I’ve had a few friends tell me that they plan on skipping alcohol next month.
Some of them have had a pretty full-on May, it must be said, so I get the logic, but the general talk is about a ‘cleanse’ or a ‘reboot’.
I guess June is as good a month as any, because it’s often pissing down with rain, and we’re all notoriously flaky when the weather turns nasty.
Oh look, a few specks of rain. We better cancel all of our plans and stay indoors.
That’s before you factor in an uptick in the COVID-19 infection rate, and reports of a return to stricter lockdown measures.
Talk of that nature usually results in people descending on the closest liquor store, running down the aisle with a trolley like it’s an episode of Reggie’s Rush, but you’re doing dry June, so no bother.
Instead, you might be considering alcohol-free substitutes in place of your usual tipple, and there are plenty to choose from.
For those who fancy old-school classic cocktails, the Fitch & Leedes Moments vintage mocktails will come in handy, featuring four favourites from years gone by.
The Blushing Mimosa is the non-alcoholic version of this familiar sparkling wine and orange juice classic, with the added twist of cranberry.
When the sun does make an appearance, the Pink G&T is a great non-alcoholic substitute to the classic gin and tonic, featuring bitter citrus notes of juniper berries melded with fresh cucumber and fragrant rosewater.
Hollywood 1930s gets a reboot with the Shirley Temple, featuring a raspberry tang and creaminess mix which has made the sparkling non-alcoholic cocktail famous around the world.
Finally, to help you relive your misspent youth without the headache the next day, the Island Fish Bowl is a tropical burst of coconut blended with the sweet-bitter citrus taste of blue curaçao liqueur.
It’s a beaut, as is the entire range:
Keep a few of those on hand (you can get them all off Takealot), and you may increase your chances of making it through the full month.
They’re also great for bringing to a dinner or braai if you’re trying to fly under the radar, because once it’s in your glass, nobody will be any the wiser.
Whatever your June plans (tipple or no tipple), here’s hoping you get the ‘reboot’ you’re after.
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