There was a time when, if you went out with a group of friends and turned down an alcoholic drink, people would assume you were either pregnant, driving or just weird. Nowadays there are likely to be at least a couple of people not drinking, maybe for that night or week, or just as long as they feel like it. On page 44 of January's The Simple Things we share the secrets of going dry.
If you're after a dry but not dull alternative to booze, try one of these ideas:
The first alcohol-free spirit comes in two flavours – spice (wintry and smoky), and garden (savoury and herby). Drink with tonic or in a cocktail. From Ocado and Tesco.
Kombucha is fermented tea in a slightly tart sparkling drink a bit like cider. Real Kombucha contains only natural ingredients and no added sugar; realkombucha.co.uk.
Aperitif from the company behind Campari, great for making an alcohol-free Apérol Spritz.
Big Drop makes a stout, pale and spiced ales, with no artificial extraction methods used. bigdropbrew.com.
Lager lovers should try Heineken 0.0, Estrella Damm Free and Big Drop Nix Lager.
Cold-brew and nitro-coffee are big trends for this year. They are brewed cold to create a sweeter, less bitter taste and the latter is infused with nitrogen to create a silky coffee with a foamy head.
Try drydrinker.com for more ideas. They can also create taster packs.