It’s the same old story. We have one glass too many which quickly devolves into five, six or seven before you know it. And it’s all in good fun, after all, it is the silly season.
Naturally, the idea doesn’t always spark much excitement. But that could just be a matter of swapping out the waters for something with a little more lustre.
Because, at the end of the day, whether you’re the designated driver or simply looking after yourself, there’s no need to be sombre when you’re sober.
Famed for its chic-packaged presence, NON drinks are an awesome alternative for natural wine lovers.
Coming in a heap of delectable flavour varieties, they also make a great picnic accompaniment.
While Kombucha has been around for a while, brands like Monceau are giving this gut-friendly beverage a modern twist. Check out their range of pét nat-inspired formulations that include flavours like blood orange and pear.
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Simply add some lime or cucumbers and tonic water to a shot or two of Seedlip’s spirits and you’re good to go. Or, if you’re not in the mood to mix yourself, grab one of their pre-mixed options.
Alternative Aperol Spritz
We wouldn’t blame you for being sceptical of such a concept but Aussie brand Lyre’s Italian Spirit is an ingenious (and low calorie) alternative to Aperol, for those who love a good spritz on the weekend.
Just mix it with a dash of non-alcoholic sparkling wine and some soda water and everyone else at the party will be none the wiser.
Not only can the sugar in most cocktails make them pretty deadly (given they go down a little too easy), but the sweetness also contributes to dehydration which makes your hangover worse and can generally be an energy-killer.
Enter: Monday pre-mixed drinks. With a wide range of very chicly-packaged beverages, this Australian company bottle up your favourite cocktails with none of the alcohol or sugar. The result is a pretty tasty treat that your head will thank you for come Sunday morning.
We’re particularly fans of the Dark & Stormy and the Classic Gin & Tonic flavours (duh).