If you’ve embarked on a dry month or are planning a more mindful approach to drinking, then you may be wondering how you’ll socialise without alcohol.
While you’ll still be able to enjoy nights at the pub with a non-alc beer, you might find that catching up with friends in other settings is easier, especially in the early days.
Here are five fun ways to socialise without alcohol
1. Walk and talk
Probably the easiest and cheapest option is a walk and talk. You can do it any time of the day, in any weather (hello fancy rain mac), you can even do it during a lockdown. A walk and talk is an excellent win/win, you can catch up with a friend and get your step count up at the same time.
2. Meet for breakfast or brunch
Shake up your schedule and meet your friends for breakfast or brunch. If it’s good enough for Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha then it’s good enough for you. You can use the money you’re saving on alcohol to treat yourself to an extra flat white.
3. Take a class
Going to a class with a group of friends can be great fun and depending on the class you pick, you might learn a new skill too. From pottery to Pilates the options are endless.
4. Get pampered
It doesn’t have to be a whole day at the spa (although I won’t stop you), you can indulge in some pampering at your local nail salon. Meeting for a mani pedi is another great win/win – you get quality time with your friends and you leave with beautiful nails.
5. Invite friends over to try alcohol-free drinks
Of course, taking a break from alcohol doesn’t mean that you have to give up wine (or beer, spirits or cocktails). The huge boom in the alc-free industry means that all of your favourites are available in alc-free form. So, if you are embarking on an alcohol-free adventure, invite your friends round to try some alc-free drinks with you.
Top 5 non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy with friends
Here are some great alcohol-free drinks to get you started.
Lyre's ready to drink G&T is the perfect gin mocktail in a can. It has classic botanical notes and s well as a robust mouthfeel and long finish. Serve with a wedge of lime, sprig of rosemary or slice of cucumber.
Chardonnay is an easy choice because it's the number one white wine in Australia. Newblood use triple distillation as well as alcohol removal to craft a wine that smells and tastes like a classic Chardonnay. It's full-bodied with hints of oak, citrus blossom and honeysuckle, it has a crisp palate and a balanced finish.
Cosmopolitans are the perfect drink for a girls night in and the Ms Sans 0% Alcohol Cosmopolitan already has the alcohol-free vodka and triple sec added in for you. This is mellow, tart and sour and the closest you'll try to the traditional. Just shake, strain and then and garnish with a thin slice of orange or lime. I is also low in calories with no added sugar and no artificial sweetener.
A convincing alternative to french champagne, this sparkling wine has an extra dry crisp taste. It is also Certified Organic, Certified Vegan, and very low in sugar making it one of the better non-alcoholic options in the world.
A wonderful winter warmer, this ready to drink mulled wine is made from South Eastern Australian wine grapes and offers an aromatic fusion of citrus, red currant fruits, clove, cinnamon, and herbal notes. Serve warm!