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Sparkling varieties

Bees Knees Rosé, Sparkling 75cl, 0%, £2.75, Morrisons

One in five adults in the UK is now teetotal. Among 16 to 24-year-olds the statistic is even higher, at one in four, and many more are trying to cut down. With an increasing number of alcohol-swerving months in the calendar, this fruit-laden sparkling pink, made from fermented grape juice and green tea ought to be considered for your sipping repertoire.

Shrb Lime Juniper 330ml, 0%, £3.20, Harrods

The shrub was a vinegar-based drink popular in Prohibition-era America. This modern version has enough twang to be a good alcohol substitute. Blended with lime juice, juniper berries and pink peppercorns, there are lemon, apple cinnamon and orange ginger options.

Copenhagen Sparkling Tea BLÅ 75cl, 0%, Jasmine, white tea, Darjeeling, £16, Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum have teamed up with award-winning Danish sommelier, Jacob Koceba, here. Grape juice has been infused with 13 teas, including jasmine, white and Darjeeling, With a heady nose of jasmine and spiced apple, it’s a great alternative to sparkling wine or champagne.


Real Kombucha Smoke House 33cl, 0%, £2.50, Borough Wines

Kombucha originated in China and is being touted as a ‘hot’ health ingredient. A lightly-sparkling, sweet and sour tea-based drink that’s gut-friendly, taste-wise it falls midway between beer and cider. Think apple and smoked caramel, with a malty lick on the finish.

Spirit stand-in’s

Teatotal G’n’T 200ml, 0.5%, £2.50, Harvey Nichols

This authentic mocktail comes ready-mixed, and 90 per cent of 10,000 taste-testers couldn’t tell it apart from the real thing. Essentially tonic water, infused with the botanicals you’d find in gin, it has a spicy nose and a bitter finish.

Seedlip Spice 94 70cl, 0%, £22, Tesco

Dreamed up by Ben Branson, Seedlip is high-end. It’s made like a craft gin, with botanicals distilled in copper pots, then filtered. Allspice, grapefruit, lemon peel, cardamom, American oak and cascarilla bark give a warming kick.

Monte Rosso Spritzer 275ml, 0%, £2.55, Waitrose

The saving grace of this aperitif is its ‘Venetian-style bitters’, which elevate it from humdrum fruit-bomb to sophisticated, adult sipper. Made from rowanberries and mountain cranberries, it’s not far from Aperol, only with greater depth.

Ceder’s Crisp Non-Alcoholic Spirit 50cl, £16, Sainsbury’s

From the Cederberg region of South Africa with flavours of rooibos and Buchu. This is less punchy than Seedlip, with smooth flavours of juniper, orange zest, cucumber and camomile.

Zero beers

Big Drop Stout 330ml, 0.5%, £1.30, Tesco

The low, no-alcohol beer market ramped up 20 per cent in 2017. The craft side is also on the up, with some examples almost better than the real thing. A silver-trophy winner at the 2017 World Beer Awards, founder Rob Fink has created a milk stout with unctuous notes of chocolate and mocha.

BrewDog Nanny State 330ml, 0.5%, £1.29, Ocado

Designed as a riposte to the backlash over their 18.2 per cent Tokyo* stout, here BrewDog maintains flavours over stripping them out in the alcohol removal process. Brewed with eight different malts and six types of hop, and with grapefruit and a touch of smoke on the finish, this is to be taken seriously.

Mindful Drinking Festival, October 13, 12-6pm, The Briggait, Glasgow.