice cubes and stir.

    Add soda and garnish.

    Text: Jessie Van Amburg, Isobel Bridge and Trish Clasen | Photography: Chelsie Craig, Getty Images/iStockphoto | Food Styling: Rebecca Jurkevich More

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    Meet The Nutritionist & Personal Trainer Helping Women Crush Their Goals

    With fourteen years’ experience as a sports nutritionist and personal trainer, Candice De Mendonca thrives on helping others achieve their fitness goals. Here’s everything you need to know about how she crushes it every day!
    She Walked The Walk And Talked The Talk
    “I’ve run cross country for South Africa and represented Gauteng in swimming, athletics, hockey, soccer and indoor soccer. I love sports and it’s the reason I studied sports development at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), along with personal training. Thereafter I decided to also complete my Diploma in Food Science, which has made a world of difference to my expertise,” says Candice.
    She Fuelled Her Body Correctly  
    Fuelling your body doesn’t have to be all broccoli and chicken and no fun! According to De Mendonca low fat chocolate milk is a scientifically proven sports nutritional aid. YAY!
    She explains: “When I discovered First Choice’s High Protein Recovery, I felt like a child on Christmas morning. HPR is literally the best post workout recovery aid out there. It offers no digestive issues, is easily absorbed and well used by the body. It has more protein and less calories and sugar than most other products on the market. I recommend it to anyone who is active, from children to adults.” 
    “HPR is scientifically formulated to give elite and amateur athletes rapid muscle recovery following intense workouts or competition.” 
    READ MORE: Why Your Post-Workout Meal Is Just As Important As Your Workout, According to a Nutritionist and PT
    She Found What Worked For Her Body
    It really is true that every body is different so you’ve got to find what works for you. For Candice, her body struggled with protein shakes.
    “HPR changed all that. I can drink it every day and sometimes more than once a day, and reap all the benefits with no side effects. I see, feel and taste the hard work and research that have gone into it and most definitely won’t support a product I haven’t tested myself. HPR and the team behind it is one you can trust holistically. Woodlands Dairy and First Choice’s ethics and focus on sustainability, as well as the research and development that have gone into HPR, have paid off.” 
    She Shares Her Knowledge
    It’s true what they say, knowledge really is power and that’s why she shares it so that women are equipped with the knowledge to live their best lives. As sports nutritionist for HPR, De Mendonca writes a monthly blog to educate consumers, assist with any questions they have on nutrition and training, as well as interview athletes.
    She Has A Trick For Setting Life And Fitness Goals
    Dedicated to helping others achieve their goals, she also sets goals for herself every year. “I usually fixate on one word for the year. Last year it was success and I managed to achieve all my goals except one. Big and small. This year my word is focus and I have written down my goals for the year. My main goals include buying a property of my own, fulfilling my role as HPR sports nutritionist, and growing my online restaurant and training brand.”  
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    OMG! Goodleaf’s Sustainable CBD Drinks Will Be Your New Fave Refreshment

    Ahhhh CBD! The compound that has taken the health and wellness world by storm over the last few years. We’ve seen oils, capsules, body lotions and everything in between. But  for those who want a delicious, refreshing way to reap the CBD benefits, there’s CBD drinks. And we’ve always been big fans of Goodleaf. Here’s why:
    They’re On A Sustainability Journey
    They’ve always been a great option, but they’ve just upped the ante. Goodleaf has switched from a single-use plastic bottle to an aluminium can as part of their sustainability journey. The new 300ml can, as well as all the outer packaging, is 100% recyclable. Now that’s refreshing!
    Goodleaf’s new packaging is as green as the source ingredients of their refreshing CBD sparkling drinks. They’re committed to finding the most environmentally conscious solution at every step of their processes to ensure their products are as wholesome to the planet as they are to you.
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    They Prioritise Your Wellbeing
    The only thing better than a drink that’s good for you is packaging that provides true health and wellness. Goodleaf’s big, lofty goal is to make you better, every day. Your well-being is their priority, so they set out to create packaging that is not only environmentally-friendly, but people-friendly, too! Every can is packaged with a (completely recyclable) foil seal that ensures what you drink is as healthy as it gets.
    Oh and did we mention these drinks are sugar free and preservative free? They’re better for you and better for the Earth!
    They’ve Made Their Drinks Even Cooler
    Refreshment is Goodleaf’s no. 1 priority. So how did they make this sparkling drink even cooler? By adding more of the key ingredient, of course. So, while you get an even cooler can in an even more super-chilled six-pack, they didn’t forget the star of the show: CBD! What’s in the can gets a boost from 8mg to 10mg per 300ml. Now that’s some Good Vibes.
    READ MORE: What You Need To Know About CBD Oil In Beauty Products
    There’s Something For Everyone
    They come in three delicious flavours so you’re bound to find something you like and you definitely have enough options to switch it up when you feel like it. They have Berry & Hibiscus, Peach & Geranium and Mango & Ginger.
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