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How to stay sober (and keep your friends) with these easy non-alcoholic cocktails 

Non-alcoholic cocktails 
A new cocktail recipe book gives well-loved drinks a teetotally fabulous makeover

There are plenty of great words associated with drinking: fun, sparkling, tipsy, giddy, crazy, wild. But when it comes to “sober”, according to the dictionary, we’re suddenly looking at serious, sensible, solemn, grave, sombre, severe and earnest.

It seems there’s a stark choice – you can either be fun, a massive laugh and have a great time with people who love hanging out with you over a bottle or three. Or you can be your old headmistress with toothache.’ So says Flic Everett, the journalist and broadcaster out to prove that the latter scenario is no longer true.

Now a non-drinker and reaping the benefits of increased energy levels, a healthier bank balance and rather less angst, she is, like many of us, enjoying life without booze.

Last year, figures showed that more than a quarter of adults in the UK had cut down on their spending on alcohol 
in favour of a healthier lifestyle; over half of us are trying to moderate our consumption and 10 per cent don’t drink at all, for all sorts of reasons from well-being to simply wanting to wake up without a hangover.

And there is plenty to sip instead, with ever-better non-alcoholic distilled spirits (Seedlip leading the way), sophisticated mixers, zero per cent beers and low-abv wines to choose from, and pubs and bars offering them and other soft drinks as a matter of course.

Hell, it’s more fashionable not to drink these days, and as well as easy ideas to order when out (elderflower pressé and grapefruit juice over ice; cranberry and lime topped up with soda), Flic shares these booze-free cocktails in her new book. Sleek, stylish and grown-up, make them your go-to concoctions for nights when you fancy a glass without the grogginess. 

‘How to Be Sober and Keep Your 
Friends’, by Flic Everett, is published 
 by Quadrille (£12.99). Order your copy from books.telegraph.co.uk