Re­duce your al­co­hol in­take in Oc­to­ber make your next drink a mock­tail!


Oc­to­ber is breast cancer aware­ness month – and to cel­e­brate, Breast Cancer Foun­da­tion NZ chal­lenged top Auck­land bar­tender Dar­ren Mi­ley to cre­ate three de­li­cious al­ter­na­tives to your usual al­co­hol-in­fused tip­ple.

‘‘Al­co­hol is a known risk fac­tor in breast cancer – more than one drink a day can in­crease your risk,’’ says Evan­gelia Hen­der­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Breast Cancer Foun­da­tion NZ. ‘‘Mock­tails are a de­li­cious al­ter­na­tive this month.’’

Dar­ren Mi­ley.jpgDar­ren, who is the NZ Bac­ardi Legacy Global Cock­tail Cham­pion, tack­led the chal­lenge with en­thu­si­asm and quickly be­gan look­ing into foods that can ease the side ef­fects of breast cancer treat­ment. ‘‘The rea­son I chose to help out was not only that it was for a great cause, but it was also a chal­lenge. To cre­ate some de­li­cious mock­tails us­ing in­gre­di­ents as­so­ci­ated with healthy liv­ing, while also cre­at­ing an ex­pe­ri­ence for peo­ple who’ve suf­fered from breast cancer, was some­thing I just couldn’t turn down,’’ says Dar­ren.

His recipes use New Zealand-made SHOTT real fruit syrups and in­clude fresh ex­tras such as fresh lemon juice, co­conut, gin­ger and even oats. Make them at home, or ask for them at top cock­tail bar, Mea Culpa - all three will be avail­able here through­out the month of Oc­to­ber.

‘‘In New Zealand, eight women are di­ag­nosed with breast cancer ev­ery day,’’ says Mrs Hen­der­son. ‘‘Of these eight, one will be un­der the age of 45. It’s re­ally im­por­tant that young women re­duce their al­co­hol con­sump­tion in or­der to re­duce their life­time risk.

‘‘Men can also get breast cancer; 25 are di­ag­nosed in New Zealand ev­ery year. Our vi­sion is zero deaths from breast cancer and pre­ven­tion is an es­sen­tial part of this.

‘‘Our ad­vice is to eat healthily, ex­er­cise reg­u­larly and limit your al­co­hol con­sump­tion,’’ she says.

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