A few too many drinks on a “school night” seems like fun at the time, until the next morning when the hangover kicks in. If you need something to get you through your working day, here are some great non-alcoholic beverages that may just do the trick, and make you feel almost human again for that 8am meeting with your boss.

Coconut water is my number 1 pick
It is more Nutritious than whole milk – Less fat and NO cholesterol!
Healthier than Orange Juice, and much lower calories
Naturally sterile — Water permeates though the filtering husk!
A Natural Isotonic Beverage – The same level we have in our blood (they used it to replace plasma in the Pacific War)
Contains more potassium (at about 294 mg) than most sports drinks (117 mg) and most energy drinks
Has less sodium (25mg) where sports drinks have around 41mg and energy drinks have about 200 mg
Has 5mg of Natural Sugars where sports and energy drinks range from 10-25mg of Altered Sugars

Plain water
Your body is dehydrated so plain water is the next best thing if you don’t have any coconut water

Sports drinks
Even though your body has lost some electrolytes, you don’t need to replace them right away. Save your money on Gatorade as it’s no better for a hangover than water from your tap.


If your drink of choice is beer, here are a few facts you may not have known. So beware when you are ordering!

Low-Carb is not as “healthy” as the packaging and marketing would have you believe. Beer already contains low levels of carbohydrates (the average beer contains only 2 per cent carbohydrate (sugars) by volume, or 7.5 grams in a 375-millilitre can) compared to soft drinks/soda that contain 40 grams (eight teaspoons) of sugar in every 375-millilitre can.

Low-carb beers contain the same level of alcohol as regular beers, and the alcohol is where the kilojoule (calorie) come from, contributing to 75 per cent of the total calories

So if you really want to curb the calories, order ”light” beer not low carb beer!


There is nothing better than a nice glass of wine, great conversation and some bar snacks. But drinking and snacking can add up to a lot of unwanted calories, so order carefully next time.

A serving of potato chips (20 to be exact) can cost you 150 calories.
One cup of Trail Mix has a whopping 693 calories!!
Thank goodness this tasty snack only has seven calories per serving. . . Olives
And a serving of wasabi nuts has 168 calories.


Chinese New Year celebrations have just finished – and it also marks the largest migration of people in the world (passenger trips will exceed 3.2 billion in China) – so it sounds like a few people deserve a drink! Here is a Chinese New Year drink that is always a winner for anytime of year.

Red Lotus Cocktail
A distinct flavor of lychee liqueur is accented with the lighter taste of cranberry – sweet and delicately refreshing
•1 1/2 oz vodka
•1 1/2 oz Lichido Liqueur
•1 oz cranberry juice

1.Pour the vodka, Lichido and cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker with ice.
2.Shake well.
3.Strain into a chilled old-fashioned glass filled with ice.



Detox is over so drinks on the roof anyone? When you are next ordering a cocktail, here are a few of the world’s best rooftop bars you may want to try if you get the chance (and I have been lucky enough to visit most of them)

THE STRAND HOTEL, NEW YORK CITY – Features a lounge on the 21st floor with a retractable glass roof and a bird’s eye view of the Empire State Building. It w…as designed by Lydia Marks, set designer for “Sex and the City” and “The Devil Wears Prada.”

FOUR SEASONS, MUMBAI – Aer is Mumbai’s highest rooftop bar offers panoramic city and sea views and an endless ceiling of sky and stars, creating an atmosphere that redefines the notion of freedom.

VUE BAR, SHANGHAI – Located at Hyatt on the Bund with spectacular views of the Bund and Pudong, it even has a whirlpool on the terrace.

VERTIGO, BANGKOK – On the rooftop of the 61-story Banyan Tree Hotel, is named for Alfred Hitchcock’s famous thriller. The bar is sculpted with escalated platforms and low walls to ensure an outstanding 360-degree panorama of the city.

ROOF, CHICAGO – The 7,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor space on the 27th floor of the Wit Hotel is moody and sleek. One corner features a seven-foot double-sided glass fireplace through which partygoers can gaze upon the Chicago skyline.

MARINA BAY SANDS, SINGAPORE – A 3-acre tropical oasis set atop the three hotel towers with 250 trees, a massive observation deck and an infinity swimming pool. Fear not drinkers, mixed in with all of those amenities are plenty of restaurants and bars offering views of the South China Sea, Marina Bay and the Singapore skyline.